Mock or Die.
Just as the saying goes, “Some things never change”. The inadequate labor rights seem to be the same at Korean restaurants located in other countries. This has actually been on the news for a long time. The main characters of Mock or Die are a young student studying overseas who is planning to press charges against a Korean restaurant for the poor work condition, and a woman who used to work at the court of human rights in Korea, but now works at the Korean restaurant in France. The characters give you plenty to think about. First, the Korean title mentions lobsters that cannot live without clean water as an analogy of laborers who cannot live without their labor rights protected. The English title explains how they are either mocked or dying. The director’s intentions are clear. Gyeong-ok feels left out working with international students, and those she sought for comfort are disconnected from reality and helpless. The employees at the court of human rights are no different. She eventually lets go of reality by getting hooked on marijuana and her boss gets arrested. Now where will she turn to? The black and white image of her wandering around aimlessly as an illegal worker looks sad. Even a passionate person cannot change the reality and the cold reality drains the hope of doing so. The film is an indifferent confession of this reality. (Kang Sung-ryul)
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