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Movie/Drama
Mother (2009)

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genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
country: South Korea
Introduction
The Host director Bong Joon Ho presents a different kind of monster in a searing, subversive mystery thriller that rips through the facade of small-town Korea. Veteran actress Kim Hye Ja delivers a commanding performance as the devoted mother who goes to desperate extremes to protect her mentally disabled son, played by popular actor Won Bin (Taegukgi) appearing in his first film in five years. Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, Mother opened in Korea to blockbuster reception, proving to be another commercial and critical hit for Bong.

Seemingly normal people and places peel away to reveal an unsettling portrait of small-town Korea gone wrong in Mother. When mentally slow Do Joon (Won Bin) gets arrested for murder, his mother (Kim Hye Ja) faces an uphill battle to clear his name. Everyone including the police are convinced that Do Joon is the culprit, but she knows that her son wouldn't kill. She begins to dig left and right to find the real killer herself, but her sleepy hometown holds many secrets that are best left unturned.

AWARDS:
* China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival - Best Actress
* Busan Film Critics Association Awards - Best Film, Best Actress & Best Cinematography
* Festival De Cannes - Official Selection un certain regard
* New York Film Festival - Official Selection
* Toronto Film Festival - Official Selection
Storyline
Hye-ja (Kim Hye Ja) is a long ago widowed mother who lives alone with her only son Do-jun (Won Bin : Autumn in my heart ). Although Do-jun is 28 years old, his mental capacity is far below someone his age and perhaps the reason for his many eccentric personality traits.

Late one night, Do-jun leaves a bar drunk and walks home. Along the way home, he follows a school girl down an alley, before a huge rock thrown his way chases him away. When he arrives home, Do-jun sleeps on the floor next to his mother like he always does.

The next day the police discover a murdered high school girl and a golf ball with Do-jun's name inscribed on it near the crime scene. With only this small bit of evidence, Do-jun is taken into custody and promptly arrested for her murder. His defense attorney looks for a quick plea bargain - which would require Do-jun to spend four years in detention - which isn't an option for Hye-ja and her only son. Faced with no other options, Hye-ja takes the initiative to prove her son's innocence.
Production Note
1. Screenplay for "Mother" was written specifically with veteran actress Kim Hye Ja in mind and her character is named "Hye-ja" accordingly.
2. As of November 10, 2008 "Mother" has completed approximately 20% of its filming. The movie has already sold distribution rights to Diaphana Films in France (previously released Secret Sunshine in 65 theatres in France) and Bitters End in Japan.
3. "Mother" opened #1 at the South Korean box office selling 808,898 tickets on 756 screens (43.8% of all ticket sales) during its opening weekend (May 29 - May 31).
4. Through its South Korean theatrical run "Mother" sold a total of 3 million tickets (grossing 19.9 billion ₩) & staying in the top ten for 6 consecutive weeks.
5. "Mother" was chosen as Korea's submission to compete for the Best Foreign Language Film in the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010. The other candidates were " Frozen Flower," "Thirst," "Breathless," "Old Partner," and "Lifting King Kong"
6. On August 31st, 2009 Magnolia Pictures announced it has acquired North American distribution rights for "Mother".
7. "Mother" opened theatically for the first time outside of Korea on October 31st, 2009. For it's first week of release, "Mother" will play on 45 screens with expansion expected if reception is strong. "Mother" also held its Japanese premiere on October 27th, in Shinjuku, which was attended by first lady Miyuki Hatoyama - the wife of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.



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Duration: 128mins
Certification:
Released: May 28, 2009

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Production: Barunson Entertainment
Distribution: CJ Entertainment

Format: 35mm Film
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
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