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The Way Home (2002)

Jibeuro (original title)
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Seven-year-old Sang-woo is left with his grandmother in a remote village while his mother looks for work. Born and raised in the city, Sang-woo quickly comes into conflict with his ... See full summary »

Director:

Jeong-hyang Lee

Writer:

Jeong-hyang Lee
11 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Eul-boon Kim Eul-boon Kim ... Grandmother
Seung-ho Yoo ... Sang-woo (as Seung Ho Yoo)
Hyo-hee Dong Hyo-hee Dong ... Sang-woo's Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kyung-hyun Min Kyung-hyun Min ... Cheol-e
Eun-kyung Yim Eun-kyung Yim ... Hae Yeon
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Storyline

Seven-year-old Sang-woo is left with his grandmother in a remote village while his mother looks for work. Born and raised in the city, Sang-woo quickly comes into conflict with his old-fashioned grandmother and his new rural surroundings. Disrespectful and selfish, Sang-woo lashes out in anger, perceiving that he has been abandoned. He trades his grandmother's only treasure for a video game; he throws his food and he throws tantrums. When Sang-woo's mother finds work and finally returns for him, Sang-woo has become a different boy. Through his grandmother's boundless patience and devotion, he learns to embrace empathy, humility and the importance of family. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Discover the magical movie that has captured the heart of a nation.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

5 April 2002 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Caminho para Casa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,877,000 (South Korea), 7 April 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,737, 17 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$444,931, 4 May 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

At the time of casting, Kim Eul-boon (Grandmother) had not only never acted before, but never even seen a film before. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

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a young korean city boy spends two months with his grandmother in the country
10 March 2005 | by caseyjwolfSee all my reviews

i am not an easy sell on movies. many things can strike a sour note and put me off a little bit. but i rate this movie 10 on every count. it is excellent in story, characterization, cinematography--but all of those words pull me away from what i truly want to say about The Way Home. it is beautiful on a level that few movies are. most movies that attempt the type of emotional beauty that this one does end up a bit cheesy, a bit cliché, and i am not able to take them seriously.

The Way Home simply lays out the struggle of a young boy and the quiet resilience of his grandmother, and here weeks later when i think of it i feel joy.


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