The Way Home (Jibeuro) (2002)
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. … More
- PG (for mild thematic elements and language)
- Art House & International , Drama
- Directed By:
- Lee Jung-hyang , Jeong-hyang Lee
- Written By:
- Lee Jung-hyang , Jeong-hyang Lee
- In Theaters:
- Nov 15, 2002 Limited
- On DVD:
- May 6, 2003
- Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for The Way Home (Jibeuro)
Thanks to confident filmmaking and a pair of fascinating performances, the way to that destination is a really special walk in the woods.
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.
The film has good actors and enough quirky moments to keep it interesting.
The film is meant to be simple and charming. Unfortunately, it's simple and boring.
"The Way Home" is a commercial film that offers no cultural exchange, yet the silent performance of Eul-boon Kim enforces a visual storytelling style and both of these elements are strong even though "The Way Home" ultimately disappoints.
A sentimental hybrid that could benefit from the spice of specificity.
Both heartbreaking and heartwarming...just a simple fable done in an artless sytle, but it's tremendously moving.
Writer/director Jeong-hyang Lee, in only her second feature, establishes a situation rife with gentle humor and honest, unaffected love.
[The kid's] selfishness is difficult to watch at times, but if you have patience on the level of Granny's, the payoff is big.
It's so good that you can practically see the Hollywood 'suits' trying to put together the cast and filmmaking team for the all-too -inevitable American remake.
So saccharine, I'm not sure I'd be able to take it under normal conditions.
Has the rare capability to soothe and break your heart with a single stroke.
As a tearjerker this works pretty well, though long before it gets to work on your tear ducts, it starts to eat away at your nerves.
[The kid's] just too bratty for sympathy, and as the film grows to its finale, his little changes ring hollow.
Audience Reviews for The Way Home (Jibeuro)
This is a really nice movie, but the little boy in this was so obnoxious, I was waiting for grandma too wack him with her walking stick...yet she never did. I kept waiting for that moment when the kid redeemed himself for all the nasty things that he did to her, but it wasn't until the very end where he ALMOST did. Still not sure that I forgive him, but all in all the movie was quite enjoyable to watch.More
A heart warming story, but very drawn out. Because of the Grandmother being mute and most of the dialogue coming from the Grandson, this almost comes across the way a silent movie would in that you take more notice of the visual things.
A kind of cute, but serious film, but very drawn out.
A sweet and gentle film. The little kid is an absolute prick and you want to slap him, but of course it makes the journey of each character even better. It's a sweet and simple tale of family and is just a big smily watch.More
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