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Mother - 2009 (마더)

마더 (Ma-deo)

Directed by Bong Joon-ho (봉준호)

Screenplay by ,


128min | Release date in South Korea :

Widowed for a long time, a mother lives alone with her only son. He is 28 years old, a shy and quiet young man. In the aftermath of a terrible murder, the woman’s hope- less, helpless son becomes the prime suspect. There is no real evidence against him, but the police throw groundless suspicion at him. Eager to close the case, the police are happy with their cursory investigation and arrest the boy. His defense attorney turns out to be in- competent and unreliable. Faced with no other choice, his mother gets involved, determined to prove her son’s innocence.
International Film Festivals
2009 Cannes International Film Festival , Un Certain Regard


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  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame] Bong Joon-ho's "Mother - 2009"

    In the Spotlight this Week: "Mother - 2009" by Bong Joon-ho The mother-image invokes particularly powerful emotions within us all; they are the protecting and nurturing figures that we imagine to be compassionately eternal and lovingly steadfast. In "Mother - 2009" that ideal is given a cruel existence, a scratched filmind born from the collision of untouchable family values and modern Korea's fumbling with justice and reliability. How would a widowed mother react if her only son (of 28 years) were accused of cold-blooded murder? An interesting enough thought experiment, but all-star director Bong Joon-ho challenges us further by thinking the son as mentally handicapped, another cruel test of faith for his mother-image. 'Unconditional love' seems an appropriate tool from which to start from here, it's the romantic weapon that tells us all that a mother's love is always forthcoming - like the rise and fall of the sun. "Mother - 2009" is the tragic story of that unconditional love gone awry, lost somewhere in the vast and unforgiving social space that Bong places between mother and son, between their love and shared madness,...More

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CJ Entertainment (CJ엔터테인먼트)
 Hong Kyung-pyo (홍경표)
 Lee Byeong-woo (이병우)
 Score composer
 Bong Joon-ho (봉준호)
 Original idea
 Jung Doo-hong (정두홍)
 Martial arts
 Paek Seung-hwan (백승환)
 Distribution department
 Ryoo Seong-hee (류성희)
 Art director / Production designer / Set design
 Hong Kyung-pyo (홍경표)
 Advertisement picture
 Nam Na-yeong (남나영)
 Negative editing
 Baek Dong-hyeon (백동현)
 Yoon Hyung-tae (윤형태)
 Special effets team
 Lee Jeon-hyung (이전형)
 Computer generated graphics/Digital special effects department
 Kim Chang-ho (김창호)
 Lighting / Cinematography department
 Jung Do-an (정도안)
 Special effects
 Park Yong-soo-I (박용수)
 Cinematographer B team
 Kwon Kwi-deok (권귀덕)
 Car stunts
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128 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
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Airing dates : 2009/05/28
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As of 2019.05.26 :  2 980 954  Admissions (total)
As of 2019.05.19 :  2 980 334  Admissions (total)
As of 2014.02.23 : 2 979 551  Admissions (total)
As of 2009.08.09 : 3,002,572 Admissions (total)
As of 2009.07.19 : 3,001,727 Admissions (total)
As of 2009.07.12 : 2,996,951 Admissions (total)
As of 2009.07.05 : 2,977,005 Admissions (total)
As of 2009.06.28 : 2,926,394 Admissions (total)
As of 2009.06.21 : 2,839,097 Admissions (total)
As of 2009.06.14 : 2,618,172 Admissions (total)
As of 2009.06.07 : 2,190,593 Admissions (total)
As of 2009.05.31 : 1,211,586 Admissions (total)

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Great movie and performances by the main three actors. It really shows how powerful mothers can be.
2009-10-03 06:08:17
2009-05-04 17:57:58
Can't wait to see this movie. Finally Won Bin's back on track. Will this be another great performance by Won Bin?
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