Director Bong Joon-ho in conversation

Date: 14-11-2009 18:20:00
Venue: London BFI

Bong Joon-ho (born September 14, 1969) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. In 1994 he directed the short film White People. His first feature film Barking Dogs Never Bite, part comedy and part cruel social satire, in 2000 had a low box office record but he became widely known in his home country for the next film Memories of Murder, based on the true story of the country’s first known serial murders, in 2003. He attained both commercial success and critical acclaim through this film. The Host in 2006 was seen by a record ten million people in the country and was well received by the Cannes Festival. An amusing anecdote is told of him about The Host. In high school, he saw an unusual creature hanging down from a Han River bridge in Seoul and decided to make a monster film.
In 2008, he participated in the omnibus movie Tokyo ! (segment “Shaking Tokyo”) with Michel Gondry and Leos Carax. His most recent film is Mother, the story of a mother who struggles to save her son from a murder accusation, which premiered at Cannes in 2009. He is planning to direct Le Transperceneige, an adaption of Jean-Marc Rochette and Jacques Loeb’s comic of the same name.

“Mother” Synopsys
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 sometimes behaves in ways that are stupid or simply dangerous. He is a constant source of anxiety for everyone. One day a young girl is found dead in an abandoned building and Do-joon is accused of her murder. An inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force that closes Do-joon’s case too quickly inspire his mother to act on her own—to act as Mother in its purest form. Summoning all her maternal instincts and trusting no one, she sets out to find a killer and prove her son’s innocence.

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