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Ah-sim married the president of the company where her father used to work, but is mistreated by her mother-in-law for not coming from a well-off family. Yet Ah-sim’s mother affection for her daughter runs so deep that she sells her best clothing to buy some buckwheat flour to make ‘muk (jelly)’ to send to her in-law. In the meantime, Ah-sim’s husband faces the possibility of his company’s bankruptcy, and turns to his ex-fiancee for a loan. With this as an excuse, his mother and maternal aunt plot to expel Ah-sim from the family and replace her with the ex-fiancee. Having caught wind of this conspiracy, Ah-sim’s mother decides to appeal directly to the ex-fiancee and explain the situation, but ends up accidentally committing a crime.
A ‘motherhood melodrama’, Mother constructs the main conflict by presenting different stereotypes of mothers deeply rooted in Korean society - the ‘endlessly sacrificing mother’ and the ‘greedy and ill-tempered mother-in-law’. While family, motherhood and love are all intricately involved, eventually the ones who summoned to court are the poor mother and the abandoned old ex-fiancee, the two most precariously situated in a modern society of capitalism and free love. However, out of sympathy with the universal experiences of women and mother, the ex-fiancee tells a different story in court. Her false testimony, made with the silent assent with the other women in the court, has the effect of disrupting the male dominated system which forces a mother to commit a crime. (Kwon Eun-sun)
Kim Ki-dukKim Ki-duk
Born in 1934 and graduated from Seorabol University of Arts with M.A in literary writings, he began his film career as an editor in 1956. He directed his first feature Five Marines in 1961 and this film made him the winner of the “First Time Director Award” at the 1st Daejong Film Festival. He was one of major figures that contributed to the Korean cinema boom in sixties, shouldering directors like Lee Man-hee, Kim Soo-yong and Im Kwon-taek. His major filmography includes The Young with Naked Foot (1964), North and South (1965), A Teacher in an Island (1967), Confess of Youth (1968), Enraged Land (1968) and On a Star Shining Night (1972). Kim Ki -duk also has taught film at the Seoul Institute of Arts.