Discussion 15

  1. How does your view of the main character change throughout the course of this film? What does this movie say about its the themes of motherhood and justice? And what do you think the mother’s small tin of acupuncture needles symbolizes?

At the very beginning of the video I thought that the main character, the mother, was a little over protective of her son. However, after he got arrested she did what any mother would do and tried many different options in order to prove her son’s innocence. Then as the movie continues I started to think she was a little crazy. My overall opinion of the mother stayed pretty consistent through out the later part of the movie. She was a mother who just wanted to protect her kid, and although crazy she just loved him immensely.

When considering the themes of motherhood and justice in this movie I think it was showing that the definition of justice depends on your relation to the accused. A mother’s love for her child is so great that sometimes even if their kid did something wrong they believe that it is their job to prove that they didn’t. Sometimes even the facts will not convince them that their child is guilty. I think that’s exactly what happened in this movie. The mother could not/ would not believe that her child could kill the girl.

I think that the small tin of acupuncture needles that the mother has is a symbol for the bad she’s done. The conversation of her illegal use of them is mentioned at the prison when her son brings up the fact that she tried to kill him when he was younger. Then her son finds the tin at the junkman’s house and brings it back to his mother.

2 thoughts on “Discussion 15

  1. geborgeson

    I agree that the acupuncture needles were very symbolic. When the son recovered the needles from the fire he unknowingly saved his mother just as she saved him. I think you right that justice in this movie really depends on your connection to the accused. The crazy JP who had no family to fight for him would not be missed, and therefore he was her easy scapegoat.

  2. veyjustin

    I agree with you that a mother will always do anything in her power to protect her children even if they are in the wrong

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