Won Bin, Kim Hye-Ja set for ‘Mother’

Bong Joon-ho to direct crime drama

SEOUL — ‘Korean Wave’ icon Won Bin and veteran actress Kim Hye-Ja have been set as the stars of “The Host” helmer Bong Joon-ho’s new pic “Mother.”

Project was presented, without cast, last month at the HAF project mart in Hong Kong by producer and artist management group Barunson.

Scripted by Bong and Park Eun-kyo, story sees an asocial loser framed as the perpetrator of an horrific murder and his hard-headed mother has to figure out who really did it to keep her son from prison.

Pic will be produced on a $5 million budget by Barunson’s Choi Jae-won and Seo Woo-sik, with lensing in the fall. CJ Entertainment will handle local Korean distribution and international sales.

“Mother” is the first movie for Won since his starring role in B.O. record breaker “Taegukgi” and “My Brother” nearly four years ago.

“I want to make the saddest yet most beautiful crime drama ever,” Bong said. “At the center of this story is a small and weak mother who stands alone, a woman so determined that she can’t even stop herself.”