Running Time: 128 mins.
Release Date: May 28th, 2009
Director: Bong Joon-Ho
Writer: Bong Joon-Ho, Park Eun-Kyo (Screenplay),
Starring: Kim Hye-Ja, Won Bin, Jin Goo, Yoon Je-moon, Jeon Mi-Sun, Chun Woo-Hee
Bong Joon-Ho is about to make a return to the screen with his latest title Snowpiercer (2012) ¹ which is great because he is a highly talented director.
I first got to know him when BBC Four screened Memories of Murder (2003), a stunning and troubling (although still blackly comic at points) film about a bungled police investigation into a series of gruesome rapes and murders. The film also had something to say on the changing politics of a Korea shaking off authoritarian governments.
I next saw his impressive monster movie The Host (2006). The film was an unconventional movie for its genre in the sense that its focus was less about monsters and more politicised in that rather Korean way since it was about a family with its protagonists facing unsympathetic authorities and American interference as well as the beast.
Mother followed three years later earning rave reviews and even attaining the cover on Sight & Sound in the UK. Bong Joon-Ho twists a genre again to create a satisfyingly complex film.