• Mother

Bong Joon-ho’s masterpiece Mother screens tonight at Doc Films as part of its nearly completed Korean New Wave series, which has boasted such notable titles as Hong Sang-soo’s Night and Day (2008), Kim Ki-duk’s 3-Iron (2003), and another Bong masterpiece, The Host (2006). As a fan of genre cinema and its assorted rules and regulations, I’ve come to have a fierce admiration for Bong and his ilk. The way they commandeer genre techniques and contextualize them with nationalistic concerns is indicative of a cinephilic sect of directors with more on their minds than just movies. It’s important to note that Hong, Kim, and Lee Chang-dong are less zestful when it comes to genre, though their work remains equally as vital.