March 12th 2010
  • Thriller,
  • R,
  • 128 min,
  • Magnolia Pictures
  • Cast: Bin Won, Ku Jin, Hye-ja Kim
  • Director: Bong Joon-ho
  • Writers: Bong Joon-ho, Wun-kyo Park, Eun-kyo Park
  • Producers: Jae-Won Choi, Tae-joon Park, Woo-sik Seo
  • Executive Producers: Katharine Kim, Miky Lee, Yang-kwon Moon
  • Costume Design: Choi Se-yeon
  • D.O.P.: Kyung-Pyo Hong
  • Editor: Sae-kyoung Moon
  • Music: Byeong-woo Lee
  • Production Design: Ryu Seong-hie
  • VFX Supervisor: Jihyun Nam


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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • MPAA Warning: Language, some sexual content, violence and drug use
  • Production Budget: $5 million
  • Production Companies: Barunson, CJ Entertainment

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South Korea's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language category in 2010.

2010 Guide Analysis: "Following on from impressive reviews at various festivals throughout the year and in general release in several international territories, Magnolia Pictures is set for a limited early 2010 bow for Bong Joon-ho's fourth film. Having found himself a fanbase with 2007's superb creature feature "The Host", Bong's next project scored enough praise in Cannes, Toronto and the like that it became Korea's official submission for best foreign-language film at the upcoming Oscars.

Though it avoids the political and social commentary of his other films, "Mother" is essentially a mystery noir procedural that makes strong and entertaining statements about maternal devotion. It's a vigilante picture in many ways, the lone parent failing to find help from authority figures and going out to find the killer herself. With strong atmosphere and gripping characterisation on offer, add this to your must see foreign film list."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 28 May 2009: South Korea
  • 9 July 2009: Australia
  • 31 October 2009: Japan
  • 19 November 2009: Hong Kong
  • 31 December 2009: Singapore
  • 27 January 2010: France
  • 5 February 2010: Brazil
  • 5 March 2010: Taiwan
  • 5 August 2010: Germany