My Mother, the Mermaid

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My Mother, the Mermaid
My Mother the Mermaid movie poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised Romanization Ineogongju
McCune–Reischauer Inŏkongju
Directed by Park Heung-shik
Produced by Han Hyeong-sok
Nam Dok-woo
Lee Gyeong-hwan
Written by Park Heung-shik
Song Hye-jin
Starring Jeon Do-yeon
Park Hae-il
Go Doo-shim
Music by Jo Sung-woo
Cinematography Choi Yeong-taek
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • June 30, 2004 (2004-06-30)
Running time 110 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

My Mother, the Mermaid (Hangul: 인어공주; hanja: 人漁公主; RR: Ineo gongju; lit. "The Mermaid Princess") is a 2004 South Korean film about a young woman who quarrels with her mother but is somehow transported back in time and sees her parents' courtship. In her youth, her mother was a haenyeo, a traditional freediver.[1][2][3]


Na-young (Jeon Do-yeon) is an office worker who lives with her seemingly emotionally non-existent father Jin-kook (Kim Bong-geun), and loud cynical mother Yeon-soon (Go Doo-shim). As time passes she is becoming more and more like her mother Yeon-soon.

One day her father suddenly disappears and she skips her international airplane flight to find him. By entering her father's hometown she is somehow transported back in time to when her parents' relationship was just beginning. She meets her mother, now a poor young woman(Jeon Do-yeon) working hard as a haenyo to send her younger brother to school to get the education she never received. Her father is a charming man (Park Hae-il) who delivers the mail, to be more precise about his work he is postmaster who delivers mails all over the town where her mother used to live; he befriends and teaches Yeon-soon how to read and write.

Na-young is taken in by the young Yeon-soon and, as they are now roughly the same age, the two become very close. Na-young is able to experience the trials, heartbreaks, and celebrations of Yeon-soon before she herself is suddenly transported back into the present time.

Awards and nominations[edit]

2004 Baeksang Arts Awards[4]
2004 Pusan Film Critics Awards
2004 Blue Dragon Film Awards
  • Nomination - Best Film
  • Nomination - Best Actress - Jeon Do-yeon
  • Nomination - Best Director - Park Heung-shik
  • Nomination - Best Supporting Actress - Go Doo-shim
  • Nomination - Best Cinematography
2004 Korean Film Awards
  • Best Actress - Jeon Do-yeon
  • Best Supporting Actress - Go Doo-shim
  • Nomination - Best Actor - Park Hae-il
  • Nomination - Best Screenplay - Park Heung-shik and Song Hye-jin
  • Nomination - Best Cinematography
  • Nomination - Best Art Direction
  • Nomination - Best Music
2004 Director's Cut Awards
2005 Grand Bell Awards


  1. ^ Kim, Gab-sik (15 June 2004). "Did My Mom Love Like That?". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  2. ^ Elley, Derek (9 August 2004). "My Mother the Mermaid". Variety. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  3. ^ Kim, Kyu Hyun. "My Mother, the Mermaid". Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  4. ^ "My Mother, the Mermaid - Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2012-12-23.

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