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MOTHER aka MADEO
USA: Magnolia Pictures
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Kim Hye-Ja, Won Bin, Jin Goo, Yoon Jae-Moon, Jun Mi-sun, Lee Young-Suck, Song Sae-Beauk, Na Mun-hee, Chun Woo-hee
Directors: Bong Joon-Ho
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean (English subtitles)
USA: 128 mins
UK: 129 mins
USA Rated: R for language, some sexual content, violence and drug use
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language, sex and violence
USA Release Date: 12 March 2010 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 20 August 2010 (Limited Release)
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"Don't trust anyone. You go out and find the real killer..."
Hye-ja is a single mother to 27 year-old Do-joon. Her son is her focus in life. Though an adult, Do-joon is na´ve and dependent on his mother, and sometimes behaves in ways that are stupid or simply dangerous. He is a constant source of anxiety for everyone.
One day a young girl is found dead in an abandoned building and Do-joon is accused of her murder. When an apathetic police force close Do-joon's case too quickly and through the actions of an inefficient lawyer, his mother takes it upon herself to try and clear her son's name - to act as Mother in its purest form. Summoning all her maternal instincts and trusting no one, she sets out to find a killer and prove her son's innocence.
The director of contemporary Korean classics MEMORIES OF MURDER and THE HOST returns with a wickedly twisted tale about what can happen when a mother's love for her son goes too far.
Part detective story, part melodrama but still a totally original construct with its own shape and style. This darkly comic film from South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho has quickly acquired cult status. Maternal love comes into its own as a mother turns super-sleuth to seek justice for her son.