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Mother - Preview & competition


Preview by Jack Foley

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: The Making of Mother, the transformation of Hye-Ja Kim, cast and crew reflect, Trailer.

HYE-ja is a single mother and her son is her world. Do-joon is 27 but has the mind of a child, he is naïve and completely dependent on his mother.

When a young girl is found dead on the roof of a run down building, evidence is found that incriminates Do-joon and he is accused of the murder. An inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force that closes Do-joon’s case too quickly inspire his mother to act on her own — to act as Mother in its purest form.

Summoning all her maternal instincts and trusting no one, she sets out to find the killer and prove her son’s innocence.

After completing only three feature films Barking Dogs Never Bite, Memories of Murder and The Host, writer and director Bong Joon-ho’s undeniable talent pushed him to the forefront of the Korean film industry.

Memories of Murder was a gripping thriller about a series of unsolved murders in the 1980s. The Host followed a family as they dealt with a monster that rose from the Han River in the middle of Seoul.

The films of Bong Joon-ho regularly, and brilliantly, break with convention, thanks to an imagination that is not confined to the accepted parameters of humour, suspense, or horror.

Bong Joon-ho remains a director of intimacy even as he puts himself in the public eye, and despite holding the Korean box office admissions record (with 13 million for The Host), he chose to examine the simple figure of the mother for his latest film.

Mother dissolves Korean social reality and family drama in a vat of larger-than-life imagination. Bong turns his camera on a figure well known to all, once again exploring it through unexpected cinematographic aspects.

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Win Mother on DVD

To celebrate the release of Mother on DVD on September 20, IndieLondon has teamed up with Optimum Home Releasing to offer readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question.

Q.What is the name of another film directed by Bong Joon-ho?

Simply send the answer to Mother competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

In Korean, with subtitles

Certificate: 15
Running time: 2hrs 4mins
UK DVD Release: September 20, 2010