8Asians Talkabout: Bong Joon-ho’s “Mother”

Every so often, we get clips of movies: In this case, MOTHER 마더, Korea’s official entry to the 2010 Academy Awards Foreign Language Film and directorial follow-up to Bong Joon-ho’s 2006 horror movie, The Host. The link to the trailer was sent to the 8Asians mailing list, to which the following conversation ensues:

Jun: the movie has been available online for a while now if you do a little googling. [It] did well both critically and at the box office in Korea. I didn’t think was that amazing of a movie; I tend to think Korean directors overplay the retarded/mentally challenged character role, so I I’m always biased on the negative side on those types of movies. But the scene in the field of the mother dancing was epic.
Christine: I already saw this film and met the director; it was OK. I like his other one better — incapable characters annoy me. The best part is that I saw it as part of a VISA Screening room event and got a whole bunch of Ferrero Roche chocolates.
Jee: Okay, I might really hate you if you met Won Bin. I LOVE him. Okay, I don’t really love him. I just think he’s major eye-candy. A while back i saw photos of him holding kids in Africa and I about died. It made me want to have his children. Well, sorta. I’ve been wanting to see it, but anytime a movie depicts a person living with a disability mistreated, I cry all liquids out of my body, so I haven’t brought myself to do it yet.

But enough about us: for those that have seen it, what do you think?

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