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Mother [Blu-ray] (2009)

Hye-ja Kim , Bin Won , Joon-ho Bong  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Ku Jin, Yoon Jae-Moon, Mi-sun Jun
  • Directors: Joon-ho Bong
  • Format: Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JSSPT8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mother [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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From the Award Winning Director Bong Joon-Ho (The Host)

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Mother is a devoted single parent to her simple-minded twenty-seven-year-old son, Do-joon. Often a source of anxiety to his mother, Do-joon behaves in foolish or simply dangerous ways. One night, while walking home drunk, he encounters a schoolgirl who he follows for a while before she disappears into a dark alley. The next morning, she is found dead in an abandoned building and Do-joon is accused of her murder. An inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force result in a speedy conviction. His mother refuses to believe her beloved son is guilty and immediately undertakes her own investigation to find the girl's killer. In her obsessive quest to clear her son's name, Mother steps into a world of unimaginable chaos and shocking revelations.

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mommy dearest... July 27, 2010
Format:DVD
While it took a while for me to really get into this film, I must say that it is still lingering in the back of my mind. This is a hard one to shake, and that is due in large part to a fascinating performance by Hye-ja Kim (think Imelda Staunton in `Vera Drake' without the happy-go-lucky overtones).

The film circles around an elderly woman's search for the truth regarding a murder that places her mentally challenged son in prison. Call it being at the wrong place at the wrong time (supposedly), but Yoon Do-joon finds himself behind bars when a young girl named Moon Ah-jung winds up dead and prostrated on a rooftop for the whole town to see. Do-joon's mother is convinced of his innocence (he couldn't even hurt a water bug) but circumstantial evidence places him at the scene of the crime and thus leaves her with only one option; investigate herself. Scrounging up the truth is a difficult task, and it may lead to answers she isn't ready to stomach, but it is something she needs to do, for herself and for her son.

I'm a really big fan of the film noir and so the tones taken in this film, especially the second half, really appeal to me. The darkness that encroaches on the films plot really flourish as the film progresses, and the conclusion is an emotional gut-punch of a very subtle kind, which I admire, appreciate and respect.

I don't really want to give too much of the films eventualities away, even though the discussion of the mother's motives and actions is eminent. Watching this film is a moral conundrum, and that is something that begs to be analyzed. What I will say though, is that the final moment, on the bus, is probably the most poignant in the entirety of the film for it really nails the mother's moral coffin so-to-speak.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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When her mentally challenged son is charged with a brutal murder, his mother sets out to prove him innocent. When the ordinary channels fail her, she increasingly takes things into her own hands, and is not afraid to get those hands dirty.

While there are scores of films about fathers out to protect and avenge their children who have been victims of a crime, this is the first that I'm aware of in which it is the mother who is out to defend the accused. It is a rich and inventive and, also, dark story, beautifully filmed and directed with subtlety, that offers a fresh look at the police procedural film.

This offbeat new thriller is sustained by a remarkable performance on the part of the leading lady (Hye Ja Kim as "The Mother"); all the other performances are strong, but the at once resolute and unhinged performance of the mother is something I couldn't take my eyes off, from the opening scene where she wanders through a field towards the camera, solemn and serious and suddenly breaks into a dance, to the magical ending on a bus. As with his previous films, Bong Joon Ho manages to convey memories and subjective point of view with a great deal of subtlety, in simple but inventive ways (such as a quick pan to someone who isn't there in the current scene but is being remembered from before). Highly recommended for lovers of inventive cinema, that explores the boundaries of genre in intriguing ways.

The dvd includes a fascinating documentary about the making of "Mother," which offers not only an intriguing look at director Bong Joon Ho in action, but especially emphasizes the importance of mothers in Korean society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Korean Testament to the Human Condition June 9, 2011
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I had been meaning to see this for a while and now regret putting it off. This is another fine example of how excellent Asian and in particular Korean cinema has become. This is from the writer and director of `Memories of Murder' (Bong Joon-Ho)and he builds on his reputation here with another brilliantly crafted film.

It tells of the story of the `mentally challenged' Do-Jung (played by Bin Won), his mother is a herbal medicine maker and illegal acupuncturist on the side. Her son is slow witted and hangs around with a local n'er do well Jin -Tae. He tends to lead Do-Jung astray but he is easily led. His mother has an almost fanatical devotion to her son which goes to extraordinary lengths to care for him.

Do-Jung is supposed to meet Jin-Tae one night at a local bar, but Jin -Tae fails to show. Do-Jung gets very drunk and after passing out is told to get out. On his way home he follows a young girl and tries to talk to her, he is rebuked and goes home. The following day she is found murdered and left in a conspicuous place so is easily found.

The police carry out an unimaginative `investigation' and decide it must be Do-Jung. He is so confused that he signs a confession.

This is where it kicks off, his mum starts to do anything she can to get him released. The lengths she will go to, know no bounds and her journey to discover the truth reveals more truths than she ever wanted to come out.

This is a two hour film that feels like half an hour. It is beautifully shot, the musical score is excellent and the acting superb. This is a story of the human condition, slovenly police and a corrupt system of justice. It could also be called `how far will a mother go?' It had me gripped through out and the unpolished reality of the sets was truly refreshing. If you are a world cinema fan then this is a must see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mother tries to protect Son
DVD quality is excellent. Subtitle good.

The movie was a little slow in the middle but quickly returned to a fast pace. Read more
Published 28 days ago by The Fiddler
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother
This is a very deep movie. Don't want to talk about details and give it away but I highly recommend this movie.
Published 2 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising climax
This movie shows how far a mother is willing to go for her son, even if it means uncovering dark past and questions
Published 3 months ago by Paul
2.0 out of 5 stars just didnt like it
it didn't keep my attention. I thought it was kind of boring!! I was looking for a different type of movie
Published 4 months ago by SilkiKe3
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Watch
Excellent movie. Entertaining. Awesome ending. A must watch Korean movie. Well written and well acted. This is a movie to watch again.
Published 5 months ago by E. Moreno
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most confrontational films I've seen in years.
One of the most confrontational films I've seen in years. Whether the incredible cinematography or the incredible performances, this film kept me glued to the screen from the first... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Geoffrey Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Great acting
Everything you love to see in a movie. Pretty amazing cinematography and story line was bizarrely rich with character flaws that resonate with anyone.
Published 6 months ago by Dilio Nunez
2.0 out of 5 stars DIDN'T LIKE IT
I DIDN'T LIKE THIS MOVIE AT ALL. IT WAS VERY HARD TO UNDERSTAND AND TO FOCUS ON. I LOVE ORIENTAL HORROR MOVIES BUT NOT THIS ONE.
Published 8 months ago by Gothikkkkkk
3.0 out of 5 stars Born Losers' Struggles
A slow and dim witted teen is being tried for murder of the town tart. The box cover and extremely odd opening misrepresent a mostly conventional unfolding of what are admittedly... Read more
Published 9 months ago by mr. critic
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The story of this film will keep you guessing. Overall I thought it was worth watching. Be prepared to read captions
Published 11 months ago by Courtney
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