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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 »



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


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

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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 April 2002 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Camino a casa  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$103,498 (Hong Kong) (20 September 2002)


$444,931 (USA) (2 May 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

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A fantastic warm story
24 February 2010 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

You should not always judge a movie by its covers! "Jibeuro" or "The Way Home" is an amazingly beautiful movie. The story is heartfelt and warm, touching and to the point.

The characters in the movie, despite being limited to a few central characters, are very well portrayed and the actors/actresses really bring their roles to life on the screen.

If the story of this movie does not move you or touches you, then you are without a heart. It is one of the more beautiful movies that I have watched. "The Way Home" tells a touching story of differences between youth and elderly, the importance of values in life, and it does so with compelling sincerity that will leave you in tears. Throughout the movie I grew angry at the child, at how he could treat his loving grandmother that way, and my heart went out for the grandmother and her endless love and acceptance. This movie is one of a kind!

I was told to watch this movie, and were somewhat reluctant, given the cover of the movie and what it read on the back cover. But I sat down and saw it, and I was moved. This is definitely a heartfelt movie that will stay with you for a long, long time.

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