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"Mother - 2009" Triumphs over Competition

2009/06/05 | 142 views | Permalink | Source

The Korean weekend box-office saw peak traffic with Bong Joon-ho's latest thriller "Mother - 2009" facing off against Hollywood's Terminator Salvation. "Mother - 2009" emerged the winner, claiming over 1.4 million admissions in its first four days. BONG's fourth feature was highly anticipated by audiences after the director's previous hits "Memories of Murder" (2003) and "The Host" (2006) won him a broad domestic fan-base.

"Mother - 2009" topped the chart, an impressive feat considering competition from Hollywood heavy-hitters, Terminator and Angels & Demons, which took second and third place. BONG's small town thriller dominated theaters nationwide, playing on 765 screens, with Terminator a close second on 716 screens, together accounting for over 70% of the nations screens.

After premiering at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in May where it drew rave reviews from critics and ovations from audiences, "Mother - 2009" became one of the most talked about and eagerly anticipated locals films of the first half of 2009, along with Park Chan-wook's vampire-thriller, "Thirst".

Veteran TV actress Kim Hye-ja gives a solid performance as a mother who takes on the local police when her half-wit son is blamed for a gruesome crime. Actor and popular heartthrob Won Bin plays the shy, near-imbecile Do-jun, who at 27 is still a virgin living with his mom.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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