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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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Ku Jin ...
Jin-tae (as Goo Jin)
Je-mun Yun ...
Je-moon (as Jae-moon Yoon)
Mi-seon Jeon ...
Mi-sun
Sae-Byeok Song ...
Sepaktakraw Detective (as Sae-beauk Song)
Byoung-Soon Kim ...
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Woo-hee Chun ...
Mi-na
Gin-goo Kim ...
Ah-jeong's Grandma
Moo-yeong Yeo ...
Lawyer Kong Seok-ho (as Ou-hyung Yum)
Young-Suck Lee ...
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Hee-ra Mun ...
Moon Ah-jeong (as Hee-ra Moon)
Mi-do Lee ...
Hyung-teo
Young-ki Jung ...
Kkang-ma
Gyu-pil Go ...
Ddung-ddung (as Kyu-phill Ko)
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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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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$547,292 (USA) (11 June 2010)
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Joon-ho Bong originally conceived the idea for the film long before he made The Host (2006). He wrote his first synopsis in 2004 which was round about the time he met Hye-ja Kim for the first time. See more »

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One of the darkest, most evil characters in movie history, lovingly portrayed
29 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Film loves evil, the vile, the inept, the perverse and the innocent defamed. All of this is in the brilliant film "Mother". One of the greatest faults of Hollywood is the complete omission of this type of character (I can't reveal who), and this amazingly scripted piece of horrific, monstrous human behavior takes tremendous advantage of the fact that WESTERN film makers lack the guts to do this story. It helps American viewers that both the setting (a small town in Korea) and the actors (complete unknowns to this viewer) all create a clean slate for us to experience this level of depravity and pure and utter darkness of the human spirit. I just saw Chloe, and believe it or not, the films are similar. Both use a strange and mundane setting. Both films dig deep into the hollow lives of these characters, bereft of love and even the most elemental human contact and affection in their lives. And both films point out the sheer perversity of the modern human spirit searching for this love we all dare to desire. Nothing is missing from this absolutely brilliant tour de force of human rendering that will leave you in disgust and awe. After all, what are movies for? If you don't want to feel the fear and trembling of this kind of human tragedy, we should all just sit home. This movie is a masterpiece.


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