I love The Host, but if there is one thing Bong does better than a giant monster movie, it's an intimate dance with a maniac. In that regard Mother looks a lot closer in tone and scale to the anti-procedural investigations of South Korea's first serial killer in Bong's Memories of Murder. I'm pulling for Mother to make a surprise, last-minute appearance at this year's Fantastic Fest. Seeing as that's not a lock, I'm half tempted to wear Weinberg's skin to the Toronto International Film Festival just so I can see it as soon as possible. Magnolia will be opening it nationwide in early 2010, but that seems so far away. Skin-wearing is justified, no?
Oh, and if the same distributor that recently brought stateside Let The Right One In, Timecrimes, and The Host grabbing Joon-ho Bong's latest wasn't good enough news, the deal also includes distribution rights for his first film, Barking Dogs Never Bite. Double bonus!