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The way home (Jibeuro)

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Movie propaganda

The way home is the story of Sang-woo (Seung-ho Yu), a spoilt 7-year-old boy from the city, and his elderly grandmother, a deaf-mute who has spent her entire life in a small rural village. When Sang-woo's mother is forced to send him to live with his grandmother, Sang-woo is shocked at what he finds, he is confronted with isolation and archaic appliances for the first time in his life - a place with no electricity, indoor plumbing or access to fast food restaurants. Angry and confused, Sang-woo rejects his grandmother's attempts to please him. But, as time passes, the old woman's kindness begins to touch the young boy's heart awakening curiosity, understanding, and finally, love.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Korea drama

Persons of interest

  • Hyo-hee Dong
  • Eul-boon Kim
  • Kyung-hyun Min
  • Eun-kyung Yim
  • Seung-ho Yu .... Sang-woo
  • Jeong-hyang Lee .... Screenwriter
  • Jeong-hyang Lee .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

FYI: To fully realise her vision, finding the right location and right cast was of great importance and turned out to be quite a challenge for the director. "I insisted on keeping the shooting locations as original as possible and I wanted to hire local villagers as well," reflects Lee. "We shot the scenes pretty much in the original sequences so that the film would be as natural as possible." Nature is a key element to the film, Lee wanted to portray the grandmother as nature, one who gives life. The rest of the actors and extras were all cast on location. Lee wanted a realism that she felt was only possible by using actual people from the countryside, so actors and extras were all cast on location and were locals. By employing real villagers, she found retaining them for long periods of time was difficult. As the shooting continued and the seasons changed, many of them had to leave to work their farms during the harvest.

Security censorship classification

PG (Adult themes)

Surveillance time

85 minutes (1:25 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated 2003
DVD rental: 31 July 2003
VHS rental: 31 July 2003

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