Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
South Korea, 2009. CJ Entertainment, Barunson. Story by Joon-ho Bong, Screenplay by Eun-kyo Park, Joon-ho Bong. Cinematography by Kyung-pyo Hong. Produced by Tae-joon Park, Woo-sik Seo. Music by Byung-woo Lee. Production Design by Seong-hie Ryu. Costume Design by Se-yeon Choi. Film Editing by Sae-kyoung Moon. Boston Film Critics Awards 2010. Independent Spirit Awards 2009. Toronto International Film Festival 2009. Washington Film Critics Awards 2010.
Director Joon-ho Bong is fast becoming one of the most unpredictable filmmakers of his age, with his delightfully enjoyable The Host and now this stunning drama-thriller. Hye-ja Kim is outstanding as an aging market seller who is completely obsessed with her doe-eyed, rather simple son. After a series of unfortunate circumstances put the hapless fellow at the scene of a murder, he is arrested on suspicion of having committed the crime. Now this aging, unassuming woman has to turn detective in order to investigate the circumstances and find the true culprit or risk losing her son forever. That’s the framework, anyway: Bong’s riveting direction and hilariously detailed circumstances are for the viewer to discover and enjoy.