Mama (Korean Movie)

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"Mama" follows three different families all dealing with different issues affecting their mothers.

Dong-Sook (Uhm Jung-Hwa) is a single mother who works as a saleswoman for yogurt drinks and also works cleans apartments to make ends meet. Her world revolves around her son Won-Jae (Lee Hyung-Suk), who is afflicted with a disease that prevents him from walking. One day, Dong-Sook is diagnosed with cancer and her world comes crashing down ...

Eun-Sung (Ryu Hyun-Kyung) has always lived under the shadows of her famous opera singer mother Hee-Kyung (Jeon Su-Kyeong). Even as a married mother, Eun-Sung still at times feels like an assistant to her mother rather than a daughter. Eun-Sung's dreamed as a child of becoming a pop-singer, but her uppity mother would have none of that. As an adult can Eun-Sung achieve her dream?

Seung-Chul (Yu Hae-Jin) is a mafia boss feared by his subordinates and rivals. When Seung-Chul visits his mother Ok-Joo (Kim Hae-Sook) he morphs into another person entirely. Seung-Chul worries about his mother and attempts to do anything to make sure she is happy. He also sometimes acts as a figure father to his widowed mother. When Ok-Joo learns she has breast cancer and is resistant to having a mastectomy, Seung-Chul attempts to persuade her to have the surgery. He asks his mother if there is anything she wants, Ok-Joo shows Seung-Chul an old photo herself and a man from her teenage years. She wants to meet that man one more time ...

Cast

Mama-Uhm Jung-Hwa.jpg Lee Hyung-Suk Mama-Jeon Su-Kyeong.jpg Mama-Ryu Hyun-Kyung.jpg Kim Jin-Soo
Uhm Jung-Hwa Lee Hyung-Suk Jeon Su-Kyeong Ryoo Hyoun-Kyoung Kim Jin-Soo
Dong-Sook Won-Jae Hee-Kyung Eun-Sung Kil-Joon
Lee Jang-Kyung Mama-Kim Hae-Suk.jpg Mama-Yu Hae-Jin.jpg Mama-Jang Hang-Seon.jpg Mama-Han Sang-Jin.jpg
Lee Jang-Kyung Kim Hae-Sook Yu Hae-Jin Jang Hang-Seon Han Sang-Jin
Yeon-Doo Ok-Joo Seung-Chul Deok-Soo rival gang boss

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sam what's the name of the song at the end ????

Ki Watched "Mama" and came away with mixed emotions. The movie has a setup with three different story lines that all deal with mothers in one way or another. To be blunt the main segment starring Uhm Jung-Hwa was extremely grating with a storyline with too many wish washy cliches thrown in past tearjerkers. Uhm Jung-Hwa plays a single mother who takes care of her handicapped child and then learns she has incurable disease and will live for only a few more months. She also holds two jobs - one selling yogurt and the other a maid. Watching this segment felt like eating one of those overstuffed breakfast platters from a cheap truck stop dinner - you know one small bite and it tastes kind of good, but with each additional spoonful the heaviness becomes overwhelming until you want to puke.

On the positive side the other two segments where much better and probably calculated to be more lightweight. Normally enjoy every performance for Ryoo Hyun-Kyung and she portrayed a different type of character than her past roles - an adult daughter married with a child, but still struggling under the overbearing dominance of her perfectionist mother who is a renown opera singer. The other story segment featuring Yu Hae-Jin as a feared mafia boss but a teddy bear around his mother played by Kim Hae-Suk was also enjoyable.

I guess the over-the-top heaviness of the Uhm Jung-Hwa segment made more jaded about the film in general and any moments where I expected to feel genuine emotions to the character's situations was ruined by that jadedness. Movie isn't a classic by any stretch of the imagination, but 2 out of 3 stories featured in the film was pretty solid. Just gotta get that images of the Uhm Jung-Hwa segment out of my head.

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