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HHHH Cast: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Ku Jin Plot: Mother (Kim) is the overprotective South Korean mum of mentally challenged Yoon Do-joon (Won). Her sweetly smiling, naive son is easily lead astray by his friend Jin-tae (Jin), who looks out for him, up to a point. He's always getting into trouble with the police and when a teenage girl is found with her head bashed in, Do-joon is the obvious suspect.

There's little evidence but he signs a confession to murder without understanding the consequences. His mother then sets out to do everything in her power to prove his innocence. When hiring an expensive lawyer doesn't work, she turns detective to find the killer and proves resourceful in her quest as a rather sordid tale is revealed. Good points: It's beautifully shot and full of interesting images from writer/director Joon-ho Bong, who brought us the clever monster movie The Host. It's superbly acted and comical at times, before the subject matter gets darker. It's a simple but effective story and one with a surprise or two.

Bad points: The subtitles might put some people off.

Should I see it? It's well worth seeking out at Birmingham's MAC.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2010
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