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Film Series : From Asia, With Love



2009, Bong Joon-ho, South Korea, 129 min.
With Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 21st 2:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 25th 6:00pm

“The heart-pounding heart of MOTHER, Ms. Kim is a wonderment…perched on the knife edge between tragedy and comedy.”--Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“Takes on the fractured Freudianism of Hitchcock’s PSYCHO…cockeyed poetry.”--J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader

Currently scooping in awards by the armload for PARASITE, director Bong (SNOWPIERCER, OKJA) has long been the standard-bearer for a unique strain of fantastical horror-tinged Korean cinema. He followed THE HOST, his 2006 sea-monster hit, with a story in which the monster skews closer to real life. Dim-witted Do-joon (Won) is permanently tied to his mother’s (Kim) apron strings, the apple of her shrewd eye. Tough, sneaky and hilariously resilient, Mom thinks on her feet of necessity; she and her son both have nasty secrets. When a local schoolgirl is found murdered, suspicions point to odd mama’s boy Do-joon. Typical of Bong, the audience will pay big-time for falling for the irresistibly eccentric title character, who is hell-bent on protecting her son at any cost. In Korean with English subtitles. 35mm widescreen. (BS)

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