Ma Il Young was found in a coin locker, raised by beggars, kidnapped and sold to a crime ring when she was a little girl. Mother is the notorious leader of the ring that is based in Chinatown in Incheon and is involved with fake IDs, loan-sharking and organ trafficking.
By the time the girl reaches 18, she has become a cruel and fierce bouncer and Mother’s right hand, in a gang additionally including a boy her age, a girl with pink hair and a mentally handicapped boy. However, during one of her missions with Suk Hyun, the son of a debtor, she falls in love with him and tries to escape her crime life, in an action that causes a number of chain reactions in the crime world.
Han Ju Hee directs a violent action thriller about the Korean underworld, although he also entails a number of social subjects, chiefly through the relationship of Mother with her “children”.
Both the leading female actresses portray quite interesting characters with Ma Il Young’s obvious need to become a regular teenage girl and Mother’s feelings, which she never lets out, trying to appear cruel and strong, and succeeding to the fullest.
Kim Go Eun is excellent as Ma Il Young, although the one who steals the show is Kim Hye Soo, who is sublime as Mother, portraying a truly intimidating character in astonishing fashion.