The Asian Film Awards turned four years old in 2010, continuing its mission of bringing together the best cinematic talents of Asia. South Korea was the big winner this year with six awards, and Bong Joon-ho’s Mother led the pack with three wins of its own.
Not only was Mother named Best Picture, but director Bong and his co-writer Parl Eun-kyo shared Best Screenwriter honors, and the film’s star Kim Hye-ja was named Best Actress.
Per Yahoo! News Mother producer Moon Yang-kwon said Bong tailored the drama for Kim, a highly revered actress in South Korea. “Kim Hye-ja carries the image of a mother to all South Koreans. So after Bong met her for the first time 15 years ago, he kept thinking about how to make a movie based on her image,” Moon said through a translator backstage.
Mother is a devoted single parent to her simple-minded twenty-seven-year-old son, Do-joon. Often a source of anxiety to his mother, Do-joon behaves in foolish or simply dangerous ways. One night, while walking home drunk, he encounters a schoolgirl whom he follows for a while before she disappears into a dark alley. The next morning she is found dead in an abandoned building, and Do-joon is accused of her murder. An inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force result in a speedy conviction. His mother refuses to believe her beloved son is guilty and immediately undertakes her own investigation to find the girl’s killer. In her obsessive quest to clear her son’s name, Mother steps into a world of unimaginable chaos and shocking revelations.
Mother‘s not the only horror film that garnered attention. Fellow South Korean Park Chan-wook’s Thirst got the nod for Best Visual Effects. Click here for the full list of winners from The Hollywood Reporter, and be sure to visit the official Asian Film Awards site to learn more about them.
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