Jibeuro (original title)
PG | 1h 20min | Drama | 5 April 2002 (South Korea)
Seven-year-old Sang-woo is left with his grandmother in a remote village while his mother looks for work. Born and raised in the city, Sang-woo quickly comes into conflict with his old-fashioned grandmother and his new rural surroundings. Disrespectful and selfish, Sang-woo lashes out in anger, perceiving that he has been abandoned. He trades his grandmother’s only treasure for a video game; he throws his food and he throws tantrums. When Sang-woo’s mother finds work and finally returns for him, Sang-woo has become a different boy. Through his grandmother’s boundless patience and devotion, he learns to embrace empathy, humility and the importance of family.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated PG for mild thematic elements and language
i am not an easy sell on movies. many things can strike a sour note and put me off a little bit. but i rate this movie 10 on every count. it is excellent in story, characterization, cinematography–but all of those words pull me away from what i truly want to say about The Way Home. it is beautiful on a level that few movies are. most movies that attempt the type of emotional beauty that this one does end up a bit cheesy, a bit cliché, and i am not able to take them seriously.
The Way Home simply lays out the struggle of a young boy and the quiet resilience of his grandmother, and here weeks later when i think of it i feel joy.
Director: Jeong-hyang Lee
Writer: Jeong-hyang Lee
Stars: Seung-ho Yoo, Eul-boon Kim, Hyo-hee Dong
Country: South Korea
Release Date: 5 April 2002 (South Korea)
Filming Locations: Jeetongma, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea