Mother (2009)
"Madeo" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  28 May 2009 (South Korea)
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A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.



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Jin-tae (as Goo Jin)
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Je-moon (as Jae-moon Yoon)
Sepaktakraw Detective (as Sae-beauk Song)
Byoung-Soon Kim ...
Group Leader
Woo-hee Chun ...
Gin-goo Kim ...
Ah-jeong's Grandma
Moo-yeong Yeo ...
Lawyer Kong Seok-ho (as Ou-hyung Yum)
Young-Suck Lee ...
Elder at Junk Shop
Hee-ra Mun ...
Moon Ah-jeong (as Hee-ra Moon)
Mi-do Lee ...
Young-ki Jung ...
Gyu-pil Go ...
Ddung-ddung (as Kyu-phill Ko)


A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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She'll stop at nothing.

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Rated R for language, some sexual content, violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 May 2009 (South Korea)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,858 (USA) (5 March 2010)


$547,292 (USA) (11 June 2010)

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A Movie Forced to write My First ever Review,,In my Top 3 always

Only a film seen so much perfect was 'The Shawsank Redemption' back in 1995.

Its amazingly focused, awesomely directed and what a heavenly story!, i have seen a lot of twist and turn movies (most of them gets boring in the middle)but this is something out of here..u will admire every scene!

I loved 'Shawsank Redemption and The Dark Knight' didn't find time to give them ratings but this movie forced me to give it a Review 10/10 in IMDb. And by the way if this Movie would have been made by Hollywood, it would have got Oscar, but it got only 8.1/10 in IMDb because its Asian, come on Americans??? Sorry for my grammar

Just Watch ! Definitely Recommended !!

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Ok, so who did it? lilostitch321
Plot hole czenczenczen
10/10..the best movie in years!! Why is this not in IMDB top 250 list?? praveenksingh
Actually the mother was the major cause of the girl's murder !!! tameem_10
Acupuncture, beginning and ending... maxwellmurder19
The cry in front of the new suspect in the jail. What does it mean? kimkegaard
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