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Spring in My Hometown (1998)
"Areumdawoon sheejul" (original title)

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A story of two 13-year-old boys in a small country village during the last days of the Korean War. Sungmin's father gets a job at US army camp through his daughter's American boyfriend, and... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Sung-kee Ahn ...
Sungmin's father
Yoo-Jung Bae ...
Changhee's mother
Jin-gi Jeon
Jae-hyeon Jo
Jungwoo Kim ...
Changhee
Won-hae Kim
In Lee ...
Sungmin
Gye-nam Myeong
Sun-mi Myeong
Ji-hye Oh ...
Teacher
Yi-suk Seo
Wok-suk Song ...
Sungmin's mother
Hye-jeong Yu
Oh-seong Yu ...
Sungmin's uncle (as Ohsung Yoo)
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A story of two 13-year-old boys in a small country village during the last days of the Korean War. Sungmin's father gets a job at US army camp through his daughter's American boyfriend, and the family gets richer. But Changhee's father has been long-lost and his mother can't even afford one meal a day for her children. One day, the boys peep into a deserted mill-house which is unofficially used for prostitution, and find out Changhee's mother with a GI soldier. Changhee sets fire to the place and runs away. Months later, Sungmin hears a rumor that his best friend has been killed by a group of angry American soldiers and makes an empty grave with other boys. A year later, Sungmin's father gets fired for stealing things from the camp. Sangmin goes to Changhee's grave to bid farewell and the family leaves the village. Written by Stevie Cho <stevie@unitel.co.kr>

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21 November 1998 (South Korea)  »

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Anoixiatiki patrida mou  »

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Nice to look at, but ol so naive
27 September 2001 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Have you ever seen a movie made up entirely of long wide shots? No? Me, neither. Well, I've finally seen one in "Spring in my Hometown," and I must confess, now I KNOW why people don't do this. The technique is "arty," to be sure, but it's definitely NOT ripe for public consumption. The technique is heavily flawed simply because the viewer has no emotional attachment to the characters, and perhaps that might be the director's whole intentions. I don't know, I can't read minds, and I certainly don't know enough about the director to make a judgement.

But one thing about this movie that IS painfully obvious is its ridiculous anti-American sentiments. As an American, I'm well aware of my country's participation in the Korean War, and I'm very well aware that we weren't always angels, but I'll be damn if I'll take this guy's version of how things happened. According to this blind fool, Americans were not only at the root of the war, we were the CAUSE of the war, and we almost singlehandedly destroyed the country. Whatever, Mister Director. And I suppose you'd still be making this film in COMMUNIST KOREA if we hadn't interfered, right? Talk about forgetting your history. This is almost akin to making the Nazis the "good guys" while turning the Allied forces into the "bad guys." This movie is so historically naive and so factually inaccurate that it's almost embarrassing to watch. For a man who comes from a country that owes its very EXISTENCE to American interference, he sure comes off as high and mighty and judgemental.


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