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: B+ -- Eul-Boon Kim's soulful portrayal of the illiterate, deaf-mute grandmother illuminates the dignity of her demeanor and the sad resignation in her eyes. Full Review
Dallas Morning News
Rating: 3.5/5 -- The simplicity of The Way Home has few equals this side of Aesop
...[Kim Eul-boon] is a real natural...
Rating: 2.5/4 -- A sentimental hybrid that could benefit from the spice of specificity.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...Lee has invested a great deal of autobiographical currency in the film -- emotionally if not literally -- and the result is appropriately resonant...
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Jeong-Hyang Lee's film is deceptively simple, deeply satisfying.
...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
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)