Bong Joon HoSouth Korea129 minutes2009ColourKorean

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Bong Joon Ho followed the smash success of The Host with this darkly stylish thriller. The magnificent Kim Hye-ja plays the doting mother of a grown son with a mental disability. When a young female student is brutally murdered and her son is fingered as the culprit, the middle-aged matriarch swings into action to prove his innocence, by any means necessary. As he did in Memories of Murder, Bong balances humour and horror to stunning effect, while his star Kim (one of South Korea's most legendary actresses) creates an indelible portrait of motherly devotion taken to its most ruthless extreme.

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