Melnitz Movies, the Asia Institute, and the Center for Korean Studies
Melnitz Movies, the Asia Institute, and the Center for Korean Studies present a free preview of the latest film by the great Korean director Bong Joon-ho. Hye-ja is a devoted single parent to her simple-minded son, Do-joon. Walking home alone one night, he encounters a young girl who he follows for a while before she disappears into a dark alley. The next morning, she is found dead and Do-joon is soon convicted for her murder. Trusting no one, Hye-ja’s maternal instincts kick into overdrive, and she sets out to find the girl’s killer and prove her son’s innocence.
Official Selection, 2009 New York Film Festival
"As he previously did for the police procedural (Memories of Murder) and the monster movie (The Host), South Korea’s sublimely talented Bong Joon-ho here takes another venerable pulp genre — the wronged-man thriller — and enthusiastically stands it on its head." -Scott Foundas, LA WEEKLY
"Bong has become one of the premiere narrative film artists now working—and while that label does hang a trifle portentously over Bong’s commendably unpretentious head, this only shows how difficult it is to place him...The economy, expressiveness and intricacy of narrative control Bong demonstrates in Mother, both within sequences and over the film’s entire arc, is simply extraordinary" -Andrew Tracy, CINEMASCOPE
DIRECTOR: Bong Joon-ho
WRITERS: Park Eun-Kyo, Bong Joon-ho
CAST: Kim Hye-Ja, Won Bin
A Magnolia Pictures Release
In Korean with English subtitles
Official Trailer: Mother
* Melnitz Movies is funded through the UCLA Graduate Student Association and the ASUCLA Student Interaction Fund.
*Open to the public. *Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis (one ticket per person) at the Melnitz box office the day of the screening, one hour before showtime
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