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The latest film from award-winning Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host) is a unique murder mystery about a mother's primal love for her son.

Mother is a devoted single parent to her simple-minded twenty-seven-year-old son, Do-joon. Often a source of anxiety to his mother, Do-joon behaves in foolish or simply dangerous ways. One night, while walking home drunk, he encounters a school girl who he follows for a while before she disappears into a dark alley. The next morning, she is found dead in an abandoned building and Do-joon is accused of her murder. An inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force result in a speedy conviction. His mother refuses to believe her beloved son is guilty and immediately undertakes her own investigation to find the girl’s killer. In her obsessive quest to clear her son’s name, Mother steps into a world of unimaginable chaos and shocking revelations.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Directed by BONG Joon-ho

Screenplay by PARK Eun-kyo, BONG Joon-ho

Cast: KIM Hye-ja, WON Bin

Executive Producer: Miky LEE

Co-Executive Producers: Katharine KIM, MOON Yang-kwon

Producers: SEOWoo-sik, PARK Tae-joon

Cinematography: HONG Kyung-pyo

Production Design: RYU Seong-hie

Music: LEE Byeong-woo

CAST

MOTHER – KIM Hye-Ja

WON BIN – Do-joon

 

“THRILLING. BREATHTAKING. A MUST-SEE MARVEL. Bong Joon-Ho is one of the coolest international cinema artists working today and his ability to play one tone against another is like the talent of a great jazz master. GRADE A.” – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“AN ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL FILM. Some of the best movie surprises I’ve seen in years. THIS IS FILMMAKING OF A HIGH ORDER.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall St. Journal

“BY MILES THE BEST THRILLER I’VE SEEN THIS YEAR. Riveting and darkly funny. Bong Joon-Ho is a brilliant filmmaker and dazzling crowd pleaser. HE’S THE BEST FILMMAKER TO HAVE EMERGED IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM." John Powers/VOGUE

“A GREAT FILM. A remarkable, full-blooded, constantly inventive movie that enthralls, entertains, horrifies and NEVER LETS GO ITS GRIP.” – Shawn Levy, The Oregonian

“A MASTERPIECE. You really should see this movie.” – Paul Constant, The Stranger

“**** RED HOT. With ‘Mother’, you get it all: sex, cops, suspense, family melodrama, multiple homicides, comedy, acupuncture and heaping helpings of poetic injustice.” - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star-Ledger

“FASCINATING. A pleasure for the mind.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“ENTHRALLING! A DAZZLINGLY MULTIFACETED EPIC OF STUNNING SURPRISE.” – Kevin Thomas, LA Times

“SUBLIME. You never know where ‘Mother’ is going to go next. ALL YOU KNOW IS THAT YOU’RE IN THE HANDS OF A MASTER.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“A FIGMENT OF SAVAGE POWER AND DELIGHT. Bong Joon-Ho”s finest work yet.” – Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix

“**** AN ALLURING PIECE OF WORK.” – Amy Biancolli, SF Chronicle

“A gorgeously creepy mystery.” – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“So much to relish and remember.” – Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

“ONE OF THE YEAR’S MOVIEGOING MUSTS. An impeccably realized murder mystery. A combination of dazzling cinematic craft, psychological insight and black humor.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

“The hard-pounding heart of ‘Mother’, Ms. Kim is a wonderment.” – Manohla Dargis, NY Times

“A SUPERB MURDER MYSTERY, WITH TWISTS COMING THICK AND FAST YET ALWAYS AT THE RIGHT MOMENT.” – Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter

“The first truly great movie of 2010 has arrived. IT’S THE BEST HITCHCOCK MOVIE IN DECADES. Superbly composed set pieces, gut-wrenching suspense, psychologically complex guilt transferrals – it’s all here. AND SO DISTINCTLY A MASTERPIECE OF THE BOOMING KOREAN CINEMA.” – Bob Strauss, LA Daily News

“The sublimely talented Bong Joon-Ho takes on the wronged-man thriller genre and enthusiastically stands it on its head. His currents of dazzling style are enough to keep any movie humming along.” – Scott Foundas, LA Weekly

“A MASTERPIECE OF TENSION. Actress Hye-ja Kim performance rivals anything you’ll see on screen this year. I’m still reeling from what I experienced.” – Jarett Wiselman, NY Post

“A FILM OF DECEPTIVE POWER.” – Marshall Fine, Huffington Post

“A STUNNINGLY FILMED HITCHCOCK PROCEDURAL. Lead Actress Hye-ja Kim is wonderful, intense and fearless.” – Mike Harvey, Nylon

“’Mother confirms Bong Joon-Ho as one of world cinema’s most versatile and arresting talents.” – Mike D’Angelo, The Onion

“THERE”S NO DENYING THE POWER OF KIM’S PERFORMANCE OR BONG’S TREMENDOUS STYLISTIC CONTROL.” – Fernando F. Croche, Slant

 
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