|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Bin Won, Ku Jin, Kim Hye-ja, Yoon Jae-Moon, Mi-sun Jun, Young-Suck Lee, Sae-Beauk Song, Mun-hee Na, Woo-hee Chun, Byoung-Soon Kim|
|Directors:||Bong Joon-ho, Bong Joon-ho|
|Genres:||Drama, Thriller, World Cinema|
|Collections:||Awesome Asian Films, Critic's Choice, Exclusive Films, HD Films, HD Thriller, HD Thriller Movies, Hidden Gems, Iron Ladies|
|2hrs 3 mins||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||2 hours 3 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Korean actress Kim Hye-je delivers a stunning performance as the mother of a mentally challenged boy who is accused of a murder. The highly unorthodox methods used to prove her son's innocence make this a fascinating study of the complexity of motherly love.
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Another great film from Bong Joon-hoBy Daniel Pollard from Manchester, England , 25 Oct 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]The latest film from South Korean maestro Bong Joon-Ho is a strange and compelling mystery about a mothers unconditional love for her son. The story revolves around the titular mother, determined to uncover the truth of her sons conviction for murder. During her investigation she tumbles through a maze of mucky lawyers and policemen, untrustworthy school friends, judgemental neighbours, and through her love for her son, edges closer to the truth. Theres a great scene, which seems to be a direct homage to David Lynchs dark suburban masterpiece Blue Velvet, where the mother hides in a wardrobe to watch a couples most intimate moments and sneaks out whilst theyre asleep. Throughout the whole film the acting is perfect, especially Kim Hye-Ja as the mother, whilst the scenery and shots of small town South Korea are beautiful, with some even reminding me of Terrance Malicks classic Days of Heaven. Its a very surprising, rewarding and fulfilling film. Recommended.
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Definite gemBy Risekr (16 reviews) from Hampshire , 21 Dec 2013This is the first Korean film I have seen - I think it sets the bar quite high. Loved the mother and the lengths she goes to for her son.
one Mother of a film!By Ron666 (18 reviews) , 07 Dec 2013Without spoilers I would say this is a very good film. A good story unfolds and gets better as it goes. Asian cinema for me has always been more inventive and less predictable.
acupunture worksBy rlouis (2 reviews) , 01 Dec 2013a marvelous advert for the restorative powers of acupunture!Well thats just the last scene,the rest of the film suceeds in bringing life to a familiar theme and the acting is exellent
Another gemBy a customer , 01 Sep 2013Absolutely loved this movie. I disagree with one poster about this movie being slow. The acting, from Kim, who played the mother was oustanding. Very atmospheric, and beautifully filmed.
A Korean gem.By HarryWilding (38 reviews) , 19 Nov 2012Original and clever, the story of a mother stopping at nothing to prove her 28 year old, mentally handicapped sons innocence after he is accused of murder, keeps you gripped throughout. There are mesmerising and shocking moments, in a beautifully shot and beautifully acted wrapping.