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Treeless Mountain (2008)

Na-moo-eobs-neun san (original title)
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In Seoul, Korea, two sisters must look after each other when their mother leaves them to search for their estranged father.


(as So-yong Kim)


(as So-yong Kim)
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Credited cast:
Chae Gil Byung ...
Pedestrian in City
Jung Gil Ja ...
Minoo's Mom
Shin Hyun Je ...
Bus Driver
Kim Mi Jung ...
Hyun's Mom
Hee-yeon Kim ...
Il-Woo Kim ...
Man with Cellphone (as Kim Il Woo)
Mi-hyang Kim ...
Song-hee Kim ...
Soo-ah Lee ...
Sung Sook Lee ...
Stall Lady
Lee Hyun Seo ...
Park Boon Tak ...
Lee Kang Won ...
Neighbor Lady
Ha Min Woo ...
Lee Byung Yong ...


What is the nature of childhood resilience? Sisters Jin and Bin, ages 6 and 3, live with their mother. Jin likes school and does well. One day, their mother leaves the girls with their father's sister, a woman they do not know. The mother seeks a reconciliation with their father. She leaves them a plastic piggy bank, promising to return when the bank is full. The girls scrub and clean for their aunt, a tippler who's often cranky and complaining. She gives them a few coins for their work. They earn more money catching, grilling, and selling grasshoppers. They miss their mother. The bank fills. They watch for her from a mound of dirt. Will she return? Will stoic faces give way to a smile? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

27 August 2009 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Agaçsiz Dag  »

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$5,014 (USA) (24 April 2009)


$60,023 (USA) (18 September 2009)

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a mountain of sentiment
22 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, the so-called critic visitor967, or whatever, is brainless about "Treeless Mtn." He wanted action so let him watch the bundle of shoo-em and/or main-em movies.

This movie is, for the most part, a lovely sentimental offering that keeps you interested from the git-go. The children are charming, the story is warm and touching.

I do agree that it has no 'ending' but the time spent watching it is well worthwhile. The photography is beautiful.

It will warm the cockles of your heart. I'm not sure what a cockle is, but if you have a good, beating heart, you will enjoy this quiet gem.

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