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Hangul 마더
RR Madeo
Directed by Bong Joon-ho
Produced by Choi Jae-won
Seo Woo-sik
Written by Bong Joon-ho
Park Eun-kyo
Starring Kim Hye-ja
Won Bin
Music by Lee Byung-woo
Cinematography Hong Kyeong-pyo
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date(s) 28 May 2009
Running time 128 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

Mother (Hangul: 마더; RR: Madeo) is a 2009 South Korean drama film directed by Bong Joon-ho.



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.


  • Kim Hye-ja ... Hye-ja
  • Won Bin ... Do-joon
  • Jin Goo ... Jin-tae
  • Yoon Je-moon ... Je-moon


Mother competed in the Un Certain Regard category at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film had its U.S. premiere in February, 2010 as part of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival[2], and is scheduled for a limited theatrical release beginning on March 12, 2010.[3]


The film has been selected as South Korea's official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.[4] Kim-Hye-ja won Best Performance by an Actress for the film at the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.


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