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Mother

South Korea`s official submission to the 82nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009. A widowed mother lives alone with her only son, Do-joon. He`s 28 years old, a shy and quiet young man. In the aftermath of a terrible murder, the woman`s son becomes the prime suspect. There`s no real evidence against him, but the police zero in on him simply because he can`t prove his innocence. Eager to close the case, the police arrest the boy. His defense attorney turns out to be incompetent and unreliable, making a conviction seem inevitable. Faced with no other choice, his mother gets involved, determined to prove her son`s innocence.

Language: Korean
Subtitle: English
Classification: M18
Release Date: 28 May 2009
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 2 Hours 9 Minutes
Distributor: The Projector
Cast: Kim Hye-Ja, Won Bin, Jin Goo, Yoon Je-Moon
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Format: 2D

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Watch this if you liked: “The Chaser”, “By The Pricking Of My Thumbs”, “Memories Of Murder”

"Mother" (Korean: "Madeo") is one of those R-rated, CAT III Korean movies with a very Hitchcockian international feel, which is why it is South Korea's official submission to the 2010 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Pic. After the director's high-grossing creature feature "The Host" (2006), talented director Bong Joon-ho returns with a surrealistic psychodrama mystery that is at once suspenseful, artistic and of course, incredibly original.

Boasting a powerhouse performance by legendary TV actress Kim Hye-ja as an unlicensed acupuncturist in a rural settlement, this movie is about a devoted mother with a somewhat mentally-challenged son named Yoon Do-joon (Won Bin), who becomes the chief suspect for the murder of a young girl. Stylistically similar to the filmmaker's "Memories Of Murder" but not risking any spoilers, the story progresses with elements of sexual promiscuity, village sentiment, maternal love and human guilt, not to mention crime and punishment. It's highly engrossing flow and execution then culminates in a shocking anti-twist that must surely be remembered only too well by those who are putting this film down as something like a modern masterpiece in thriller narration.

Visually rich and intriguing, "Mother" evokes the same construction and deconstruction in contemporary movies like "Old Boy", "Bad Guy" and "The Chaser" but its introspective reach is more immediate, satisfying and accomplished. For a 128-minutes movie, this is value-for-money at the cinemas.


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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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