Imagination Connoisseur, Jason Webster, offers this review of PAWN, a charming story full of humor and heartfelt performances – and one of Jason’s selections for the BEST of 2020.

In 1993, Doo-Seok (Sung Dong-il) ad Jon-bae (Kim Hee-won) work as debt collectors in Incheon, South Korea. One day, they receive Myung-ja’s (Yunjin Kim) nine-year-old daughter Seung-yi (Park So-yi) as collateral for an outstanding debt.

Things a further complicated when Myung-ja is deported due to her status as an illegal immigrant. Suddenly, Doo-seok and Jong-bae are left as Seung-yi’s guardians.

The trio eventually become a makeshift family. Directed by Kang Dae-gyu, The film is not without a few cliché moments and jumps too quickly between child and adult stage of Seung-yi’s life. But these are minor gripes.

There a nice touches of humour and the film is made on the strength of genuinely touching performances by the cast: Sung Dong-il, Ha Ji-won, Kim Hee-won and Yunjin Kim, who are all terrific.

Pawn is the seventh highest grossing film for 2020 at the South Korean domestic box office earing USD$13.36million.

The film achieved a rating of Rating: 7.9 out of 10 on IMDB.

Editor’s note: Here’s an English sub-titled version of the trailer: