Synopsis by Mark Deming
One man's desperate effort to survive rests in the hands of a woman bent on revenge in this thriller from South Korean director Huh Jong-ho. Tae Gun-ho (Jeong Jae-young) earns his living as a collection agent, and he's one of the best in the business, willing to go to any lengths to get money from a deadbeat client. When Tae begins experiencing fainting spells on the job, he sees a doctor and is soon diagnosed with advanced liver cancer. Tae needs a transplant within two weeks if he wants to recover, and since his son, who died several years earlier, donated his liver to an organ bank, he figures his best bet is to find the recipient and see if there's a proper match in the family. As it happens, his son's liver now resides in Cha Ha-yeon (Jeon Do-yeon), a con artist who is about to be released from prison. Tae approaches her about his problem, and Cha replies that she might be willing to help if he'll help her settle some old scores, sending him on a series of skirmishes with her many foes. Countdown received its North American premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
alliance, cancer, client, collection, con-artist, faint, prison, revenge, son, survivor, transplant