Ode to my Father

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As a child, Deok-Su loses his father and youngest sister while escaping from a war-torn North Korea. Left only with the ripped sleeve of his sister's dress, he has little hope to ever see his family reunited again. When Deok-Su and his remaining family members arrive in the southern port city of Busan, they are taken in by their aunt, the owner of a small shop inside the bustling Gukje Market (also the original Korean name of the film). While he, his mother, and his younger siblings struggle to eke out a living as war refugees, Deok-Su never forgets the weighty promise he made to his father--to always protect this family. (C) CJ Entertainment


Critic Reviews for Ode to my Father

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

  • Tugging shamelessly yet persuasively on the heartstrings, "Ode to My Father" is an epic South Korean melodrama capturing more than half a century of recent history through the eyes of an everyman shopkeeper.

    Jan 8, 2015 | Full Review…
  • "Ode to My Father" may have slain them in South Korea, but its packaged pain and bullet-point structure are likely to leave Western audiences cold.

    Jan 8, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Everything is lathered with a syrupy, string-laden musical score designed to gnaw at a viewer's tear ducts. It's about as subtle as having an off-screen narrator yell "Start crying!" before big scenes, and probably as effective.

    Jan 8, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Hwang is excellent in his portrayal of the selfless everyday man. Lost alumnus Kim Yun Jin, who plays Deok Soo's wife, is amazing too.

    Sep 20, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's too bad the treatment of Capt. LaRue will likely put off those who are familiar with him as a historical figure, because the work of Hwang and Oh give Ode real heart.

    May 30, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Heartwarming, brilliantly acted and unexpectedly funny, Ode to My Father is an epic odyssey through Korean history that feels so personal, it is impossible not to be engrossed in the emotion of the story.

    Jan 10, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ode to my Father

  • Feb 14, 2015
    I deeply admire what Youn Jk wants to say with this moving, compelling story, I only find it a pity that he tries too hard to draw a strong emotional response from the viewer and cares too much about the aesthetics of his film as though he's eager to show that there is a director behind it.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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