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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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Too great a distance
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English name: Spring in My Hometown.

Set in Korea in the early 1950's, family members find tragedy when a small village boy witnesses his mother having sex with an American soldier.

Korean movies are rarely seen in the USA. I gave this film every chance, however with few exceptions most every shot is overly distant from the actors. The pacing becomes slower as the framing becomes wider.

Kept away at a distance, it is nearly impossible for the viewer to care about the people in the movie.

Spring in My Hometown is highly ranked. The shadowed subtitling was very easy to read. Check it out if you find it, but don't plan on being overly enthralled.


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