South Korean writer/director Bong Joon-Ho had a huge international hit on his hands when his last film The Host premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. The film went on to break South Korean box office records and become the most successful movie in that countries history as well as end up on several US film critics' top ten lists including the Boston Globe and the New York Post. Now the critically acclaimed filmmaker is back with his new film, Mother, a unique thriller about a mother's primal love for her son, opening in theaters on March 12th. We recently had an opportunity to speak with Bong Joon-Ho and the talented director discussed his new film, it's provocative storyline, it's title character and the difference between this film and his last. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clip below.
Mother (Kim Hye-ja) is a devoted single parent to her simple-minded twenty-seven-year-old son, Do-joon, (Won Bin Do-joon). Often a source of anxiety to his mother, Do-joon behaves in foolish or simply dangerous ways. One night, while walking home drunk, he encounters a schoolgirl who he follows for a while before she disappears into a dark alley. The next morning, she is found dead in an abandoned building and Do-joon is accused of her murder. An inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force result in a speedy conviction. His mother refuses to believe her beloved son is guilty and immediately undertakes her own investigation to find the girl's killer. In her obsessive quest to clear her son's name, Mother steps into a world of unimaginable chaos and shocking revelations. Starring Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin Do-joon, Jin Goo and Yoon Je-moon. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, Mother opens in theaters on March 12th.