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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.

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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 ...
Jin
Il-Woo Kim ...
Man with Cellphone (as Kim Il Woo)
Mi-hyang Kim ...
Song-hee Kim ...
Bin
Soo-ah Lee ...
Mom
Sung Sook Lee ...
Stall Lady
Lee Hyun Seo ...
Hyun
Park Boon Tak ...
Grandma
Lee Kang Won ...
Neighbor Lady
Ha Min Woo ...
Minoo
Lee Byung Yong ...
Grandpa
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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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$5,014 (USA) (24 April 2009)

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$60,023 (USA) (18 September 2009)
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South Korean woman director "So Yong Kim" gives a whole new meaning to films about children and adults.
2 March 2010 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

It can be said about all viewers and critics assessing new meanings in Asian cinema that they would find "Treeless Mountain" as a different kind of South Korean film.After being successful on film festival circuit all over the world,this successful film by "So Yong Kim" has hit cinemas at a time when there are hardly any good South Korean films gaining worldwide fame."Treeless Mountain" is a different film as it has been made by a woman director who chose to take calculated risks by exploring hitherto mundane world of young children who have tough time living in a world full of cunning,selfish adults.All these points can be considered as some of this film's positive aspects. However,a serious problem about this film might diminish its rising popularity.This concerns the fact that "Treeless Mountain" is neither a complete film for children nor a film absolutely meant for adults.This is something which might distance viewers from forming a positive image of this film in their minds.If "So Yong Kim" has been able to score good points with her film,it is due to her crisp direction of a fairly honest story about the depiction of growing up of young kids.This is precisely which led film critic Lalit Rao to appreciate this film during 14th International Film Festival of Kerala 2009.


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