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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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Release Date:
28 May 2009 (South Korea) See more »
She'll stop at nothing.
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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24 wins & 29 nominations See more »
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A slow burning thriller that rewards the viewer See more (82 total) »


  (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
Dongho Han .... senior fx
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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Rated R for language, some sexual content, violence and drug use
128 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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While filming the opening sequence of Mother's dancing, director Joon-ho Bong danced together with Hye-ja Kim to make her feel less nervous.See more »
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Why did Mother attempt to poison Do-joon when he was five years old?
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A slow burning thriller that rewards the viewer, 3 August 2009
Author: Jurguens from Australia

Yoon Do-Joon has an intellectual disability. His friend is a bit of a trouble maker. His mother is always worried about him and protective to the extreme. A young girl is murdered and the lazy police of this small Korean town blame the obvious and helpless Yoon Do-Joon. The police interrogate him and make him sign a confession but Yoon Do-Joon is not really aware that he is signing his entry to prison. The mother, confident about her son's innocence will investigate the case and will go to any extent to free her son.

After the success of The Host (2006), Joon-ho Bong has crafted an intimate slow burning thriller with suspense elements that is contained in a small town, with small characters, but has a great scope. This movie is more similar to his first two movies, which I highly recommend. Hye-ja Kim is excellent as the mother. Her performance is understated but at the same time intense, cold and at the same time powerful. The cinematography is beautiful. The film moves along and builds slowly, more akin to the tempo of the small town we're visiting for the duration of the film, but the twists, turns, and suspense make it a highly rewarding and satisfying ride.

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Recent Posts (updated daily)User
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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