On a rainy night in Busan, So-young (Lee ‘IU’ Ji-eun) finds herself facing a difficult decision. She leaves her baby, Woo-sung, outside a ‘baby box,’ a safe place set up in Korean churches for new mothers to leave unwanted infants. However, fate takes an unexpected turn when Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho), the owner of an unofficial adoption brokerage, discovers the baby and decides to find him a new home.
So-young, determined to be a part of her child’s life, embarks on a quest to reunite with Woo-sung. Along the way, she encounters Dong-soo (Gang Dong-won), Sang-hyun’s business partner, and together they form an unlikely alliance. Their journey becomes even more extraordinary when a seven-year-old stowaway from a nearby orphanage joins their cause. Little do they know, they are being closely pursued by two determined detectives, Bae Doona and Lee Joo-young, who are determined to thwart their plans.
As they search for Woo-sung’s new family, this extraordinary group finds solace and support in one another. Through their trials and adventures, they form a makeshift family, unaware of the bonds they are creating. Broker is a heartwarming, funny, and profoundly moving tale that explores the power of love, kinship, and the resilience of the human spirit.
Hirokazu Kore-eda, the masterful Japanese director, has captivated audiences with his emotionally intimate and profound explorations of human relationships. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the human condition, Kore-eda has crafted films that touch the heart and provoke thought. From his early works like After Life and Nobody Knows to his acclaimed Still Walking and Palme d’Or-winning Shoplifters Kore-eda’s films delicately navigate the complexities of family dynamics, memory, and the power of human connections. With naturalistic performances and meticulous storytelling, his cinema resonates on a universal level, establishing him as a revered figure in contemporary Japanese filmmaking. Returning in 2023 with his first film since Shoplifters, Kore-eda delivers Broker, a heartwarming and emotionally charged journey as he weaves his magic once again. Broker promises to captivate audiences with its poignant storytelling and unforgettable characters, creating an experience that will touch the deepest corners of your heart.