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Treeless Mountain (2008)

Na-moo-eobs-neun san (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 27 August 2009 (South Korea)
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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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So Yong Kim (as So-yong Kim)

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

Korean

Release Date:

27 August 2009 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,014, 26 April 2009

Gross USA:

$60,336

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,023
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Lives unblessed
18 February 2012 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Perhaps the first duty of a parent is to make their children believe that their lives are blessed, until they're old enough to deal with the fact that they are not. 'Treeless Mountain' may be slight, but it's pregnant with the horror implicit in its story of two young children abandoned by their mother. Director So Yong-Kim gets some beautiful performances from his very young cast (especially Hee-yeon Kim, who plays the older girl), there's a touch of eastern exoticism for the western audience (grasshoppers for dinner, anyone?), a treatment of poverty both sensitive and realistic, and in the end, a gleam of hope through the pain.


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