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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 »

Director:

Jeong-hyang Lee

Writer:

Jeong-hyang Lee
11 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Eul-boon Kim Eul-boon Kim ... Grandmother
Seung-ho Yoo ... Sang-woo (as Seung Ho Yoo)
Hyo-hee Dong Hyo-hee Dong ... Sang-woo's Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kyung-hyun Min Kyung-hyun Min ... Cheol-e
Eun-kyung Yim 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

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A clash of cultures.
13 March 2005 | by shneurSee all my reviews

The key to this movie is the contrast between the traditional "Eastern" values of Harmony and Inner Focus, and the intruding "Western" ones of Mastery and Acquisition. The seven-year-old protagonist brings with him the culture of the big city, Seoul in this case, but it could be anywhere, represented by his battery-operated game and the fact of his mother dumping him in the first place. He is confronted with his elderly grandmother, who simply refuses to engage him in the kind of outer battle he expects, neither to win it nor to lose it. We as audience continually visualize a "modern" parent either bullying this child into submission, or alternatively pandering to his oblivious self-centeredness. Instead, this caretaker evinces UNRELENTING respect for him as a human being: she never once blames, insults, or degrades him. Thus she sets him on the path of an inner journey which are left hoping will last a lifetime.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

5 April 2002 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Caminho para Casa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,737, 17 November 2002

Gross USA:

$445,367

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,952,738
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Dolby

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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