Wednesday, March 10, 2010
the MOTHER in all of us...
the korean film mother is being released this week on limited theaters throughout la and new york. the latest film by joon-ho bong is by far my favorite. i was in my korean phase this past december and decided to watch this via a korean video store. but what i didnt realize was that they didnt have subtitles! i barely comprehended the entirety of the story (esp. the details) but i got the gist of it. and the gist of it is that its a completely, overwhelmingly passionate film about the capacity of a mother's love for her child. bong is quickly becoming one of the most prominent directors to come out of korea (next to park chan-wook, that is!) his other films like the memories of a murder and the host far exceeded my expectations of outstanding filmmaking. not only does these films relate to the universial love of kin-ship but tests their boundaries and limitations.
one question that is troublesome to ask a mother is how much they would sacrifice for their child. and though we all have notions of the unparalled measure of a mother's love, the daunting question is answered in mother.
i would definitely love to see this again with subtitles this time! if youre around independent theaters that show foreign films, definitely go see this. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. i think it was quentin tarantino that was disappointed that it was not nominated for this years oscars' foreign selection. THATS HOW GOOD IT IS!