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:
Gil-Byung Chae Gil-Byung Chae ... 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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Storyline

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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Drama

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Very Moving
8 June 2010 | by razmatazernSee all my reviews

Treeless Mountain was an interesting look into the lives of two Korean children that were abandoned by their mother.

It was neat seeing the emotions and perspective from Jin and Bin's eyes. The determination to succeed at their quest of getting their mother back to them was touching. I found myself rooting for the girls and hoping that their mother would actually come back for them once they filled the piggy bank. I really enjoyed watching the progress of the piggy bank, and the creative ideas that Jin would come up with to fill it up as fast as they could.

The young actress that plays Jin (Hee Yeon-Kim) did a really good job expressing all the emotions and portraying her character very well. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film, and I would definitely recommend it.


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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

USA | South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

27 August 2009 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Treeless Mountain See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,014, 26 April 2009

Gross USA:

$60,336

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,023
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