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Marathon (2005)

Maraton (original title)
An autistic boy discovers he has a talent for running and with the help of the mother participates in a major marathon.


Yoon-Chul Jung (as Yoon-Chul Chung)
10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Cho Seung-woo ... Cho-won Yoon
Kim Mi-Sook ... Kyung-sook Yoon
Lee Gi-yeong ... Jung-wook
Sung-Hyun Baek ... Jung-won Yoon
Nae-sang Ahn ... Cho-won's dad
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Su-ji Jeon Su-ji Jeon ... Se-yeon
Jae-rok Kim ... Police Station Officer
Sun-Jae Kim Sun-Jae Kim ... Chowon's Homeroom Teacher
Sung-min Lee ... Jung-wook's Friend
Mi-suk Park Mi-suk Park


(Korean with English subtitles) This hit inspirational movie follows an autistic young man, who finds solace only in running. His mother is the caring force that never gives up on him. Even though both Mother and son suffer from family and financial issues, they manage to find a former marathon champion -- now a lethargic old man - to serve as his coach for an upcoming marathon. Written by Anonymous

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Biography | Drama | Sport


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Did You Know?


The film pokes fun at the classic film 'Rain Man' in the scene where the coach tries to get Cho-won to solve maths equations. Cho-won can't solve any difficult equations in his head, and it's literally raining in the foreground. See more »


Remade as Marason (2007) See more »

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this looks bound for a Hollywood remake
8 July 2005 | by SupergrassSee all my reviews

this film is a charming look at an autistic man who overcomes his mental deficiencies with the drive of his mother to successfully race in marathons around Korea. while this may sound like a conventional plot, the great performances by the actors playing the autistic man and his mother propel this film into thoughtful melodrama. the film is also based on the true story of a 21 year old korean man suffering from autism who has successfully won marathons in Korea with help from his mother.

marathon is the top film in Korea currently and a quick sweep of the korean video shops in nyc reveals that the dvds are ALWAYS sold out.

bring tissues to your screening, this is a major tear jerker worth seeing.

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Release Date:

27 January 2005 (South Korea) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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