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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 that framed her son for a girl's horrific murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
20 wins & 25 nominations See more »
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A Nutshell Review: Mother See more (80 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
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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
Kang Chang-bae .... visual effects artist
Yuseop Ham .... visual effects
Changbae 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:PG-12 | 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:
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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FAQ

Why did Mother attempt to poison Do-joon when he was five years old?
What is "deodeok root" and "gugija"?
Why were all the passengers dancing in the aisle of the "Thank You Parents" tour bus near the end of the movie?
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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Mother, 31 December 2009
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

If you're familiar with Bong Joon-ho's works, then Mother comes without surprise at how he deftly weaves a story about mother's love into a mystery thriller that will keep you guessing every step of the way, with enough emotional firepower to twist a knot in your stomach when the truth gets played out. It's a standard three act structure here where the first hour establishes the strong family bonds between Mother (Kim Hye-Ja) and child Yoon Do-Joon (Won Bin), bordering quite close to being incestuous (but this is glossed over since we're dealing with a man-child here), before they key murder scene beocmes the catalyst for Mother to do some serious investigations work in order to prove her son's innocence, given that the perverted justice system provided that bad after-taste.

I particularly enjoyed the epilogue, which ties in with the inexplicable opening credits which made more sense once you've come full circle at the end. It's the classic mantra of two wrongs never making one right, and how in the protection of loved ones, one will resort to extreme measures that blind common, good sense, and become a "rather you than me" syndrome, which I believe every one of us are capable of if we find ourselves pushed to a corner with no where to run. Bong Joon-Ho is again at his element in unravelling the investigations process, which ties in black comedy with painful, dramatic moments, being evenly paced with heightened tension at appropriate moments.

And kudos of course must go to actress Kim Hye-Ja, who almost single-handedly carried the film on her own, since Won Bin disappears mid-way through. Her single mom, with so much affection for her son, just dazzles and makes it convincing that she's been that single pillar of strength and shelter for her son when he gets up to shenanigans brought about by no good company of his. It's not the first time Do-Joon got himself into a fix, given the strange mannerisms he's been taught to try and jog his memory, and Won Bin showcases his acting chops as the dim-witted boy whose disability gets frequently exploited, coming off as endearing at times, so much so that you're quick to judge and side with him as a victim of circumstances, being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Mother is definitely recommended stuff, especially if you're a Bong Joon-Ho fan as he delivers yet another powerful film that will leave plenty of post-screening discussion.

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No expert on Korean law, but it seems like the mother made a mistake FollicleMan
what is the meaning of the colour of the mothers clothes? ciaran-g-doherty
10/10..the best movie in years!! Why is this not in IMDB top 250 list?? praveenksingh
Plot hole czenczenczen
Actually the mother was the major cause of the girl's murder !!! tameem_10
Ok, so who did it? lilostitch321
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