Mother

Mother – madeo – 2009

plot: Hye-ja is a ginseng vendor and an unlicensed acupuncturist in a small town in southern South Korea. She dotes on her son, Do-joon, who is 27, unemployed, and mentally incapacitated on some level, which Hye-ja seems to ignore.A high school girl is found dead on the roof of an abandoned building, and the local detectives arrest Do-joon based on circumstantial evidence. They coerce him to sign a confession and quickly imprison him. Hye-ja, distraught and convinced he is innocent, searches for the real killer, uncovering many secrets from the townspeople.

Hey there! long time no see!

I’ve been dying to update Zombie Cupcakes for a while now, but work has been so crazy and, and… ok. I have no excuse. also, it’s been so long since I last wrote a movie review I almost forgot how to do it!

BUT, and here’s how I can make up for the time where I didn’t give you all enough attention or information, i am back with one of those perfect 10’s that don’t need much introduction (also that will make it easier for me to get back into the game of things.. totally selfish, yes). it’s been a long time since i didn’t bring you a masterpiece.. so here it is: Mother.

Madeo is a 2009 movie directed by Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Memories of Murder) about the strength, the passion, and the unconditional love of all mothers. more specifically, about the relationship of a mother (played by korean superstar Kim Hye-ja, whom the director made the film for) and her mentally impaired 28-year-old son, who all of a sudden is convicted of murder. i really don’t want to say much more than that, you’re just gonna have to watch it. the journey of a mother pushing every kind of limit, physical, psychological, and most of all moral, to protect her only and beloved son.

this is not the first time Bong Joon-ho brings to the table 80’s set police methods and procedures. he did it with Memories of Murder first, which is considered to be one of the best korean dramas of all times. now, if you want me to be absolutely honest, I never got into Memories of Murder (and I tried SO hard), while on the other side I absolutely fucking loved The Host (you can read more about that here), so my expectations for Mother were right in the middle.

and what a pleasant surprise! the movie is deep and wrong and shows exactly how far the love of a mother can go. it pushes boundaries while keeping you interested the whole way through. it reminded me of Sympathy for Mr.Vengeance more than a couple times, which is a HUGE plus..

also, the photography is heartbreakingly beautiful

seriously, hurry up and watch this.

and prepare the tissues, because it will make you cry. i warned you.

Zombie Cupcakes out!

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2 Responses to “Mother”

  1. This was hands down one of the best movies of 2009. Listen to this woman, and track it down as soon as possible.

    It actually hits select US theaters towards the end of March. Yay for Magnolia (who also put out The Host in America)!

  2. hagiblog Says:

    Sounds interesting and it’s good to see you back! I have such a big collection of Asian flicks that I never get to watch. I’m going to actually have to put a day a week aside just to catch up on them all.

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