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Review: The Mother

A girl is found murdered in this latest effort from Korean director Bong Joon-ho, and the police, at a loss, pin the blame on Do-joon (Bin Won), a childlike local with not much going on upstairs, alternately brutalizing and bamboozling him into a confess
The power of maternal love
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 19, 2010

The Bong show

You have to wonder whether there's something in the drinking water in Korea that's caused the country to spawn so many prolific, inventive new filmmakers — directors like Park Chan-wook ( Oldboy , Thirst ) and Bong Joon-ho.
Korea's hottest new director comes to the HFA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 26, 2010

Review: Tokyo!

Together, idiosyncratic directors Michel Gondry ( Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ), Leos Carax ( The Lovers on the Bridge ), and Bong Joon-ho ( The Host ) have crafted a bento box of delectable shorts.
Dreamy tribute to a glittering metropolis
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 10, 2009

It came from the sink

Drainage spawns a genetic mutation — part salamander, part fish, part . . . vagina dentata? — that emerges from the Han’s banks.
Bong Joon-ho stirs up the muck in The Host
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 09, 2007

Separate souls

If you were lucky enough to have experienced “Visions from the South: Korean Cinema 1960–2005” a couple of years back, then you’re already aware of some of the world-class auteurs hailing from Northeast Asia.
Korean gender distinctions at the MFA
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 23, 2007

The Host

Running a rubber-gloved finger across gallons of dust-covered bottles of formaldehyde, a US military official orders a Korean morgue attendant at a US Army base in Seoul to “empty every bottle to the very last drop.
A monster movie with a splash of muckraking
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 17, 2007