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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!

3 critiques :

Riff Dog at: March 10, 2010 at 2:36 PM said...

I shall check it out. And be sure to get the subtitled version, since my Korean is a little rusty. ;-)

Beautiful piece that plays in your "Eargasm" sidebar, by the way.

Robbin at: March 10, 2010 at 5:34 PM said...

dude, there was a free screening for this at school and i MISSED IT.

total fail. i really wanted to see this too!!!

- robbin

WOAF at: March 12, 2010 at 6:09 PM said...

oooo my pops talked about this, i was very interested... if you decide to go again, let me know via FB because my phone is OFF!!! or whenever you want to film me =]

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