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[Movie 2002] The Way Home 집으로

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Kim Eul Boon, Yoo Seung Ho

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The Way Home 집으로 Jibeuro

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Genre: Drama

Grandmother: Kim Eul Boon

Sang Woo: Yoo Seung Ho

Sang Woo's mother: Dong Hyo Hee

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Written and directed by Lee Jeong Hyang

Year realeased: 2002

Run Time: 88 min

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The Way Home is a touching story about a spoiled city boy, Sang Woo, whose single mom falls on hard times. The mom has no choice but to ship the boy off to the rural mountain town where his grandma lives. The grandmother is a hunchback lady with serious osteoporosis from bending over low stoves all her life. She's also mute and illiterate.Despite the physical setbacks, she works diligently without complaining. Her character is so cute, you fall in love with her right away.

At first, the SangWoo treats his grandma with disrespect and apathy. He assumes she's a country bumpkin because she's unfamiliar with the trappings of the modern world.(How could she possible not know what Kentucky Fried chicken is??!!)He tries to keep himself occupied with the things he brought with him from the city: his rollerblades, his toys, his Coca Cola and his tins of Spam. However, after seeing all the sacrafices the gentle old woman makes for him, he soon learns some important lessons about love, kindness, selflessness and humility.

A long way home has a purposefully slow pace to mimick the slow pace of life in the countryside. In the beginning you wonder if anything is going to happen in the movie, but profound moments come out of very simple events. In addition, the striking scenery and the beautiful cinematography makes the movie a delight to watch.

The most remarkable thing about this movie is Eul-boon Kim, the woman who plays the grandmother. She had never even seen a movie before acting in this one! The director Jeong-hyang Lee found her during an extensive talent search among real rural village people. Bring some tissues if you watch this movie (It's a tearjerker!) and don't forget to call your grandma afterwards to tell her you love her.(Source)

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The Way Home

With the unexpected box-office success of her second feature, Lee Jeong-hyang has now earned the title of Korea's most commercially successful woman director. Although the widespread popularity of her debut film Art Museum by the Zoo can in part be attributed to star actress Shim Eun-ha, her latest work The Way Home offers nothing more in star power than a 7-year old boy and a 77-year old grandmother. Based purely on its strengths in storytelling this film has become a popular and beloved feature in its home country.

The Way Home opens with a single mother who, faced with financial troubles, decides to leave her seven-year son with his mute grandmother in the countryside. Having run away from home at a young age, the mother introduces the two to each other for the first time and then leaves for the city. The boy is furious at this upheaval in his life, taking out his frustrations by misbehaving and making wild demands of his grandmother.

The film was shot in a remote village of only eight households, with amateur actors taking all the roles save that of the young boy. Kim Ul-boon, the woman who plays the grandmother, was scouted from another village when the director spotted her walking down the road. Having never seen a movie before in her life, she nonetheless proved to be a talented and devoted actress, and she has since become a minor celebrity.

Apart from being a mainly personal story, The Way Home also highlights the world of difference that exists between rural and urban Korea. Without being preachy, the film manages to highlight some of the aspects of rural life that have been lost in the course of development. The film's main strength remains its storytelling, however. Although the plot contains few surprises, it develops in such natural fashion that it doesn't feel like a story is being told at all.

I admit I was shocked to see how well this film performed at the box-office when it was released in April. When you watch it, it seems to contain not a trace of commercialism, yet it managed to outperform both Hollywood blockbusters and star-studded local movies to land at #1 in the box-office. A small chunk of hope for those who support modestly-packaged films. (Darcy Paquet via koreanfilm.org)

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Reunion in 2008: Grandma (Kim Eul Boon) and grandson (Yoo Seung Ho)

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The Way Home (a movie dedicated to all grandmothers)

-- no major spoilers, no tragedies... truly heartwarming & full of love :blush:

I had this movie in my collection for the longest time.... remembering... why... I kept postponing to watch it... because when the tears started falling, it's so hard to stop.

I love family series but there's a price to pay... swollen eyes and painful chest. But I didn't cry intially when the movie starts... only when the grandmother appeared, an undeniably sharp & hot sensation started to build up behind the tear glands. She reminded me so much of my late grandmother, the white hair, the slow walking posture but most importantly, her quiet and warm presence.

Just to share a little thought (a review by Darcy Paquet posted above)... grandmothers are the most patient creatures on earth... no matter what their grandchildren do... they'll smile warmly and never raise a word. In this case the grandmother is mute but she knows and hears everything. Even when the spoilt grandson mutters disrespectful words, his grandma's reaction never changes. She gestures and touches him softly, urging him... giving him all that she could afford. Yeah... children will always be children and in the movie, the boy's been so used to city life.... suddenly living in an isolated area so far way, without all the world's comfort gave him endless fits of tantrums and yet, the grandmother keeps holding out to him, giving in to everything. Seriously... honestly... if this ever happens to us... I'm sure... many probably wouldn't hesitate to give a smack or two at such behaviour :ph34r: that's why grandmothers are the most patient beings.

But as the end approaches... the boy slowly realizes the magnitude of kindness that his grandmother has showered him with. Living alone all her life... she appreciates the boy so much, her precious kin... always wanting to please the pride of her life... and eventually, the boy learnt just how much she really meant to him. Totally love the end... (though I would prefer someone living with the grandmother... she's already so used to her life, changing it would only affect the peaceful equilibrium) .. knowing that the grandmother could never speak or write, he prepared the ready-made messages on his favourite toy-cards of "I MISS YOU"s and "I'M SICK" prepared for the grandmother ... truly so touching and heartwarming to see. She only had to send those to his grandson to keep in touch. In the end of the movie... I had a really bad headache... because the crying just wouldn't stop.

But it's all good, worthwhile and especially sweet story of a warm unconditional love. If you still have your grandma with you, do give her a hug and a kiss. :wub:

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Lol....same here starting from beginning to end i cried and well it was embrassing with all my friends there but heck it was one good movie....Love it from beginning to end...^^

i love this movie alot!

it really touched my heart!

i cried like hell watching the movie.

one of my all-time favourites.

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gosh .. thanks for starting this thread ..

i loved this show .. looking at both of them bond reminds me of our own grannies.. i cried even while watching the trailer .. it was so touching .. (minus the kentucky chicken part) .. definitely one of the most memorable for me ..

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^it's my pleasure, I love this movie... I adore the grandmother! :wub:

Ohh... the scene... they went to town as a treat & to buy stuff (shoes) for the boy, the grandmother ended up walking all the way back to their village just because the boy doesn't want her on the same bus :angry: ... he wanted to impress the girl. Aish... it took so long for her to reach home ... how could he be so inconsiderate little b***. Yet the grandmother simply looked unaffected... a bit sweaty but she's totally cool after that very long walk.

I was like... what... she walked? :o And I ended crying my heart out... :tears:

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The boy was a major brat, but the grandmother was just wonderful. This movie had no major explosion & no tragic love, but it had a lot of HEART. It makes you appreciate how a small simple gesture can means so much. I discovered this GREAT movie by accident at rental place.

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rubie, thanks for starting this thread. this has got to be 1 of my favorite kmovies. it's somewhere deep in the heart & unforgettable.

like you, the tears never stopped running for me even after the credits finished rolling. in a way, i was glad i didn't watch this at the cinemas cause erm my crying towards the end got kinda loud :tears: it made me miss both my grandmothers who have passed on.... both I never really got the chance to get closer to.

i was touched as well with what Sangwoo did towards the end, tht ready made messages.... :tears:

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thanx rubie for making a thread about this movie.. i remembered watching it a few years back and absolutely love the grandmother's character.. the boy was cute but was such a brat.. :lol:

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I saw this movie at a video store but didn't rent it so maybe I left out a great movie. The plot is really interesting anyway.

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rubie, thanks for starting this thread. this has got to be 1 of my favorite kmovies. it's somewhere deep in the heart & unforgettable.

like you, the tears never stopped running for me even after the credits finished rolling. in a way, i was glad i didn't watch this at the cinemas cause erm my crying towards the end got kinda loud :tears: it made me miss both my grandmothers who have passed on.... both I never really got the chance to get closer to.

i was touched as well with what Sangwoo did towards the end, tht ready made messages.... :tears:

thanx rubie for making a thread about this movie.. i remembered watching it a few years back and absolutely love the grandmother's character.. the boy was cute but was such a brat.. :lol:

Hi! Happy to share something nice, I was updating elsewhere and found the little thoughts I wrote about the movie before and I remember that quite a few had The Way Home listed in their favourite movie list in one of the threads around and we haven't had one on the movie itself. It's really good reminiscing and sharing a heartwarming story with similar minds.

Like mentioned above, there was no extreme plot or anything like that but the simple movie had a lot of HEART.

That boy sure is a major pain-in-the-a** but to his grandmother, he's her little prince.

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Spoilt little boy Sangwoo have finally grown up... :)

September 26, 2006

Child actors come of age in Korea

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September 26, 2006 ㅡ Four years ago, a small boy moved the hearts of more than 4 million Koreans. He was Yoo Seung-ho, the young star of director Lee Jeong-hyang's movie "Jibeuro," or "The Way Home" in English, a heartwarming story about a boy and his deaf-mute grandmother.

Seung-ho played the grandson in the movie, earning the title of "forever the young boy."

But four years have passed and the 10-year-old has grown up.

He will soon return to the cinema with a main role as a teenager whose only family is his dog "Maumy."

The film "Maumy" is coming to theaters late next month, but moviegoers are already excited to see their favorite boy actor coming back to screens, entertainment Web sites show.

It seems that he has gained a lot of teenage girl fans as well.

"He has a million-dollar smile," wrote "Ruelo" on the bulletin board of Interpark, a Web site for film ticketing. Another article posted by a female fan read, "He has grown up to become so handsome and so cute."

He was voted to be the best look-alike of popular actor Cho Seung-woo, according to an Interpark poll. He also received the most votes as the "most prospective" young actor, according to a survey done by Cine 21, a movie magazine.

The popularity of teenage stars is growing noticeably. Young actors who were considered mere children in the past are receiving much more attention these days.

"Teenaged actors usually played minor roles in films, but that's becoming an old story," said a staffer from Fine Works, a film planning agency. "More movies like to tell their stories from a young person's perspective and younger actors who can act are necessary in this business to make that possible."

A good example is Ko A-seong, 15, who played the youngest daughter in the film, "The Host." She played a critical role in the film where her family rescued her from the creature that kidnapped her.

After Ko showed that she could act well despite her young age, she received more requests to star in television dramas and commercials

Shin Se-gyeong, 17, is another teenage star who is in the spotlight these days. Shin debuted as a "mere friend of actress Moon Geun-young" in a 2004 comedy without much success.

But two years passed and Shin returned to the big screen as a beautiful young lady.

In the recent horror film, "Cinderella," she played the eerie daughter of a plastic surgeon. She did not scare any of the audience but did succeed in surprising the moviegoers who remembered her earlier role.

Following the movie's release, Shin signed an 80 million won ($85,000) contract with School Looks, a high school uniform company, to model its clothes for one year.

"She may be still young, but she gave off the image of being confident, innocent, smart and sexy all at the same time," said the press release from School Looks, explaining why they felt Shin was the right model to best display its clothes.

by Lee Min-a <mina>

Source: JoongAng Daily

http://joongangdaily.joins.com/200609/25/2...0091009101.html

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The Way Home (US Version)

~ Seung-Ho Yoo | Hyo-Dee Dong

This subtle and bucolic Korean film is "dedicated to all grandmas" by its director Jeong-hyang Lee. The story concerns bratty, selfish seven-year-old Sang-Woo (Seung-Ho Yoo) who is sent out into the mountains to live with his ancient, mute, partially deaf grandmother (Eul-Boon Kim) while his stressed-out single mom looks for work back in the city. Angry and resentful, the boy is bored with his new life of simple food, sleeping on the floor in a one-room hut, and having nowhere to buy batteries for his dying handheld video game. Eventually Grandma's humble patience and unconditional love get through to him, and there's plenty of space for comic vignettes and moving moments of stillness along the way. The boy's hyper world of candy and toys contrasts with grandma's slow, natural environment and allows for contemplation on our rapidly changing culture. This is the second film from Ms. Lee, whose cast consists largely of inexperienced locals from the village where she shot the film. Eul-Boon Kim is a particularly amazing discovery as the grandmother; she had never even seen a movie before being cast.

"...Lee has invested a great deal of autobiographical currency in the film -- emotionally if not literally -- and the result is appropriately resonant..." - Wade, Major (Box Office Critic), Box Office, 11/01/2002

"...[Kim Eul-boon] is a real natural..." - Lisa, Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly Critic), Entertainment Weekly, 11/22/2002

"...THE WAY HOME is simplicity itself, and Lee is alert to the details and incidents of everyday life to sustain the film with wryly amusing observations and much affection....A loving little film of considerable appeal..." - Kevin, Thomas (Film critic), Los Angeles Times, 11/15/2002

Source http://global.yesasia.com/en/PrdDept.aspx/...pid-1004415508/

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i always wondered.. is the grandmother still alive?

she was so wonderful in that movie.

better than all those heavy top dogs in the acting bussiness.

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I read somewhere that the money the grandmother made from this movie, other people in the village tried to steal from her.

Anyway, this is one of my favorite movies too. I cried so much watching this.

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I read somewhere that the money the grandmother made from this movie, other people in the village tried to steal from her.

Anyway, this is one of my favorite movies too. I cried so much watching this.

What!?! Never knew about that! :o Hope everything turns out well for her, though she'd never act again... or did she?

I just hope that the grandmother is living with her family and not all alone, as in The Way Home.

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Ooh I remember watching this movie and how it tugged at my heartstrings.. the grandmother was so patient towards her brat of a grandson but in the end the grandson learned to love her back which was very very sweet indeed. i loved the movie.

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