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Mother (2009)

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Crime, Drama, Thriller |

Mother is a South Korean thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho, starring Kim Hye-ja and Won Bin. The plot follows a mother who, after her intellectually disabled son is accused of the murder of a young girl, attempts to find the true killer in order to get her son freed.

The film premiered on 16 May 2009 at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section, and was released in South Korea on May 28, 2009. It received very positive reviews from critics, who praised Kim’s performance, the direction and screenplay, and the film’s uniqueness.

An unnamed widow lives alone with her only son, selling medicinal herbs in a small town in southern South Korea while conducting unlicensed acupuncture treatments for the town’s women on the side. Her son, Yoon Do-joon, is shy, but prone to attacking anyone who mocks his intellectual disability. She dotes on him and scolds him for hanging out with Jin-tae, a local thug. When Do-joon is nearly hit by a car, he and Jin-tae vandalize the car and attack the driver and passengers as revenge. Jin-tae blames Do-joon for the damage done to the car, and Do-joon is sued. His mother struggles with the burden of the debt.

On his way home from a bar late at night, Do-joon sees a high school girl named Moon Ah-jung walking alone and follows her into an abandoned building. The next morning, she is discovered dead on the rooftop, shocking the town and pressuring the incompetent police to find the killer…

Director: Bong Joon Ho

Writers: Bong Joon Ho, Eun-kyo Park

Stars: Hye-ja Kim, Won Bin, Goo Jin, Je-mun Yun, Mi-seon Jeon, Sae-byeok Song, Byoung-Soon Kim

Cast:

Hye-ja KimMother
Won BinYoon Do-joon
Goo JinJin-tae
Je-mun YunJe-moon (as Jae-moon Yoon)
Mi-seon JeonMi-sun
Sae-byeok SongSepaktakraw Detective
Byoung-Soon KimGroup Leader
Woo-hee ChunMi-na
Gin-goo KimAh-jeong’s Grandma
Moo-yeong YeoLawyer Kong Seok-ho (as Ou-hyung Yum)
Young-Suck LeeElder at Junk Shop
Hee-ra MunMoon Ah-jeong (as Hee-ra Moon)
Mi-do LeeHyung-teo
Young-ki JungKkang-ma
Gyu-pil GoDdung-ddung (as Kyu-phill Ko)
Hong-jib KimJong-pal
Kyung-suk MinSecretary
Kyung-Sook ChoMi-na’s Mama
Myung-shin ParkChief
Young-gil YoonField Detective
Byeong-gil KwonFormer Dean of Golf
Beom-Taek KwonGolf Cart-Driving Professor
Deok-seong HaFleeing Professor on Golf Course
Dong-hun LinFat Professor on Golf Course
Jeong-eun LeeAh-jeong’s Eyeglasses Relative
Byeong-ah ImAh-jeong’s Fighting Relative
Hwang Young HeeAh-jeong’s Pregnant Relative
Mi-jun KimLaundry Shoulder Lady
Kyung-yeun HongLady in the Laundry
Tae-won KimYoung Do-jun
Chris Briscoe(as Christopher Briscoe)
Pil-Kyeong Jang
Moon-Eui Jo
Jeong-wuk Kim
Seung-Hyun Lee(as Seung-hyeon Lee)
Bok-dong Mun
Dong-hun YumGolf range instructor
Hyeon-ju LeeClapping room lady (uncredited)
Ok-ju LeeFemale mart worker (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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