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The Way Home (2002)

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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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Eul-boon Kim ...
Grandmother
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Sang-woo (as Seung Ho Yoo)
Hyo-hee Dong ...
Sang-woo's Mother
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Kyung-hyun Min ...
Cheol-e
Eun-kyung Yim ...
Hae Yeon
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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 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.

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

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5 April 2002 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Camino a casa  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$444,931 (USA) (2 May 2003)
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At the time of casting, Kim Eul-boon (Grandmother) had not only never acted before, but never even seen a film before. See more »

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A lesson in simplicity: or, less is more
2 August 2004 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

After reading comments about this film by folks expecting some "big payoff" in the end and being disappointed, wanting to tweak the script to make it more exciting, surprised the grandmother didn't "shout" at the boy (are you for real?), that they were "bored" and the story was "depressing", I simply don't believe many of these people actually watched the movie. Maybe it's the lack of skill reading subtitles, the patience of a long-tailed-cat with ADD in a room full of rocking chairs, or ignorance of any other culture other than their own. Who knows? Maybe film class does have its merits. Some people need to be taught how to watch a movie.

I felt compelled to comment on this film because of its simplicity. I recently watched "Rabbit- Proof Fence" whose filmmakers fascinated me with their desire to utilize simple, native folk as actors. The actions and emotions portrayed in 'The Way Home' were simple, and with few words, a few gestures, sometimes one can say more than what's contained in a volume of text. I admire a filmmaker who can use the entire screen to tell a story, and make the audience feel without having to say a word. Even the music was quiet, and used sparingly.

'The Way Home' is a fine, brief glimpse into a culture clash between young and old, rich and poor (of money, and of spirit). I think it's also an important film for western cultures to embrace, since respect for our elders seems to have fallen by the wayside.


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