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Mother (2009)

Madeo (original title)
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A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

Director:

Bong Joon Ho

Writers:

Bong Joon Ho (story), Eun-kyo Park (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hye-ja Kim ... Mother
Won Bin ... Yoon Do-joon
Goo Jin ... Jin-tae
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 Byoung-Soon Kim ... Group Leader
Woo-hee Chun ... Mi-na
Gin-goo Kim Gin-goo Kim ... Ah-jeong's Grandma
Moo-yeong Yeo Moo-yeong Yeo ... Lawyer Kong Seok-ho (as Ou-hyung Yum)
Young-Suck Lee Young-Suck Lee ... Elder at Junk Shop
Hee-ra Mun Hee-ra Mun ... Moon Ah-jeong (as Hee-ra Moon)
Mi-do Lee Mi-do Lee ... Hyung-teo
Young-ki Jung Young-ki Jung ... Kkang-ma
Gyu-pil Go ... Ddung-ddung (as Kyu-phill Ko)
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Bong Joon Ho 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 »

Alternate Versions

A black and white version (overseen by Joon-ho Bong) premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2015. The cut (and duration) remain that same, with colour altered. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.21 (2011) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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A mother's love for her child knows no law, no pity. It crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. - Agatha Christie.
5 June 2018 | by Fella_shibbySee all my reviews

Was looking forward to this film after enjoying the director's earlier films, Memories of murder, The host n Snowpiercer. The film is about a mentally challenged kid who is also being overprotected by his single mother who is a specialist in herbs n acupuncture. The kid is arrested n charged with the murder of a young girl but the mother believes he is innocent n she goes out to prove his innocence. The best part about this film is the acting by the lady who played the mother. Another good aspect is the details. When the dead body of the girl is kept on the terrace of a dilapidated house for the whole town to see, we as viewers really wants to know the reason n the reason is explained towards the end well suiting. The direction n cinematography were brilliant. The only problem was the editing. Found it to be a bit slow n long.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

28 May 2009 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Busan, South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,858, 14 March 2010

Gross USA:

$551,509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,149,348
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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