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Mother (2009) More at IMDbPro »Madeo (original title)

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Mother -- A woman embarks on an obsessive quest to clear her son's name of murder.
Mother -- A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for their horrific murder.

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Director:
Writers:
Joon-ho Bong (story)
Eun-kyo Park (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
28 May 2009 (South Korea) See more »
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Tagline:
She'll stop at nothing.
Plot:
A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
24 wins & 28 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An extra-loyal mom See more (82 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Hye-ja Kim ... Mother

Bin Won ... Yoon Do-joon
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 ... Group Leader
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 ... Elder at Junk Shop
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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pil-Kyeong Jang
Jeong-wuk Kim
Seung-hyeon Lee
Bok-dong Mun

Directed by
Joon-ho Bong 
 
Writing credits
Joon-ho Bong (story)

Eun-kyo Park (screenplay) &
Joon-ho Bong (screenplay)

Produced by
Joon H. Choi .... associate producer
Katharine Kim .... co-executive producer
Miky Lee .... executive producer
Yang-kwon Moon .... co-executive producer
Yang-kwon Moon .... producer
Tae-joon Park .... producer
Woo-sik Seo .... producer
 
Original Music by
Byung-woo Lee 
 
Cinematography by
Kyung-pyo Hong 
 
Film Editing by
Sae-kyoung Moon 
 
Production Design by
Seong-hie Ryu 
 
Costume Design by
Se-yeon Choi 
 
Makeup Department
Hyun-kyu Hwang .... hair stylist
Hyun-kyu Hwang .... makeup artist
Hee Eun Lee .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Sungho Nam .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hyun-Cheol Park .... third assistant director
 
Sound Department
Ye-jin Cho .... sound designer
Tae-young Choi .... sound supervisor
Hye Young Kang .... sound designer
Min Kyu Kim .... foley mixer
Byung-Ha Lee .... recording
Chung Gyu Lee .... foley artist
Jun-o Park .... sound effects editor
Min Young Park .... dialogue editor
Yong Ki Park .... adr mixer
Yong Ki Park .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Yuseop Ham .... visual effects
Chang-bae Kang .... visual effects artist
Chang-bae Kang .... visual effects
Jihyun Nam .... head of effects
Jeong Hun Seong .... digital effects artist
Zeon-Hyoung Yi .... visual effects supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Yong-gi Lee .... colorist
Na-young Nam .... negative editor
 
Other crew
Hyun-tae Bak .... co-investor
Jésus Castro .... making-of director
Bi-hyung Cho .... co-investor
Won-suk Chung .... co-investor
Hak-beom Kim .... co-investor
Joori Kim .... production assistant
Sean Lee .... investment executive
Yong-Joon Lee .... co-investor
Younjoo Lee .... co-investment executive
Ki-moon Nam .... co-investor
June-tae Park .... co-investor
Bob Seh .... co-investor
Kang-young Shin .... co-investor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Madeo" - South Korea (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language, some sexual content, violence and drug use
Runtime:
128 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:III | Japan:PG12 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:R21 | Singapore:M18 (edited version) | South Korea:18 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45803)
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Trivia:
Meeting Hye-ja Kim was the chief inspiration for director Joon-ho Bong. He met with her frequently over the development of the script to make sure it suited her skills.See more »
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
An extra-loyal mom, 1 October 2009
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Bong Joon-ho's new film is built around actors. The starting point of it is Kim Hye-ja, 'grande dame' of Korean acting (around whom the screenplay by Bong and Park Eun-kyo is built), who gets a chance to break away from the long-suffering, boundlessly loving mother image she maintains in the long-running "Rustic Diary" TV series to embrace a juicier, darker, richer role. Likewise Won Bin, whose pretty-boy looks have gotten him gangster and perfect son casting, here becomes the slack-jawed, unpredictable Do-joon, a "retard," not taken seriously by most of the town, but zealously protected by his apothecary mom (Kim), who even sleeps in the same bed with him, though he's 27. Both the mother's and son's roles are challenging. Kim Hye-ja shows an incredible emotional range within a de-glamorized exterior, and Won Bin subtly side-steps dumb-guy shtick, managing to keep Do-joon lastingly unpredictable and mysterious.

Do-joon has a run-in with the police after he and his friend Jin-tae (Jin Gu) hassle some fat cats at the golf club after one of them hits Do-joon with his Mercedes and doesn't stop. Simple Do-joon brags about being at the police station, but then gets drunk, brooding about the way Jin-tae ribs him for being a virgin and wanting to get laid. Then that same night Ah-jong, a schoolgirl, is found with her head bashed in and Do-joon becomes the prime suspect. His case seems hopeless, but his aging mother, convinced that Do-joon would never hurt a fly, takes it upon herself to conduct her own investigation of the case, which neither the cops nor the fancy lawyer she has engaged are interested in. This story carries its mother-son relationship well beyond the usual. There is no extent to which this mom won't go to protect and exonerate her son, and some of the memories that are dredged up are troubling indeed.

In some aspects 'Mother' reaches back to Bong's 2003 '80's-set police procedural 'Memories of Murder,' particularly to its sensitive development of a small-town milieu. But this film is also full of comic aspects like the director's later international success 'The Host' (2006, also a NYFf selection). The focus on mysterious, isolated people relates to the main character in Bong's top-drawer segment of the 2008 'Tokyo!' trilogy, "Shaking Tokyo." Cell phone cameras, autographed golf balls, and acupuncture also play key roles in the story, which is full of interesting twists and turns. A major turnaround comes from Do-joon's bad-boy friend Jin-tae, whose true role we have no idea of at first.

Bong explodes the image of the ideal mother and as usual, bends genres in this new effort. At times this might seem a twisted psychological thriller with links to Douglas Sirk and Sam Fuller, and the occasionally old-fashioned movie music by Lee Byeong-woo, traditionally surging at key points, reinforces that impression. Ryu Seong-hie, the production designer, has worked extensively with Park Chan-wook, and d.p. Hong Gyeong-pyo does a superb job in integrating the looks of a wide variety of locations. This is highly sophisticated Korean cinema at its technical best.

We can't possibly reveal the outcome: the essence of 'Mother' is that its plot is packed with surprises. Perhaps indeed there are a few too many: the last ten minutes introduce further twists after the surprise climax that might better have been omitted. For all the great look, terrific acting, and explosive plot twists, I'm not sure this is up to the best of Bong Joon-ho's previous work. It's fun and entertaining especially at the outset and watchable throughout, but Bong and Park's screenplay meanders a bit. The film's inclusion in the 2009 New York Film Festival may owe more to timing, to the bloom that's still upon Korean cinema, and to Bong's status as an alumnus of the festival, than to the film's intrinsic merit. (Hong Sang-soo, a NYFF favorite, despite a new film that's received raves, is omitted this year. His 2008 NYFF Paris-based entry was somewhat lackluster. . .)

Bong's 'Mother'/'Madeo' was included in the "Un Certain Regard" series at Cannes, and shown as part of the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center 2009.

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For non-Koreans. Background info. and things you probably missed. deadtree77-1
Did she cause the mental deficits? desksinagym
No expert on Korean law, but it seems like the mother made a mistake FollicleMan
*SPOILER* PLOT DEVICE - JP convicted without proper evidence? jasmeets
The cry in front of the new suspect in the jail. What does it mean? kimkegaard
Actually the mother was the major cause of the girl's murder !!! tameem_10
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