by Hong Kyeong-Pyo, Seo Ji-Hyeong and Bong Joon ho
Back in April, prior to the release of PARASITE, Bong Joon Ho contacted Plain Archive. He wanted to mark the 10th anniversary of his film MOTHER by holding a small screening where he hoped to hand out behind-the-scenes photobooks for the cast and crew. The initial set of photos Bong shared with us were striking and beautiful, which is why we wanted the photos to be seen by many others. We finished working on the book and it’s titled: Memories of MOTHER.
Bong was in the middle of post-production for PARASITE when he opened up an old external hard drive. Photos from the set of MOTHER were resting without anyone taking a look for a decade. The stills were taken by the cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo(SNOWPIERCER, PARASITE) himself. MOTHER was the first time Hong and Bong finally* collaborated. *They wanted to work together for a while.
The two renowned filmmakers were a decade younger when they made a truly unique film with star actors like Kim Hye-ja and Won Bin. MOTHER now occupies its own special territory within the Bong Joon Ho world/genre.Over 200 photos were carefully chosen by Bong himself. He tells Hong, “my belly isn’t there,” while Hong says, “Hey Joon Ho, we were so young.”You’ll find an interview with the DP Hong Kyung-pyo and essays by Seo Ji-hyung(Photographer), Baek Eun-ha and Tim Grierson.