The Way Home
"This movie was hyped, a lot. But simply put, it lived up to the hype."
The Way Home (2002)
Director: Lee Jeong-Hyang
Producer: Heo Jae-Cheol
Cast: Kim Eul-Bun (Kim Eul-Boon), Yu Seong-Ho (Yoo Seung-Ho), Dong Hyo-Hui, Min Kyeong-Hun
Running Time: 88 min.
Plot: A 7-year-old boy leaves his big-city life to spend time with his grandmother. At first, he resents her simple ways and misses the modern conveniences of his every day life. But eventually the two learn to live in harmony and the boy learns to love her.
Availability: This title is available at HKflix.com
EQUINOX21'S REVIEW: This movie was hyped, a lot. But simply put, it lived up to the hype. It's about a 7-year-old boy, Sang-woo (Yu Seung-ho), whose mother is forced to give him to his mute grandmother to look after while she looks for a job in the city. He hates this idea, and doesn't like the grandmother he never knew. He starts out his stay simply ignoring her; he then goes on to torment her, by hiding her shoes and taking her hairpin. Grandma takes it all in stride, never getting angry, and overall being very patient with the little brat. As she continues to do things for him, and take all his punishment, she starts to grow on him. He starts doing little things for her, but acts like it's such a nuisance. Sprinkled in there is his crush on a local village girl and his strained friendship with a local boy.
There are so many great moments in this movie, it's hard not to like it. There are two that really stuck out, however for the sake of keeping this spoiler free, I won't elaborate too much. The first that I really liked was when Grandma got a cold. She got the cold from going in the rain to get Sang-woo a chicken because he wanted some "Kentucky Chicken". When she came down with the cold, you could see that he really did care, and did want to help her feel better. This was quite touching, as to that point he hadn't really showed a whole lot of care, so it was nice to see that he was beginning to love his grandmother. The other came near the end, and I'll simply leave it as having to do with the batteries he wanted.
This is a very simple movie, just dealing with a kid getting to know and love his grandma, but it's really good! I can pretty much guarantee that your eyes will well up at least ONCE while watching this movie. Watch this movie then go call your grandmother and tell her how much you love her!
EQUINOX21'S RATING: 9.5/10