Great performances and visuals but not quite as good as Memories of Murder,
This review is from: Mother [DVD] (DVD)
If you are coming to South Korean cinema for the first time you may find this hard going but fans of this nations fantastic and diverse output of cinema in recent years will find all the things you'd expect.
A weird surreal story and characters, great performances and most of all that magnificent technical skill in the framing, lighting, sets, camera movements and pure cinematic craft and skill that is visible in every frame.
Not to everyones taste but I loved it. Like most South Korean thrillers, by Hollywood standards it would be classed as a Drama. This is due to less of a focus on action and twists and turns (though there are some very good ones) and a stronger focus on characters and emotions.
Due to the Tartan Extreme distribution label many people associate Asian thrillers with extreme amounts of gore and though South Korea has produced some masterpieces that are very violent this is not particularly violent or gory (basically you could watch this with your mum or your Granny).
A great film that loses a star not so much on it's own merits but in comparison to the director's other work, especially 'Memories of Murder' which is a true masterpiece. This is still a great film and essential viewing for fans of South Korean cinema.