Bong Joon-ho is one of the most commercially successful South Korean directors, each of his films is dissimilar from the last, but each has a distinct Korean quality. Memories of Murder (2003) was based on a true unsolved serial-killer case that horrified South Korea between 1986 and 1991. He followed up with the 2006 monster movie The Host. Bong’s latest is the psychological thriller Mother (2009).
Veteran Korean screen icon Kim Hye-ja plays Mother while Won Bin portrays her complex mentally retarded son, a fascinating film that deserves to be widely seen. The dancing mothers scene, where a group of middle-aged women dance in a moving bus, proves why Bong is seen as such a great filmmaker. If you enjoy Mother make sure you search out Memories of Murder, I have include a previous ramble below.
Memories of Murder (2003)