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The Way Home
The Way Home
Actors: Seung-ho Yu, Eul-boon Kim, Hyo-hee Dong, Kyung-hyun Min, Eun-kyung Yim
Director: Jeong-hyang Lee
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
PG     2003     1hr 20min

Quietly unfolding like a sweet and simple fable, The Way Home is a touching, award-winning film about the common bonds that emerge between distant generations. Directed with delicate compassion by Jyong-Hyang Lee, it's the...  more »


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Actors: Seung-ho Yu, Eul-boon Kim, Hyo-hee Dong, Kyung-hyun Min, Eun-kyung Yim
Director: Jeong-hyang Lee
Creators: Hong-shik Yoon, Jeong-hyang Lee, Jae-beom Kim, Sang-Beom Kim, Jae-Cheol Heo, Jae-woo Whang, Seung-beom Kim, Woo-hyun Whang
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/06/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: Korean
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Oh, man! Do NOT miss this wonderful film
Peggy Vincent | Oakland, CA | 01/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While trying to find a self-supporting job, a stressed-out single mom leaves her 7yo son with his grandmother, a crippled, horribly bent-over, backwards living, ancient crone who lives in a dilapidated hut in the middle of a mountainous rural area. Not only that: she's mute. The boy arrives with battery-operated video toys, spoiled, demanding, and scornful of his grandmother, her home, his surroundings. She, in turn, is stoic, uncomplaining, forgiving, bestowing unconditional love on the truly unlikeable kid.
Slowly, as the movie unfolds, the boy learns love and respect.
An amazing film, made more so by the fact that the old woman essentially plays herself. Not only had she never acted in a film before; she'd never even SEEN one.
Another stellar import from Korea!
Hansol Lee | 12/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sure, "The Way Home" is an overly sentimental tear-jerker, yet I absolutely loved it! The story, while predictable, really touches you deep in the heart, and it's easy to see how this went on to become one of the biggest box-office hits in Korean movie history. It's a universal story that everyone can relate to, though being a Korean certainly helps. It's also one of the funniest movies I've seen this year -- I'm still cracking up thinking about some of the scenes."
Real and beautiful
audrey | 11/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is shot as if you are there...little music and many times with only sounds of footsteps and rain as the score. The deaf and mute grandmother shows her love not by voice, but by her actions which slowly cracks the little spoiled boy's shell. By feeling so much emotion just by watching a woman who doesn't say a word shows how powerful this movie is. I cried for an hour after watching this, especially replaying the last scene of farewell in my head. I could not stop wondering "what happened next?" even weeks after. True storytelling about unconditional love and a treasure of a movie."
Quiet, beautiful film
audrey | white mtns | 03/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A loud, careless seven-year old city boy is left with his ancient country grandmother for several weeks while his mother looks for work in Seoul. This story is the slow developing of a relationship between the two, as the woman takes any abuse the boy gives with quiet patience and the boy gradually comes to respect and even love her.The shots are quite beautiful, with visuals often communicating as much as the words, and the setting in the countryside of South Korea is lovely.I thoroughly enjoyed the film as well as learning a bit about the country. DVD extras are non-existent. The film can be heard in Korean with optional English subtitles."