A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

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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
Jin Goo ... 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)
Yeong-seok Lee Yeong-seok Lee ... Junk Shop Elder
Hee-ra Mun Hee-ra Mun ... Moon Ah-jeong (as Hee-ra Moon)
Woo-hee Chun ... Mi-na
Byoung-Soon Kim Byoung-Soon Kim ... Group Leader
Moo-yeong Yeo Moo-yeong Yeo ... Lawyer Kong Seok-ho (as Ou-hyung Yum)
Yeong-gi Jeong Yeong-gi Jeong ... Kkang-ma (as Young-ki Jung)
Go Gyu-Pil ... Ddung-ddung (as Kyu-phill Ko)
Mi-do Lee Mi-do Lee ... Hyung-teo
Jin-gu Kim Jin-gu Kim ... Ah-jeong's Grandma
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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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Rated R for language, some sexual content, violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Because of phonetic differences between English and Korean, both "Mother" and "Murder" are spelled the same when translated to Korean characters. The movie title, "Madeo", is a play on this similarity, suggesting both "Mother" and "Murder". 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

References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »

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Song of Joy
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Heard on the lawyer's phone
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A slow burning thriller that rewards the viewer
3 August 2009 | by JurguensSee all my reviews

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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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

28 May 2009 (South Korea) See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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