The Way Home


The Way Home Review

The titular way home involves a long bus ride through Korea. If you have a Game Boy, it isn't bad. If your batteries are dead and you're headed to grandma's, who doesn't even have electricity or running water, it just might suck.

Our bratty, seven-year-old protagonist (Seung-ho Yu) finds himself in just such a predicament, stuck with his deaf and mute grandmother (the incredibly expressive Eul-boon Kim) while mom looks for work in Seoul. Young Sang-Woo isn't having any of it. He ignores his grandma, letting her clean around him as he lies on his mat. But even a twit like he can't stay immune to his kind-hearted grandmother's soulfulness. She takes the abuse, offers him love. Turning the other cheek is awfully pathetic when you can't speak at all. Yeesh.

Eventually Sang-Woo sees the error of his ways, going so far as to offer grandma a postcard with a favorite robot on it when he finally leaves. And that's about it. The simplicity of The Way Home has few equals this side of Aesop, a wisp of a movie (at 88 minutes) that nearly floats away before your eyes.

Aka Jibeuro.

Facts and Figures

Run time: 80 mins

In Theaters: Friday 5th April 2002

Box Office USA: $0.2M

Distributed by: Paramount Classics

Reviews 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Fresh: 42 Rotten: 14

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

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