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Feature 9.0
Video 8.0
Audio 6.5
Special Features 7.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: Madman
Classification: MA15+
Minutes: 123 Minutes
Reviewer: Hannah Lee

8.0


Mother

We all know mothers share a very special connection to their children. Their possessiveness, protective instincts and overwhelming affection for their wailing creations are littered all over literature, art and film, as well as every day life – and for the common man, it has a complex and significant bearing on his life. Does poor Oedipus or Norman Bates from Psycho come to mind?

It is this uniquely powerful relationship between mother and son that South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho uses in Mother to give a murder mystery more than just cheap thrills and predictable outcomes. Set in a small and simple Korean town, a single mother goes to great lengths to prove that her handicapped son, Do-Joon, is wrongfully accused of murdering a young girl. With an unfeeling police force working on the case, lawyers who settle for the easy way out and her own son’s mental inability to recall the night of the crime, the odds are against Do-Joon’s mother in finding the real killer but it is her maternal instincts that drive her beyond what most would bear to do.

With such a compelling plot, director Bong doesn’t merely rest on his laurels as a recognised filmmaker in South Korea, having given birth to The Host which ate up mass audiences in the South Korean box-office in 2006. Instead, he stretches his capacities as a director to its limits through his visually captivating style and attention to detail and perfection, which is flawlessly supported by the energy and life that a strong cast is able to endow on the engaging intricacies of the characters. It is through this visually and dramatically powerful execution of Mother that carries the story beyond the standards of an ‘average’ thriller, and lifts it to heights of a ‘sensational’ and ‘original’ quality that you can rarely find in such a popular genre.

The special features included on the DVD include the ‘Making of Mother’ with a documentary-style logging of the first and last days of shooting, an ‘Interview with Director Bong Joon-Ho’, ‘Interviews with main characters, the director and other characters’ as well as ‘Production: Behind the Scenes’ which provide a small but adequate window into director Bong’s conception of Mother, the efforts and commitment nurtured into the film by the cast and crew, and the light-hearted, humorous attitudes of those who made such a serious and dark film possible.

After the many years that director Bong worked on the film, Mother has been set free into the international market like a child of his own – one that will undoubtedly grow and stand as one of the bright beginnings of a successful film industry in South Korea, and one that will hopefully be challenged and triumphed by future productions.


 

 






 
 



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