Magnolia just sent over the poster for Bong Joon-ho’s Mother- check it out!
As the poster exclaims Joon-ho is the director behind The Host, easily one of the best monster movies of modern times. He went on to direct a portion of Tokyo! with Michel Gondry and Leos Carax and then on to do Mother, both quite different films than you’d expect from the man.
Mother might be his most acclaimed film to date. The official synopsis:
Hye-ja is a single mom to 27-year-old Do-joon. Her son is her raison d’être. Though an adult in years, Do-joon is naïve and dependent on his mother, and a constant source of anxiety, often behaving in ways that are foolish or simply dangerous. Walking home alone one night down a nearly empty city street, 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 in an abandoned building and Do-joon is accused of her murder. Thanks to an inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force, Do-joon’s case is quickly closed, but his mother refuses to let this be the end of the story. 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.
The film is so loved that South Korea has chosen it as their submission for the Foreign Language Oscar this year, and we’re getting a limited release on March 12th so we can see it for ourselves! We’ll let you know more about the release as we hear it.