First Look: Footage from Bong Joon-ho’s New Film Mother

The latest film from Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Memories of Murder, and one third of Tokyo!) looks like a return to smaller-scale drama after the runaway success of his 2006 blockbuster creature feature The Host (though that film also had plenty of human drama in between monster attacks). The title character in Mother (Kim Hye-ja) lives with her asocial and introverted adult son (K-Pop singer/actor Won Bin, making his return to the screen after fulfilling his mandatory military service), and when he’s wrongly scapegoated by the local police for a murder, she sets out alone to prove his innocence. This isn’t a proper trailer, but it does give a few glimpses from the film, along with director Bong speaking. I’m not sure exactly what he’s saying (Any Hangul speakers out there want to help me out with the translation?), but he was quoted in Variety last year, saying of the film:

I want to make the saddest yet most beautiful crime drama ever. At the center of this story is a small and weak mother who stands alone, a woman so determined that she can’t even stop herself.

This scoop courtesy of Wildgrounds, where you’ll also find two posters for the film.


5 Responses to “First Look: Footage from Bong Joon-ho’s New Film Mother”

  1. 1 skyccm
    April 7, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Hi, nice to see you. I ran into your youtube page.
    Because you seemed to like to know more about the trailer, I wanted to help at least a little.

    His point in the narrations was that he wanted to show Kim HyeJa’s different sides from the character she has been treated, which is ‘national mother’ from most of TV series she acted.
    I actually read Bon’s interview about this movie just now. He started first step of this movie from a hope that he wanted to work with her. (So the cast was the first and the story followed to fit her.) When ‘The Host’ was just released (2003), he’s mentioned in several interviews that Kim HJ is the actor who Bong wants to work with for his next movie. He got that thought since he firstly saw her in distance in 1992. And he finally met her in person in 2004 and talked about the movie. Here’s the original interview (in Korean) that I summerized & translated a bit: http://movie.naver.com/movie/mzine/read.nhn?office_id=140&article_id=0000011019

  2. April 7, 2009 at 7:52 am

    skyccm, thanks for stopping by, and for filling in the blanks with some of Bong’s motivations and intentions for this film!

  3. April 7, 2009 at 7:54 am

    skyccm, if you want to provide a full translation for this clip, I will add subtitles and credit you…

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