The South Korean movie “Mother” is coming to theaters in limited release this March. It has won critical acclaim from multiple international film festivals: Toronto, New York, and Festival De Cannes. If you watch the preview, you can feel the movie’s intensity and just watching the short clip made me scared. It’s directed by Bong Joon-Ho who’s artful direction was previously seen in The Host and Memories of Murder. The film press is praising Bong Joon-Ho’s latest work with high praise in the name of Hitchcock.
“BY MILES THE BEST THRILLER I’VE SEEN THIS YEAR. Riveting and darkly funny, Bong Joon-Ho is a brilliant filmmaker.”
— JOHN POWERS, VOGUE
“Go! As he previously did for the police procedural (Memories of Murder) and the monster movie (The Host), South Korea’s sublimely talented Bong Joon-ho takes another venerable pulp genre — the wronged-man thriller — and enthusiastically stands it on its head.”
— LA WEEKLY
Hye-ja is a single mom to 27-year-old Do-joon. Her son is her raison d’être. Though an adult in years, Do-joon is naïve and dependent on his mother, and a constant source of anxiety, often behaving in ways that are foolish or simply dangerous. Walking home alone one night down a nearly empty city street, he encounters a young girl 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. Thanks to an inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force, Do-joon’s case is quickly closed, but his mother refuses to let this be the end of the story. Trusting no one, Hye-ja’s maternal instincts kick into overdrive, and she sets out to find the girl’s killer and prove her son’s innocence.