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Rain Man meets Chariots of Fire in Jeong Yun Cheol's directorial debut Marathon, the box office hit that critics have dubbed "the feel-good movie of the year"! Also known by the alternative title Running Boy, this poignant human drama stars Cho Seung Woo (The Classic, Raging Years) as Cho Won, a twenty year old autistic man with a passion for running track.

Encouraged by his mom (television actress Kim Mi Sook in her first major film role), Cho Won begins to participate in small-scale races at the local level, all in preparation for the ultimate goal - competing in an actual marathon! To help him achieve his dreams, Cho Won's mother finds her son a track coach in the form of washed-up marathon champion Jeon Wook (The Quiet Family's Lee Ki Young). But can the bitter coach overcome his personal skepticism and give Cho Won the expert training he so desperately needs? The answer awaits you in Marathon, a heartwarming film that explores one boy's drive to succeed in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds!

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Product Title: Marathon 我的馬拉松 我的马拉松 マラソン (韓国版) 말아톤
Artist Name(s): Cho Seung Woo 曹承佑 曹承佑 チョ・スンウ 조 승우
Release Date: 2005-05-19
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 115 (mins)
Publisher: KD Media
Other Information: 2 DVDs
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003999690

Product Information

* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby Digital 5.1
* DVD Type : N/A
* Extras :
- 영화제작과정
- 삭제장면
- 웃음만발 뒷이야기
- 형진이야기
- 말아톤 관련 영상
- 감독 단편영화

* Director : 정윤철

얼룩말과 초코파이를 좋아하는, 겉보기엔 또래 아이들과 다른 것 하나 없는 귀엽고 사랑스럽기만 한 초원. 어느날 초원이는 자폐증이라는 청천벽력같은 진단을 받게 되고, 엄마 경숙은 감당할 수 없는 현실 앞에 좌절한다. 그러나 경숙은 초원이가 달리기에만큼은 정상인보다도 월등한 능력을 가지고 있음을 발견하고, 달릴 때만큼은 남들과 다르지 않은 아들의 모습에 희망을 갖고 꾸준히 훈련시킨다.

시간이 흘러 어느덧 20살 청년이 된 초원. 그러나 지능은 여전히 5살 수준에 머물고 있다. 모르는 사람 앞에서 아무렇지도 않게 방귀를 뀌어대고, 동생에겐 마치 선생님 대하듯 깍듯이 존댓말을 쓰고, 음악만 나오면 아무데서나 특유의 막춤을 선보이기 일쑤이니, 어딜 가든 초원이가 있는 곳은 시끄러워지기 마련이다. 하는 짓이나 말투는 영락없는 5살 어린애이지만 어린 시절부터 꾸준히 해온 달리기 실력만큼은 여전히 최고인 초원. 경숙은 자신의 목표를 ‘초원의 마라톤 서브쓰리 달성’으로 정하고 아들의 훈련에만 매달린다.

어느날 세계대회에서 1등을 한 전력도 있는 전직 유명 마라토너 정욱이 음주운전으로 사회봉사 명령을 받고 초원의 학교로 오게 된다. 경숙은 애원하다시피 해서 기어이 정욱에게 아들의 코치 역할을 떠맡긴다. 도무지 속을 알 수 없는 초원을 성가시게만 생각했던 정욱. 하지만 초원과 함께 시간을 보낼수록 그는 아이같이 순수하고 솔직한 초원에게 조금씩 동화되어 가고, 초원도 정욱에게 마음을 열기 시작한다. 정욱은 매번 속도조절에 실패해 지쳐 쓰러지기는 하지만 지구력이 남다른 초원에게서 마라톤 서브쓰리의 가능성을 발견하고 본격적으로 훈련에 들어간다.

한편 불성실하게만 보이는 정욱이 도통 미덥지 않은 경숙은 어느날 정욱과 말다툼을 벌이게 된다. “‘자식 사랑과 집착을 착각하지 말라”는 정욱의 말에 아무 대꾸도 할 수 없는 경숙. 경숙은 정욱의 말대로 이제껏 ’좋다’, ‘싫다’는 의사 표현도 할 줄 모르는 아이를 자신의 욕심 때문에 혹사시키고 있는 것이 아닌가 싶은 생각을 떨쳐버릴 수가 없다. 이제껏 쌓아온 모든 것이 무너져 내린 듯한 기분의 경숙. 그녀는 이제 마라톤도, 서브쓰리도 모두 포기하기로 마음먹는데...
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June 6, 2005

Marathon marks the feature film directorial debut of Jeong Yun Cheol, and what a debut it is! The buzz started to pick up at the film's initial press screening when it received thunderous applause from the normally reticent South Korean press. Although Marathon opened in second place behind Another Public Enemy, it would not stay in that position for long. From there, thanks to positive word-of-mouth from satisfied audiences, the film went on to dominate the local box office for a staggering nine week run with over five million in tickets sold by the end of its release. If that weren't enough, Marathon swept the 42nd Daejong (Grand Bell) Film Festival, earning six awards, including the coveted Best Picture honor. Marathon has a lot going for it in the way of critical and box office success, but is it really that good? Short answer: yes.

Also known as Running Boy, this poignant human drama tells the story of the relationship between a young autistic man named Cho Won (Cho Seung Woo) and his doting mother, Kyong Sook (Kim Mi Sook). Although Cho Won may be twenty years old, he has little more than a childlike understanding of the world. Believing that he enjoys running, Kyong Sook enters Cho Won into a variety of races, and soon decides that her son should compete in a marathon, hoping he'll achieve something every amateur runner dreams of: completing the race in less than three hours. But are these high ambitions for her son's benefit or her own? Does Cho Won truly enjoy running or has he been "trained" to agree with his mother's demands?

The film rests on the capable shoulders of Cho Seung Woo, who quite convincingly portrays the autistic Cho Won. Apparently, he met with Bae Hyung Jin, the real life inspiration for the movie, observing his every gesture to make sure his depiction was as authentic as humanly possible. In his portrayal, Cho Seung Woo's voice, his actions, and his behaviors in depicting an autistic person all ring true. Cho Seung Woo never seems to be "acting" as Cho Won, and instead is an instantly believable character.

While the film tackles the social realities of being mentally challenged in South Korean society, it's not entirely done from Cho Won's perspective. Instead of focusing solely on the child, the film also explores the effects autism can have on a family, particularly in the way a mother's "favoritism" for her special child can have disastrous consequences for the family unit. Early on, there's a sense that Kyong Sook has driven off her husband, and her neglect of her other son has caused a sizeable rift between them. Furthermore, a comment Kyong Sook makes about hoping she dies the day after Cho Won, which is meant to convey how much he needs her, takes on added significance as the narrative progresses. Exactly who needs who?

Although punctuated with humor and poignancy, the first three quarters of the film feel more like they exist solely to lay the foundation for the finale. That's not necessarily a criticism, but more an explanation of how the film works. It's as if we are asked to spend time with these characters and get to know them, while under our noses, the director is setting up some very interesting groundwork. And while the general idea of what will happen in that finale is perhaps wholly predictable, the way in which it is executed is so beautifully shot and staged, that it genuinely tugs on the heart strings. Rather than go overboard with tears and histrionics, the director instead utilizes small gestures or even a smile to affect his audience. Suddenly, certain sights, sounds, and actions make their return in a montage that, while technically hallucinatory, feels triumphant and even poetic, allowing Marathon to earn every one of its emotional beats. It may sound cheesy, but Marathon is the kind of film that will run away with your heart.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.8 out of 10 (4)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.9 out of 10 (7)

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June 7, 2007

This customer review refers to Marathon (Hong Kong Version)
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EXCELLENT! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
i loved this movie... it was absolutely heart felt and funny and perfect! what made it even better was that it's a true story! all the acting was great and it was amazing! it's really hard to explain how much i liked this movie because the right words just wont come out... but i do highly recommend this movie to anybody... even people like me who like commedies and dont watch a lot of drama tear-esque movies... the whole movie was great and definitely worth buying!
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May 2, 2006

This customer review refers to Marathon (2-Disc Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
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fantastic movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
best movie i've seen yet so far :] this movie is funny, inspirational, and touching. Cho Seung Woo did an excellent job portraying his charater.
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August 29, 2005

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good movie Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
the film's subject didn't attract me too much at first - more on the artsy side for my taste, but it was such a hit at the box office. i watched the trailer, and then i wanted to see it. Cho Seung-Woo was just adorable playing the autistic young man with the mind of a 5 year old, and it was based on a true story. good film and great performance by the actors (Cho-won and his mom). if you like those kind of films (human triumph type), then it's a definite must see.
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July 12, 2005

This customer review refers to Marathon Collector's Edition + OST
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Best Actor Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This film attracted 5 million Korean to the cinema and up till now ranks first in Korea box office. By this film Cho Seung Woo won the Best Actor Award in 100 Sang Award and Dae Jong Award. Marathon also won a lot of other awards in these Award Ceremony e.g. best script, best new director, best movie, best production company. I bought this dvd because of Cho Seung Woo. Cho Seung Woo always willing to take up challenging roles in movies and musicals and his performance never fails me. This time CSW is an autistic boy who loves running. This is a heart warming movie and there are many scenes that touch the bottom of my heart. You will smile and share the joy of Cho Won or cry because he is sad. In 1 scene, it's raining and coach and Cho Won rest at the bench. Coach held out his hand to reach the rain and Cho Won did so too (autistic boys often imitate the other's act). Thinking that CW would imitate his act, coach stretched his leg into the rain (turned wet)... but CW remained sitting looking here and there without stretching his leg out... coach had no fun and pulled his leg back. Haaa this autistic boy is quite 'wity'. I watched it with other friends and all of them like this movie very much, though of different reasons. It's a film highly recommended to audience of all age.
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July 11, 2005

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This movie will cross all borders, it has universa Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Marathon" is what I expect from a Korean movie, to make me feel uncomfortable to the point of wanting to turn the movie off but not being able to. I watched "Marathon" this weekend and it was excellent! When I was watching it I had no idea the movie was based on the true life story of Bae Hyung-jin, an autistic young Korean man. I didn't learn this until the very end of the movie when they state that the movie was based on a true life story. Finding that out that the movie was based on an actual person made this movie even more inspirational! I strongly suggest that you buy the DVD so that you can watch the 2nd disc where you get to see Bae Hyung-jin who the movie is based on.
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