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“Mother”‘s mother-son pair at film press conference

Aww, how sweet.

The majority of photos coming out of the April 27 press conference for the film Mother [마도] are focused on Won Bin — but you can’t really blame the press, because it has been so freaking long since he has been in the spotlight, and fans have been waiting for years for him to make his onscreen comeback.

Add to that his well-loved co-star, veteran actress Kim Hye-ja, and the return of film director Bong Joon-ho after making a huge splash with 2006’s The Host, and you’ve got the year’s most-anticipated film. (Well, most-anticipated next to Park Chan-wook’s Thirst, which is probably the only other film to challenge Mother for that distinction. Both Mother and Thirst have been accepted to screen at Cannes Film Festival this year, incidentally.)

(Also, not only has it been a long while since Won Bin has been in the spotlight, it’s also been ages that he’s looked so smiling and happy. It’s kind of a relief, actually.)

The movie’s production press conference was held at 11am in Seoul, in advance of its May 28 theatrical release.

The film portrays a mother’s quest to clear her simple-minded but pure-hearted son after he is wrongly accused of a murder. As the titular mother, Kim Hye-ja (who most recently won an acting Daesang for last year’s drama series Mom’s Dead Upset) said of her costar: “Won Bin is an actor who will be great.”

She also described him as courteous and quiet, giving her “a really good first impression.” His character in the film is mentally handicapped, but she explained that “to his mother, he isn’t lacking at all.”

Meanwhile, director Bong Joon-ho addressed the constant comparisons that Mother draws to Thirst, Oldboy director Park Chan-wook‘s new movie (although the plots are nothing alike, since the latter is a vampire horror film). Bong said, “It’s an honor for me, but it’s possible that director Park Chan-wook dislikes it. He debuted almost eight years before I did and is ten years older.” He joked, drawing a soccer comparison, “If I’m of Park Ji-sung’s generation, director Park is of Choi Sun-ho’s.”

Bong went on to praise Thirst, saying, “I saw Thirst at the preview screening. Needless to say, it’s a great masterpiece. It doesn’t need any further description.”




Via OSEN, Asia Economy

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Woah--in some of the pics, Won Bin is a dead ringer for DBSK's Chang Min.
A-dorable.

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is it me or does he look a lot slimmer now that compared to his "autumn tale" days...maybe it's just the hairdo

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Gaaaaaaahhhhhhhh, I missed that boy. <3333333

I can't wait for this movie to come out; it seems really sweet and interesting. Plus, WON BIN. <3 I really, REALLY like his hair. :3

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So cute ^^

"it’s also been ages that he’s looked so smiling and happy"

I agree 100% I remember seeing his first photoshoot since his comeback and he just looked so.... gloomy -.-

But here he's all cheerful and smiling. Actually, everyone at the conference is smiling happily ^^

"Bong went on to praise Thirst, saying, “I saw Thirst at the preview screening. Needless to say, it’s a great masterpiece. It doesn’t need any further description.”"

GAH. I want to watch it alot now but if it wasnt for the sex and stuff....... *sigh* *pouts* Maybe in 4 years I'll pick it up on the day I turn 20 >.>

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aww... more sweetness after Ha-Rang pictures...
i need this to brighten up the mood from JJH news... :P

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Which one do you anticipate more JB? I'm thinking Thirst?

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i think wonbin looks way hotter now compared before.
he ages...deliciously? lolz
im curious now of those people who'll be
attending the premiere...can't wait!

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Won Bin looks adorable! I'm glad to see him so happy. Those pictures of him and Kim Hye-ja are too cute for words. I hope this will be the start of more projects to come as I'm really looking forward to seeing more of him.

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So excited for his comeback and for this movie!!! He is so handsome and he still have the boyish look..never age at all! ^^

Love his smile!!

here's the link for the Press Con Vod+short preview
http://media.daum.net/society/others/view.html?cateid=1067&newsid=20090427160311728&p=ohmynews

YT Link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_NLIwZ3fwo

thanks javabeans!

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*cries* Woo Bin smiling!!! it's been too long.

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dawwwww he's gunna be back! <3 finallyyy!!!

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I'm sorry for the double post.

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Awww!!! Won Bin is back..It's been so long not seeing his face..
He looks cuter than before with that kind of hairstyle..
Go Won Bin..

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Any news about Mother is now just a big tease to me.
The press is sticking out there tongues and chanting "na-na-nu-boo boo..you should have learned to speak Korean"............

Ok, I'm just overly upset that I will have to wait extra months for subtitles on this one.

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oh my god he is Damn Handsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wonbin SSi!!

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Aw, Wonbin is really cute and cuddly....I missed him. He doesn't age much, that boy. Does he? ;)

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squee look at that twinkle in his eyes, i'm glad won bin appears so happy. just seeing that made my day~

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I'm looking forward to Mother more than Thirst. Though both are probably excellent in their own ways.

uuh, I just stopped by the JJH post and...whoa, scary!

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Although I never watch his drama, I always think that Won Bin is a very handsome man. However I like Hyun Bin better. these two Bin are devilishly good looking, the differences between them " Won Bin look better when he's not smilling, his smile makes him look weird, and the other Bin, look better when he's smiling. his serious face look like a kid who forget his lunch or homework"

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hes fucking adorable.
hope this movie is a sucess.
i have no doubts. theyre both promising actors.

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Awww..he is definitely way overdue. I miss him and am glad that he's back now! This guy doesn't seem to age or if he is...he's doing a great job aging. :D

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one question. is he really going to go to cannes film festival? if he really does, i'm seriously going to extend my vacation since i'm going to nice.

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Ah..love Won Bin.

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Won Bin and Kim Hye Ja are amazing actors, I'm so glad they were paired up for this. I can't wait to see it. ^^

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the real flower boy is back ^^

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Oh Won BIn, why are so cute? Anyway looks like a cute conference, adjacent to the movie description tho.

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OH my goodness, who just made the Changmin comment??! Because as soon as I read that, I saw the resemblance. It's definitely the hair, though. Definitely.

Aw man, I remember those days of Autumn Tale. That was such a long time ago, but I'm pretty sure that everybody loved that man ever since then... I feel like I was quite possibly in like 4th grade when I watched that. Love for that man endures time.

He has been gone too long. Too long, I tell you.

[And this feels like one of those movies that I'd cry my eyes out over. Because I'm a lame sucker for this type of genre.]

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This has got to be the most anticipated film for me this year. I saw the preview and I was so captivated...

What amazes me is that Wonbin looks younger than when he entered the military. He looks really healthy now.

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Ah ! Thanks for the article and pics, javabeans. I have a soft spot for Won Bin and is very much looking forward to watching this movie. :)

Welcome back, Won Bin !

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oh wonbin :) you are just too handsome and sweet for words :)

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Aw Won Bin! You're the best =]

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gosh seeing these pics makes me happy and i'm happier knowing that it will be at the international cannes films festival!

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i love won bin here...thanks alot javabeans... he looks really happy and so cute when he's hugging her. such a great actor, whose so kind and sincere as well. i'm glad he appears to have gotten out of that whole sad phase of his.

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@sun.up

The news said Won Bin, Kim Hye Ja and the director will go to Cannes because the world premiere of MOTHER will be held at Cannes.

Everyone seems happy and confident in the presscon. I love Won Bin's innocent smile!

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WONBIN'S BACK!
:)
there's nothing else to say.
the man is back and I hope he makes more works soon.
He's been gone for too long.

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i love UUUUUU
<3

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