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Hearty Paws (2006)

Ma-eum-i... (original title)
A young boy steals a puppy for his younger sister's 6th birthday.


Eun-Hyung Park


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Credited cast:
Kil-kang Ahn ... (as Kil-Kang Ahn)
Dal-i Dal-i ... The Dog
Min-a Jeong Min-a Jeong
Dong-Young Kim Dong-Young Kim
Hyang-gi Kim ... So-i
Joo-Hoo Kim Joo-Hoo Kim
Nan-Hee Kim Nan-Hee Kim ... Mother
Yeong-Hwa Seo Yeong-Hwa Seo ... Aunt
Yeong-jin Shin Yeong-jin Shin
Seung-ho Yoo ... Chan (as Seung Ho Yoo)


Hearty Paws is a heartwarming tale of a family broken down to a brother, his young sister and a dog that they adopt into the family on the sister's sixth birthday. They face many hardships and the brother finds himself in a heartbreaking, traumatizing loss. He blames this on his dog and finds his way to his abandoner mother, not realizing that the dog was the one true family that would never leave him. The subplots and sadness outlines this movie. It is definitely one of the best, heart warming movies I have ever seen and definitely recommend to EVERYONE who is in the position to have your heart won over by this beautiful tale and dog. A truly beautiful tale. Written by Jina Kim

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South Korea



Release Date:

15 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heart Is... See more »


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$2,300,000 (estimated)
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Fineworks, Golden Village See more »
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Followed by Ma-eum-i Doo-beon-jjae I-ya-gi (2010) See more »

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Must watch for everyone who needs a piece of Love
4 February 2013 | by netbharathSee all my reviews

This is the first Korean movie I have seen. And, this made me a lover of Korean movies.

The way the bond between the Dog and the Boy is shown is fantastic right from the scene where the Boy gifts the puppy to his Sister. The Director scores in every scene particularly in the scene where the Boy finds the drawing book of his Sister's.

The emotional fight and the reunion between the Boy and Dog pulls up your feelings.I really cried when they united as if the Boy was me and it's my own Dog.

It makes me cry when the Boy cries holding his Dog in the final scene. Although, the movie finishes up with a light mood giving you a good feeling behind those tears.

If you're gonna watch one movie of the kind 'Love between Men and Animals', then this be it.

A must watch for all those who feels for an another life.

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