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Ode to My Father (2014)

Gukjesijang (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 17 December 2014 (South Korea)
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Amid the time of Korean War, a young boy's vow to take care of his family marked the beginning of a lifelong promise spanning 60 years.

Director:

JK Youn

Writer:

Su-jin Park (as Soo-jin Park)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jung-min Hwang ... Yoon, Duk-soo
Yunjin Kim ... Youngja
Dal-su Oh ... Dal-gu
Jin-young Jung ... Yoon, Jin-gyu
Young-nam Jang Young-nam Jang ... Mother
Mi-ran Ra Mi-ran Ra ... Aunt Kkotbun
Seul-gi Kim ... Kketsun (as Seul-ki Kim)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stella Choe Stella Choe ... Maksoon
Jesse Day Jesse Day ... American Soldier
Yunho Jung Yunho Jung ... Nam Jin
Min-jae Kim ... Yoon, Dojoo
István Medvigy István Medvigy ... Maksoon's Husband
Inho Tae Inho Tae ... Yoon, Kijoo
Teresa Trnková Teresa Trnková ... German Nurse
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Storyline

Amid the chaos of refugees fleeing the Korean War in December 1950, a young boy, Duk-soo, sees his fate change in the blink of an eye when he loses track of his younger sister and he leaves his father behind to find her. Settling in Busan, Duk-soo devotes himself to his remaining family, working all manner of odd jobs to support them in place of his father. His dedication leads him first to the deadly coal mines of Germany, where he meets his first love, Youngja, and then to war-torn Vietnam in this generational epic about one man's personal sacrifices. Written by CJ Entertainment

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English | German

Release Date:

17 December 2014 (South Korea) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Busan, South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,320, 2 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,300,121

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,365,782
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Company Credits

Production Co:

JK FILMS See more »
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For its North American run, the film premiered in Los Angeles on December 31, 2014 where it drew over 6,000 viewers after four days of release, mostly first-generation Korean-American immigrants in their fifties and older. Beginning January 9, 2015, it expanded to 43 US and Canadian cities such as New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver. See more »

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Remade as Bharat (2019) See more »

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The story of pain and happiness in the cruelly changing world
5 August 2017 | by Kentaro11See all my reviews

The film is the story of a guy born right before Korea war in 1950s and grew up and struggled in the country. The situation around him is harsh and cruel due to the drastically changing world affair. However he lives his life with lots of small but invaluable moments with his beloved family and friends. I was deeply touched by how strongly he is living everyday life. The beauty of connection of family is also impressive and moving.


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