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Our Homeland (2012)
"Kazoku no kuni" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  4 August 2012 (Japan)
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Based on the director's own experience, Our Homeland follows a Korean family living in Japan, of which the father (Masane Tsukayama) decided to take North Korean nationality because of his ... See full summary »

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Arata Iura ...
Sonho (as Arata)
Ik-Joon Yang ...
Yang
Kotomi Kyôno ...
Suni
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Hongi
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Juno
Shogo ...
Chori
Sadaharu Shiota
Shinsuke Suzuki
Maho Yamada
Kumi Imura
Mutsuo Yoshioka
Yûko Genkaku
Sujin Kim
Tarô Suwa ...
Tejo
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Based on the director's own experience, Our Homeland follows a Korean family living in Japan, of which the father (Masane Tsukayama) decided to take North Korean nationality because of his strong belief decades ago. In 1997, Sonho (Arata Iura), the son of the family who was sent to North Korea under a "repatriation program" with the promise of a "paradise" free of discrimination, returns to Japan for the first time in 25 years to seek treatment for his brain tumor due to the difference in medical technology between the two countries. Allowed to stay for only three months and closely monitored by a North Korean officer (Yang Ik-Joon), Sonho is welcomed and embraced by his family and old friends but his father, who is still sticking to the belief but also feeling guilty about sending his son to North Korea at the same time, while Sonho's younger sister Rie (Sakura Andô) develops the aversion to North Korea and its political ideas. Written by Anonymous

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Expected more, different.
22 March 2013 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

There was a showing of this movie nearby, so I decided to go watch it with a friend. I was thinking this would be a movie providing great insight in the Korea-Japan relationship and Japanese society in general at the time (1997).

What followed was a fairly grating 100 minutes. The first half hour was a great introduction to the cast, with good acting and camera work especially considering the budget. I kept wondering how everything would work out, what the interaction between the characters would result in.

Nothing much, is what resulted. Besides the family and the childhood girlfriend, the rest of the cast barely shows up again. It's a story illustrating how different ideologies and strict national policies are very capable of breaking apart entire families.

But it could have been.. more. A lot more, is what I think at least. I ended up disappointed, no applause was heard at the end of the film, and it felt like the people in the audience that genuinely enjoyed the movie could be counted on two hands.

I think, unless you have a vast interest in the subject, or have a personal connection to the movie's contents, this might not end up being the movie you were hoping for. That's my honest opinion. I did like picking up on the Korean and Japanese intermingling during conversations, but if besides that and the awesome queer Japanese guy being the main things I'll remember of this movie, that doesn't say a lot.


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