The Way Home
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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 7, 2017
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - Korean
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Eul-boon Kim & Seung-ho Yoo|
|Directed by||Jeong-hyang Lee|
|Screenwriting by||Jeong-hyang Lee|
Rating: 3/5 -- The pace is slow, the message none too subtle and the boy barely tolerable. But the film is still better than the mainstream run of movies from Hollywood.
...THE WAY HOME is simplicity itself, and Lee is alert to the details and incidents of everyday life to sustain the film with wryly amusing observations and much affection....A loving little film of considerable appeal...
Los Angeles Times
...Lee has invested a great deal of autobiographical currency in the film -- emotionally if not literally -- and the result is appropriately resonant...
Rating: C -- The film is meant to be simple and charming. Unfortunately, it's simple and boring.
Rating: B+ -- Both heartbreaking and heartwarming...just a simple fable done in an artless sytle, but it's tremendously moving. Full Review
One Guy's Opinion
Rating: B+ -- Writer/director Jeong-hyang Lee, in only her second feature, establishes a situation rife with gentle humor and honest, unaffected love. Full Review
Rating: 2.5/4 -- The film has good actors and enough quirky moments to keep it interesting. Full Review
This subtle and bucolic Korean film is "dedicated to all grandmas" by its director Jeong-hyang Lee. The story concerns bratty, selfish seven-year-old Sang-Woo (Seung-Ho Yoo) who is sent out into the mountains to live with his ancient, mute, partially deaf grandmother (Eul-Boon Kim) while his stressed-out single mom looks for work back in the city. Angry and resentful, the boy is bored with his new life of simple food, sleeping on the floor in a one-room hut, and having nowhere to buy batteries for his dying handheld video game. Eventually Grandma's humble patience and unconditional love get through to him, and there's plenty of space for comic vignettes and moving moments of stillness along the way. The boy's hyper world of candy and toys contrasts with grandma's slow, natural environment and allows for contemplation on our rapidly changing culture. This is the second film from Ms. Lee, whose cast consists largely of inexperienced locals from the village where she shot the film. Eul-Boon Kim is a particularly amazing discovery as the grandmother; she had never even seen a movie before being cast.
- Theatrical Release: NOVEMBER 15, 2002 (NY/LA)