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Mother (2009) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Won Bin (Actor) | Kim Hye Ja (Actor) | Jin Goo (Actor) | Bong Joon Ho (Director)
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The Host director Bong Joon Ho presents a different kind of monster in a searing, subversive mystery thriller that rips through the facade of small-town Korea. Veteran actress Kim Hye Ja delivers a commanding performance as the devoted mother who goes to desperate extremes to protect her mentally disabled son, played by popular actor Won Bin (Taegukgi) appearing in his first film in five years. Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, Mother opened in Korea to blockbuster reception, proving to be another commercial and critical hit for Bong.

Seemingly normal people and places peel away to reveal an unsettling portrait of small-town Korea gone wrong in Mother. When mentally slow Do Joon (Won Bin) gets arrested for murder, his mother (Kim Hye Ja) faces an uphill battle to clear his name. Everyone including the police are convinced that Do Joon is the culprit, but she knows that her son wouldn't kill. She begins to dig left and right to find the real killer herself, but her sleepy hometown holds many secrets that are best left unturned.

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Product Title: Mother (2009) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 非常母親 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台灣版) 非常母亲 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台湾版) 母なる証明 (DVD) (台湾版) Mother (2009) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Also known as: 母親 / 骨肉同謀 母亲 / 骨肉同谋
Artist Name(s): Won Bin (Actor) | Kim Hye Ja (Actor) | Jin Goo (Actor) 元斌 (Actor) | 金惠子 (Actor) | 晉久 (Actor) 元斌 (Actor) | 金惠子 (Actor) | 晋久 (Actor) ウォンビン (Actor) | キム・ヘジャ (Actor) | チン・グ (Actor) 원 빈 (Actor) | 김혜자 (Actor) | 진구 (Actor)
Director: Bong Joon Ho 奉 俊昊 奉 俊昊 ポン・ジュノ 봉준호
Release Date: 2010-10-13
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 129 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023596921

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金馬國際影展觀眾票選最佳影片NO. 1

【駭人怪物】【殺人回憶】大導演 奉俊昊 又一驚世動人鉅作

守寡多年的母親(金慧子 飾)與唯一的兒子斗俊(元斌 飾)相依為命,儘管斗俊已年近三十,天生的智商缺陷卻使他非常依賴母親,連性格也像小孩般天真單純,因此斗俊時常做出一些令人難以預料的脫序行為。某天,一個年輕女孩的屍體被發現遭棄置於一棟廢棄大樓內,斗俊被警方視為頭號嫌疑犯而遭到羈押,完全不了解事態嚴重性的斗俊,竟在警方脅迫下承認了罪行!出於人類本性中最原始的母愛,沒有任何背景與社會影響力的母親為了拯救兒子,無所不用其極地要為兒子洗清罪嫌,難以預期的連鎖效應和驚駭秘密也接連爆發…

導演:奉俊昊Bong Joon Ho《殺人回憶》《駭人怪物》
金慧子Kim Hye Ja《宮:野蠻王妃》《自從認識你》首爾影評人協會影后
元斌Won Bin《太極旗:生死兄弟》《來不及對你說》韓流人氣偶像演技代表作
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November 3, 2009

This professional review refers to Mother (2009) (DVD) (2-Disc) (Special Edition) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
After the mega-blockbuster The Host (now Korea's highest-grossing film), director Bong Joon-Ho outdoes himself by trying not to outdo himself with Mother, a mystery-thriller that plays like a more intimate version of the director's 2003 classic Memories of Murder. While Mother doesn't achieve that level of masterful filmmaking, it still has the superb directorial touches and great performances to make this an easy pick for one of the best Korean films of 2009.

However, the film's potentially melodrama-infested plot is not the reason for the acclaim. Mentally-handicapped Do-Joon (Won Bin, in his first role since completing his military service) lives with his sometimes-overbearing Mother (Kim Hye-Ja, whose character is never given a name) in a small town, but he spends most of his time outside with his violent, foul-tempered friend Jin-Tae. One day, Do-Joon is nearly hit by a luxury car, prompting he and his friend to pursue revenge at the nearby country club. A sloppy confrontation later, Do-Joon's mother ends up having to pay for the damages, while Do-Joon simply goes home with a couple of golf balls with his name on it.

When Do-Joon's golf ball is found next to a murdered high school girl hanging over the roof of a building, the cops see it as an open-and-shut case and immediately arrest Do-Joon. Threatened by the police with interrogation and not having any memory of what happened that night, the absent-minded man-boy (who still sleeps next to his mother with his hand on her breast) can't even come up with proof to defend himself. However, his mother insists - even to the dead girl's family - that her son is innocent, and embarks on a journey to find the real killer.

Even though the investigation drives the film along, Bong Joon-Ho isn't interested in a crime procedural. Instead, the script by Bong and co-writer Park Eun-Kyo brings the clues to the Mother, and leaves the focus on her determined psychological state and the dangers she faces. Replacing a complicated web of clues is the complex emotions of the characters. In the hands of a lesser writer-director, Mother could've been overrun by hyperactive emotions, as it begins to resemble a melodrama. Bong and Park instead stick closely to thriller territory, telling the story with as little sentimentality as possible, and turning every human emotion into primitive instinct. This handling not only efficiently advances the story, but it also makes the characters' actions and their emotions more believable. This is not a film with a clear-cut ending, and the moral complexities suggested by the conclusion will disturb audiences who are used to seeing only good and evil in their films.

As strong as the script is, the strongest aspect of Mother is the continuing maturation in Bong's directorial style. Every shot and every camera movement is well-calculated, with no shot ever staying with a single frame for too long. Bong avoids the showy long-takes of his previous films, though the camera movements remain impressive at drawing attention to themselves. He also amps up the tension in a brilliant, Hitchcockian manner, often opting for extreme close-ups on specific actions or his actors' faces. The result is an often intense film by a confident filmmaker who doesn't need to resort to cheap loud scares to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Of course, the only way Bong can rely on extreme close-ups is if the actors deliver, and they certainly do. Despite all the hoopla and the obvious challenges, Won Bin's role as the dim-witted Do-Joon isn't as showy one might expect. Meanwhile, Jin Goo's tough masculine persona obviously caught enough attention to earn him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at this year's Grand Bell Awards. But both men take a backseat to Kim Hye-Ja, who naturally dominates the film as the mother by virtue of her screen time. But because of Bong's avoidance of melodrama, Kim's performance is subtler than one might expect from a veteran TV actress, to the point that it almost seems anti-climatic. Nevertheless, there's no doubt that Kim has the command and the acting chops to make her character constantly compelling to watch.

However, Mother is ultimately Bong Joon-Ho's show. Like his friend and fellow filmmaker Kim Ji-Woon, Bong takes genre conventions and twists them to fit his own brand of storytelling. While Kim simply gives conventional genres new visual aesthetics, Bong pushes his genres to extremes. Just like using a true-life murder case in Memories of Murder for social commentary, Bong uses the murder mystery in Mother to push maternal sacrifice at a primitive level. Naturally, the film isn't as audience-pleasing as The Host (despite moments of dark humor), but what's lost in entertainment value is compensated plenty by superb storytelling. The Host may be a better commercial movie, but Mother is the better film.

By Kevin Ma

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (2)

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April 2, 2010

This customer review refers to Mother (2009) (Blu-ray) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Won Bin comeback is a hit Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Mother is a well awarded film. She deserves the Best Actress award. Played her role perfectly well up to the end.

It is story of a mother who is looking after her retarded son... depending him for a murder she believed she did not commit. A movie with twist.. you won't really see it coming.

Worth buying and worth every minute of your time.
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March 4, 2010

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A Mother’s Bother Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
To be philosophical, a mother is certainly the most treasured person in anyone’s life. But what happens when not-so-normal things lead a mother to do anything to protect her son. Such the tale here, where Do Joon (Bin Won) a mentally backward young man is dotted on by his long suffering mother (Hye Ja Kim) who raises him alone, sees her son arrested and whisked away in a police car for the murder of a local schoolgirl. Do Joon had followed the girl to an abandoned house one night after a drinking session. But when the girl throws a rock at him for following her (no chance of a kiss there!) Do Joon decides to go home, but drops some stolen golf balls he’d written on. The next day the girl is found dead folded over a roof rail as if hung out to dry and because of Do Joon’s misplaced golf balls makes him seem as guilty, of murder to police and town folk, like a messy puppy beside freshly made poo. So Do Joon’s life weathered mother turns sleuth to find the truth, convinced Do Joon is innocent and incapable of killing anyone.

Joon Ho Bong’s “Mother” is dark with dry humorous undertones having an opener of Do Joon’s mother walking solemnly in a field only to pause and then start slowly dancing on the spot. This weird little intro hints at Ja Kim’s protagonist to be a frustrated and tortured soul, with the whole film a flashback up to this unusual dancing moment. The dance is a respite to the constant overbearing stress of her son’s social misdemeanours. Similarly the exasperated mother assumes Do Joon’s violent friend Jin Tae to blame for the murder, discovering a red smeared golf club in Jin Tae’s wardrobe and quickly taking it to the police station as evidence to free her son, only to discover the red smear was lipstick from Jin Tae’s girlfriend. The golfing artefacts come from Do Joon and Jin Tae’s revenge on some bankers at a golf course, after Do Joon was hit by them in a hit and run and getting briefly arrested. Later Do Joon is arrested again and sent away to prison for the murder of the schoolgirl, a deed he denies and cannot remember. A logical ending awaits amidst a sleepy town’s neutral evils; social apathy, angry young men at rich society, schoolgirl promiscuity (abuse), dim-witted police logic (ending) and a young man foisted with mental aberration. Some people out of this rugged social mix go a little mad. Acting of course is excellent. Interesting extras, too, with Do Joon ‘dancing on the spot’ instead. Essential viewing!
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