It’s a Wrap for Mother!
On February 14, Kim Hye Ja and Won Bin completed five months of filming for Mother (마더). The final scene was shot on set in Paju, Gyeonggi-do, between Kim Hye Ja’s character and a lawyer.
This is the upcoming movie from screenwriter-director Bong Joon Ho, known best for writing and directing 2006’s The Host (괴물). Mother is a thriller, telling the story of a rural woman (Kim Hye Ja) who defends her son (Won Bin) when he is wrongly accused of a serious crime.
The casting attracted a lot of attention, as this is Kim Hye Ja’s first film since Mayonnaise ten years ago and Won Bin’s first major project since My Brother (2004).
Filming began last September 27. It is rumoured that filming progressed slowly due to the extreme precision of Director Bong. For example, Kim Hye Ja had to shoot over 40 takes of the first scene.
Although the movie is a Korean-style thriller, its theme of maternal love is universal. Hence, the production company has been promoting overseas sales since the beginning of the project. Distribution rights have already been sold to France, Japan, Romania, among other countries.
A spokesperson for Mother said that the cast and crew will strive to complete post-production quickly so that the film can be exhibited at Cannes International Film Festival this spring. Depending on the response at Cannes, Mother is expected to hit Korean theatres mid-May 2009.