THE WAY HOME Add To My Top 10

The Power of Love

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Release Date: November 15, 2002

Starring: Kim Eul-Boon, Yoo Seung-Ho, Min Kyung-Hoon, Yim Eun-Kyung, and Dong Hyo-Hee

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older children to adults

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 84 minutes

Distributor: Paramount Classics

Director: Lee Jeong-hyang

Executive Producer: Kim Seung-Beom

Producer: Whang Woo-Hyun and Whang Jae-Woo

Writer: Lee Jeong-hyang

Address Comments To:

David Dinerstein & Ruth Vitale, Co-Presidents
Paramount Classics
5555 Melrose Avenue
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Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: (323) 956-2000
Fax: (323) 862-1012
Website: www.paramountclassics.com

Content:

(BBB, L, M) Very strong moral worldview that extols the power of unconditional love and redemption, especially in a family setting and encourages forgiveness and humility while showing that man’s nature is evil not good; three obscenities spoken by rebellious, spoiled young boy to his grandmother; and, very disrespectful attitude of boy towards his grandmother, which is rebuked and discouraged, and boy is shown going to the bathroom twice (in a familial way).


Summary:

THE WAY HOME is a sweet story of redemption written and directed by award winning Korean filmmaker Lee Jeong-hyang. Set in the countryside of Korea, the movie addresses the relationship between seven-year old Sang-Woo and his grandmother, as she struggles to win over his selfish nature with unconditional love.


Review:

THE WAY HOME is a sweet story of redemption written and directed by award-winning Korean filmmaker Lee Jeong-hyang. Set in the countryside of Korea, the film addresses the relationship between seven-year old Sang-Woo (Yoo Seung-Hoo) and his grandmother (Kim Eul-Boon) when his mother leaves him with his grandmother while she tries to find work.
Raised in Seoul, Sang-Woo is a selfish, spoiled child who does not respect his grandmother’s home, ability (she is mute) and her care for him. He refuses to eat her food, help her around their home and even makes her life more difficult. Yet, despite his insolence, she continues to love him and try to take care of him.
Through an entertaining and heart-wrenching series of events, Sang-Woo tries to run away from his grandmother’s attention. He epitomizes that the heart of man is sinful and selfish, only caring for his own desires. For example, when he tells his grandmother that he wants Kentucky Fried Chicken, she walks to the village, buys a chicken, kills and boils it – only to have him cry and scream that it is not the real thing.
This story is reminiscent of one of the parables that Jesus used to teach His followers. Sang-Woo typifies Mankind, who, due to his sinful nature, rejects God despite God’s continuous overtures of love and kindness. Ultimately, because His love is unconditional, God’s “kindness leads us to repentance.” This repentant heart finally comes to Sang-Woo in a touching scene, which captures the audience and the essence of the film.
Overall, this film has a message and heart that transcends any culture and needs to be seen in the midst of an American culture that flaunts dysfunction as a marketable form of entertainment. Though somewhat slow in the middle due to the lack of dialogue, the scenery and characters are very genuine and captivate the viewer. Writer and director Lee Jeong-hyang does a tremendous job in telling this beautiful story, especially since she used only first-time actors. If you can get an opportunity to see this beautiful story, it will capture your heart and give you a greater appreciation of God’s love for the world.


In Brief:

THE WAY HOME is a sweet story of redemption written and directed by award-winning Korean filmmaker Lee Jeong-hyang. Set in the countryside of Korea, the film addresses the relationship between seven-year old Sang-Woo and his grandmother, as she struggles to win him over with unconditional love despite his selfishness. Through an entertaining and heart-wrenching series of events, Sang-Woo tries to run away from his grandmother’s affection. The little boy finally comes to his senses with an ending that pulls the heartstrings of the audience.



This movie has a message and heart that transcends any culture. It presents a marked contrast to a Western culture that flaunts dysfunction as a marketable form of entertainment. Though somewhat slow in the middle, the scenery and characters are very genuine and draw in the viewer. Writer and director Lee Jeong-hyang does a tremendous job in telling this beautiful story. Reminiscent of the parables of Jesus, THE WAY HOME is a beautiful story of redemption and the power of love and forgiveness. If you get an opportunity to see this beautiful story, it will capture your heart and give you a greater appreciation of God’s love for the world