There’s a building buzz around the upcoming film Mother, and it’s not just because of its lead actor, Won Bin. Naturally, Won Bin taking the lead role is news in itself, given that he’s spent the last four years away from the big screen (or small screen, for that matter), and fans have long awaited his comeback film, particularly since he’s stayed out of the limelight following his army discharge and knee surgery in 2006.
But this also happens to be the next project for director Bong Joon-ho, one of Korea’s more noted up-and-coming directors. He made his name with 2003’s Memories of Murder, and his last Korean production was 2006’s The Host; he since filmed the recent Korea-France-Japan joint production Tokyo — whose other two segments were filmed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Leos Carax (Paris, Je T’aime).
Cast in the titular mother role opposite Won Bin is veteran actor Kim Hye Ja — she’s had a 46-year screen career, though you may remember her recently as the granny queen from Goong, and returns to film after ten years of mostly television work. So this is really a comeback project for all three, in a sense.
In the film, Won Bin’s twenty-eight-year-old character lives with his mother (no father), and is falsely accused of committing murder. Portraying a character more pure and virtuous than his years, he finds himself caught up in a mess he can’t solve on his own; his mother throws herself wholly into proving her son’s innocence, all on her own.
Although the film is neither large-scale nor blockbuster material, the three principals involved ought to make this something to look out for. The film shoots in fall and projects an early 2009 release.
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Tei – “어머니” (Mother) [ Download ]