Allyssa Lee
May 09, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Way Home

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
85 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/15/02
performer
Yoo Seung-ho, Hyo-hee Dong, Eul-boon Kim
director
Lee Jeong-Hyang
distributor
Paramount Classics
author
Yoo Seung-ho
genre
Foreign Language

We gave it a B+

A formulaic but ultimately sweet story of a city boy (Yoo) forced to live with his grandmother (Kim) in the Korean countryside. Not surprisingly, the bratty kid ends up learning a thing or two from his seemingly simple forebear (to the movie’s credit, the sappiness is kept to a minimum). As the petulant youth, Yoo hits all the right notes, but it is Kim who maintains the emotional center: Her mute, hunched character’s unconditional care for the ungrateful 7-year-old is, in a word, heartbreaking.

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