After winning the audience award at the 2012 South by Southwest festival, Eden
gets its UK release this week. Directed and co-written by Megan Griffiths
, the film offers a harrowing examination of sex trafficking. However, despite the vile subject matter and some excellent performances, there is a lingering sense that this feature doesn’t quite hit as hard as it should.
Based on the real life story of Chong Kim
follows the fortunes of 18 year old Korean-American Hyun-Jae (Jamie Chung
), who sneaks into a bar in search of fun after another hard day’s work at her immigrant parents’ gift shop. Taking up an offer for a ride home, she is instead abducted and forced into a life of sex slavery. Renamed ‘Eden
’, she soon realises that her best chances of escape lie in befriending her captors.
, Griffiths succeeds in depicting the despicable nature of the sex trafficking industry,