I Like to Watch (Instantly): Mother, Oldboy
Notable South Korean titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world
Directed by Joon-ho Bong
Cast: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Ku Jin, Yoon Jae-Moon, Mun-hee Na, Mi-sun Jun, Young-Suck Lee, Sae-Beauk Song, Woo-hee Chun, Byoung-Soon Kim
Bong Joon-ho—who gave us the incredible, genre-scrambling giant-monster movie The Host—returns with this 100 percent gripping thriller. Kim Hye-ja plays a doting mother whose mentally challenged son is charged in a horrific murder. Convinced that her son was framed, mom will stop at nothing (and I mean nothing) to find the real killer. Like so many South Korean filmmakers, Bong juggles shocking violence, surprising black humor and utter visual beauty with the skill of a master. The tone is slippery, but the film is pure post-Hitchcock genius. In Korean with English subtitles.