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Mother Is a Whore (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Lee Yong Nyeo (Actor) | Kwon Bum Taek (Actor) | Lee Sang Woo (Director) (Director, Actor)
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Mother Is a Whore (DVD) (Korea Version)
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The title says it all for the bleak Korean indie Mother is a Whore. Do-all filmmaker Lee Sang Woo writes, produces, directs, and stars in this shocking drama about an impoverished HIV-positive man forced to pimp out his 60-year-old mother (Lee Yong Nyeo) to make ends meet. Angry about his mother's suffering and his own sickness, Sang Woo rages against his father (Kwon Bum Taek), who left them for a younger woman (Kim Ji Hee). It turns out his father's life isn't doing so well either with a fanatically religious wife and her dysfunctional children. A notable rising name in Korean indie cinema, Lee Sang Woo has drawn comparisons to early Kim Ki Duk with his dark family dramas Mother is a Whore and Father is a Dog.
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Product Title: Mother Is a Whore (DVD) (Korea Version) Mother Is a Whore (DVD) (韓國版) Mother Is a Whore (DVD) (韩国版) ママは娼婦 (DVD) (韓国版) 엄마는 창녀다 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: 母娼起義 母娼起义 ママは売春婦
Artist Name(s): Lee Yong Nyeo (Actor) | Kwon Bum Taek (Actor) | Lee Sang Woo (Director) (Actor) Lee Yong Nyeo (Actor) | Kwon Bum Taek (Actor) | 李相宇 (導演) (Actor) Lee Yong Nyeo (Actor) | Kwon Bum Taek (Actor) | 李相宇 (导演) (Actor) Lee Yong Nyeo (Actor) | Kwon Bum Taek (Actor) | イ・サンウ (監督) (Actor) 이용녀 (Actor) | 권범택 (Actor) | 이상우 (Actor)
Director: Lee Sang Woo (Director) 李相宇 (導演) 李相宇 (导演) イ・サンウ (監督) 이상우
Release Date: 2011-08-26
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Publisher: Art Service
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024756571

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엄마는 창녀다 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 1.85:1 Anamorphic widescreen
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 2.0
*Extras: - 예고편

*Director: 이상우

-‘김기덕 사단’의 문제적 우등생, 세계가 먼저 주목한 이상우 감독
-예순 살의 창녀엄마와 포주가 된 아들
-파격적인 소재와 보편적인 주제의 환상적 어울림!


Synopsis
뒤뚱뒤뚱, 몸이 불편한 사내를 업고 38살의 노총각이자 에이즈 감염자인 상우가 향하는 곳은 ‘전국에서 최고로 싼’ 창녀가 있는 서울 변두리 어디쯤의 한 오두막. 손님을 밀어 넣으며 상우는 엄마를 부른다. 지금 그가 데리고 온 손님을 맞이할, 세상에서 누구보다 상우가 가장 사랑하는 그의 엄마는 창녀다.

예순의 나이에 창녀가 되어야 했고, 엄마를 팔아가며 포주 노릇을 해야 했던 두 사람. 이해하기 어려운 그들의 관계는 엄마를 버리고 떠난 상우의 아버지가 남긴 흔적이다. 젊은 여자와 새 가정을 꾸리고 평범한 삶을 사는 것처럼 보이는 상우의 아버지. 그러나 사실 그는 광신도 아내, 히키코모리 아들(희철), 방황하는 딸(희수)과 함께 살고 있으며 그들에게도 예전처럼 상처를 주고 있다.

몸을 파는 엄마에 대한 연민과 에이즈에 대한 강박, 그리고 아버지에 대한 분노가 뒤 섞인 어느 날… 상우는 결단을 내린다.

영화제 소개글. 에이즈에 걸린 38살 상우는 엄마와 함께 작은 오두막에서 생활하고 있다. 평균 이하의 삶을 살아가는 그들의 삶은 뭔가 이상한 점들이 있다. 상우와 그의 엄마는 상식을 뒤집는 행동을 자행하는데, 상우의 엄마는 자신의 몸을 팔아 두 사람의 생활비를 벌고, 상우는 이런 엄마에게 손님을 모셔오는 포주이다. 이들의 파격적인 설정은 그들을 찾아오는 손님에서도 드러난다. 하반신 불구의 장애인, 지체장애인, 휴가 나온 군인 등 현실에서는 정상적인 성행위가 불가능한 사람들이다.
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Professional Review of "Mother Is a Whore (DVD) (Korea Version)"

September 19, 2011

My Mother is a Whore is a dark piece of Korean independent cinema from the multi talented Lee Sang Woo, who wrote, produced, directed and even takes the lead role in the exceptionally grim drama. Complimenting his similarly themed Father is a Dog, the film is another bleak family tale, which also stars Lee Yong Nyeo, Kwon Bum Taek, Kim Ji Hee and Yoo Ae Kyeong. Given the subject matter, themes and tone of his work to date, Lee has perhaps unsurprisingly been compared with a young Kim Ki Duk, having previously also worked on his recent Time and Breath.

As the title suggests, the film follows Sang Woo himself as an unfortunate, angry HIV-positive 38 year old man who lives in a shack, pimping out his 60-year-old mother (Lee Yong Nyeo) to survive, advertising her as the "cheapest whore in Korea." Wandering around the outskirts of Seoul and trying to drum up business, he also has to deal with his unpleasant father (Kwon Bum Taek), who has now married a younger, fanatically religious woman (Kim Ji Hee). With his mother's health deteriorating and his own problems getting worse, Sang Woo finds himself getting involved with his father's new family, in particular wayward daughter Hee Soo (Yoo Ae Kyeong), with conflict becoming inevitable.

My Mother is a Whore certainly kicks off as it means to continue, with Sang Woo carrying a young disabled man through a wasteland to a rundown shed to have sex with his mother. The film really doesn't make for easy viewing, and does indeed have much in common with early Kim Ki Duk efforts such as Address Unknown and Birdcage Inn, sharing their ramshackle settings, and dealing with themes of abuse, violence and hypocrisy, as well as making use of religious imagery in ambiguous fashion. Sang Woo directs with a naturalistic style, achieving a depressingly matter of fact grimness as he charts everyday realities such as the mother's incontinence, washing out condoms for reuse and the general harshness of trying to scrape out a day to day living at the very bottom of the economic spectrum. As well as unhygienic, the film is very graphic in places, and although never over the top, it is relentlessly unpleasant, and unflinchingly explores some very rough and nasty territory indeed.

Where the film really succeeds is through Sang Woo's obvious skill as a storyteller and writer, with its string of interesting outsider characters helping to keep things engaging despite a slightly meandering plot ?a large part of the film being so fascinating comes from the gloomy series of customers who turn up at the shack, ranging from the disabled to young off duty soldiers, the lowdown, and the just plain weird. The film does a great job of keeping everything believable, with no cheap caricatures or art house obscurity, with reasons and motivations explaining the casts' behaviour. What makes the film markedly uneasy in places is the way in which he manages to find at least glimmers of recognisable humanity in even the worst of his characters, and the film is horribly convincing throughout.

The film is clearly driven by its relationships, and the dynamics of its two central families. This works very well, and although Sang Woo and his mother start off seeming as if their bond is a strange and cruel one, as things go on he becomes oddly likeable, with his scowling exterior masking a tormented soul and impotent rage. Genuinely caring for his mother in his own way, the film uses their partnership to raise a variety of uncomfortable moral questions, especially since she makes it clear that she enjoys her profession, and that he quite possibly wants her to stop, being forced to live this way not through choice. Their relationship is contrasted with that of his father and his new family, which without giving too much away is soon shown to have something monstrous lurking behind its seemingly normal and loving facade. Sang Woo uses this to extremely powerful and shocking effect, with some of the later revelations helping to make the film particularly intense during its ominous final act.

My Mother is a Whore really does have the effect of a punch to the gut, brutal, gripping and directed with an impressive maturity and controlled sense of anger and an incisive grasp of the darker regions of the human soul. Although perhaps likely to be a little hard going for some viewers, the film is easily not only the best Korean indie production for some time, but also one of the best in general, and clearly marks Lee Sang Woo as an exciting young talent.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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