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-sik
Produced by Lee Joon-dong
Written by Park Heung-sik
Song Hye-jin
Starring Jeon Do-yeon
Park Hae-il
Go Doo-shim
Music by Jo Seong-woo
Cinematography Choi Young-taek
Edited by Kim Yang-il
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • June 30, 2004 (2004-06-30)
Running time
110 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

My Mother, the Mermaid (Hangul인어공주; Hanja人漁公主; RRIneo 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 works as a postmaster who delivers mail all over the town where her mother lived. He befriends Yeon-soon and teaches her 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 Busan Film Critics Awards[4]

2004 Blue Dragon Film Awards

  • Nomination - Best Film
  • Nomination - Best Director - Park Heung-sik
  • Nomination - Best Actress - Jeon Do-yeon
  • Nomination - Best Supporting Actress - Go Doo-shim
  • Nomination - Best Cinematography - Choi Young-taek

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-sik and Song Hye-jin
  • Nomination - Best Cinematography - Choi Young-taek
  • Nomination - Best Art Direction - Cho Geun-hyun
  • Nomination - Best Music - Jo Seong-woo

2004 Director's Cut Awards

2005 Baeksang Arts Awards

2005 Chunsa Film Art 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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