Mother 마더
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Mother is about A mother lives quietly with her son. One day, a girl is brutally killed, and the boy is charged with the murder. Now, it’s his mother’s mission to prove him innocent.

  • Movie: Mother
  • Revised Romanization: Madeo
  • Hangul: 마더
  • Director: Bong Joon-Ho
  • Writer: Bong Joon-Ho, Park Eun-Kyo
  • Producer: Park Tae-Jun, Moon Yang-Kwon, Seo Woo-Sik
  • Cinematography: Hong Kyeong-Pyo
  • World Premiere: May 16, 2009
  • Release Date: May 28, 2009
  • Runtime: 128 min.
  • Genre: Drama / Mother & Son / Mystery / Best Film-Movie of the Year


Hye-ja (Kim Hye-Ja) is a long ago widowed mother who lives alone with her only son Do-jun (Won Bin). Although Do-jun is 28 years old, his mental capacity is far below someone his age and perhaps the reason for his many eccentric personality traits.

Late one night, Do-jun leaves a bar drunk and walks home. Along the way home, he follows a school girl down an alley, before a huge rock thrown his way chases him away. When he arrives home, Do-jun sleeps on the floor next to his mother like he always does.

The next day the police discover a murdered high school girl and a golf ball with Do-jun’s name inscribed on it near the crime scene. With only this small bit of evidence, Do-jun is taken into custody and promptly arrested for her murder. His defense attorney looks for a quick plea bargain – which would require Do-jun to spend four years in detention – which isn’t an option for Hye-ja and her only son. Faced with no other options, Hye-ja takes the initiative to prove her son’s innocence.


  1. Screenplay for Mother was written specifically with veteran actress Kim Hye-Ja in mind and her character is named “Hye-ja” accordingly.

Mother (143.0 KiB, 68 hits)


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