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The Way Home (2002)

Cast: Kim Eul-boon, Kim Eul-boon, Yu Seung-ho, more...
Director: Lee Jung-hyang, Lee Jung-hyang
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Korea
Running Time: 88 min.
Languages: English, Korean
Subtitles: English
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A youngster learns a valuable lesson about family, friendship, and love in this family drama from South Korea. Sang-woo (Yu Seung-ho) is a seven-year-old boy whose parents are divorced, and whose Mother (Dong Hyo-heui) has decided she needs a break from parenthood for the summer. Mother sends Sang-woo to the country to spend some time with his Grandmother (Kim Eul-bun), who is quite old, in poor health, and cannot speak. Sang-woo doesn't much care for his Grandmother, and prefers to spend his time playing with his hand-held video game rather than have anything to do with her. When the batteries die out in his game machine, Sang-woo heads into town to replace them, but before long, he gets lost with no way to find his way back to Grandmother's house. Eventually, two kids (Min Kyung-hun and Yim Eun-kyung) help Sang-woo find Grandmother's home, and he resigns himself to spending the summer with her. As time goes on, the wall between them begins to collapse, and Sang-woo comes to realize how much his Grandmother really means to him. A massive commercial success in its native South Korea, Jibeuro out-grossed Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring during its initial release on its home turf. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Sacrifice, love and Kentucky Fried Chicken! by DPangilinan January 15, 2005 - 2:54 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Beware! Do not watch this movie with others who'll see you cry. This is a touching film of neglected love, childhood innocence and a re-appreciation for a life simplified. The kid is a brat, used to all the high amenities of city life. Then one day, his mother drops him off to live his with deaf and mute grandma. This is the first time they both meet. I don't know which irritated me most; the brat kid crying for batteries for his gameboy or the uncaring daughter who leaves her kid behind to deal with issues.

This is a great film about realizing those you care about the most. The transformation of the boy's attitude is both wonderful and amazing. He discovers humility in the most simpleness of terms from someone who can only communicate through sign language. Watch this movie with you Grandma! Hug her everytime you get a chance.

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