Hye-ja is a single mom to 27-year-old Do-joon, her son being her raison d’être. Though an adult in years, Do-joon is naïve and dependent on his mother and a constant source of anxiety, often behaving in ways that are foolish or simply dangerous. Walking home alone one night down a nearly empty city street, he encounters a young girl 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. Thanks to an inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force, Do-joon’s case is quickly closed, but his mother refuses to let this be the end of the story.

Directed by Bong Joon Ho
Produced by Joon H. Choi, Katharine Kim, Miky Lee
Written by Bong Joon Ho, Park Eun-kyo
Starring Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin
Bong Joon Ho Retrospective
Country: South Korea
129 minutes