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The Way Home... (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Kim Eul Boon (Actor) | Yoo Seung Ho (Actor)
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The Way Home... (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Seven-year-old Sang-woo (Yoo Seung Ho) is dropped off by his mother at his grandparent's home in the countryside during the summer vacation. The little boy has to get used to his new living environment, which is totally different from that in the city. His grandmother is too old to utter any understandable words and the village she lives in, even though free from any man-made pollution, does not have any bus connections. After Sang Woo's pocket video game runs out of batteries, he has no alternative but to communicate with his grandmother. At first they hardly get along at all, but as time goes by the boy learns to accept and appreciate his grandparent.
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Product Title: The Way Home... (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 愛.回家 (香港版) 爱.回家 (香港版) おばあちゃんの家(Overseas Version) The Way Home... (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Kim Eul Boon (Actor) | Yoo Seung Ho (Actor) 金乙粉 (Actor) | 俞承豪 (Actor) 金乙粉 (Actor) | 俞承豪 (Actor) Kim Eul Boon (Actor) | ユ・スンホ (Actor) 김을분 (Actor) | 유승호 (Actor)
Release Date: 2002-12-23
Language: Cantonese, Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.77 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: I
Duration: 88 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002468470

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主演:金乙粉╱俞承豪
導演:李廷香

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  溫馨樸實、口碑滿瀉;感動全球觀眾心!

  城市小男孩成佑被母親送到山區貧村,暫時由又老又啞的外婆照顧。男孩必須有電視、遊戲機、漢堡包和肯德基炸雞作伴,到了窮苦山村只有壞掉的電視、山溪和那一畦畦的菜田,更不幸的是遊戲機的電池也用光了,成佑竟偷了外婆的髮針去換電池,卻又迷了路,累得外婆一直在路旁等候。外婆那默默無言的付出與關懷,令驕生慣養的成佑逐漸逐漸明白到愛的意義,更與外婆建立起一段感人的關係……

  An homage to all the grandmothers in the world……

  This is the story of a 7-year-old boy, "Sang-woo", born and raised in the big city, and his mute grandmother, who has spent her whole life in a small rural village. Being a city boy who used to the benefits and luxuries of the modern world, Sang-woo comes into conflict with a person whose soul is so close to nature. Although Sang-woo hated his grandmother at first, he is moved by her at the end. But it is the tie that Sang-woo has to return to the city……


﹡Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround

﹡16:9

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Professional Review of "The Way Home... (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

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June 27, 2007

The Way Home is the second highest grossed movie in Korea in 2002. Without a recognizable cast and a running time that lasts under 90 minutes, one may wonder, what is so special about this movie?

The plotline is very simple, it is all about this seven year old kid and his seventy seven years old grandmother. Sang-woo (Yoo Seung-Ho) stays in her grandmother's home in the rural area for two months. A spoiled kid from the city is forced to dwell in a place that has no television or any entertainment, you can expect how hard it is for him to adapt to this new environment. Moreover, his grandmother is mute, which makes it harder for them to communicate. The theme of the story is obvious, it aims at telling us the importance of love through the interaction of the kid and his granny. Not only should we value our elder family members, we should also learn how to appreciate the beauty of nature. The austere and primitive life in the rural area may seem dull at first glance, but if you try to sit back and relax, you will be able to discover the preciousness of nature and simplicity .

Seriously speaking, the subject matter of this movie is not very peculiar. It has been used in many mainland films before. The script also lacks any dramatic tension, as well as an ending that is more or less predictable. What is good about this film is the authentic depiction of the life of the characters. Different from its tear-jerking counterparts, this movie does not contain any hackneyed plot twist at all. Director Lee Jung-hyang employs a documentary style to survey the two protagonists. Routine activities like cooking and hair trimming are well captured that stir up some funny moments. The most important thing is that, you won't feel that the actors are trying to "act out" their parts, they just perform so natural and real. It is this freshness and authenticity that move the audience gradually.

The two protagonists of this film, Kim Eul-boon and Yoo Seung-ho, are non-professional actors. Fortunately, their inexperience do not hinder them to perform brilliantly, especially Kim Eul-boon, her stony face suits the role of the mute grandmother perfectly. The only part that bothers me is the behavior of the grandson. What he does is quite annoying, but Yoo Seung-ho is really a beloved kid, when you see him smiling innocently, you will forgive all his mischief.

Apparently, The Way Home does not have a very dramatic story, but I would not be too surprised to see that it was welcomed by the audience in Korea, as Korean audiences are always more receptive than Hong Kong, America or even Japanese viewers. Perhaps Korea is few of the mainstream film markets in the world that are still not fully colonized by Hollywood productions yet, or is it?

The HK version of the DVD, which was released before the Korean version, is excellent. Similar to the DVD of My Sassy Girl, Edko includes a lot of bonus materials like trailers and making of featurette on the disc, and they are generous enough to subtitle some of the bonus materials.

Cool guy(s) - Kim Eul-boon

文: Kantorates - Cinespot.com

June 27, 2007

This professional review refers to The Way Home ....(Hong Kong Version)

The Way Home is the second highest grossed movie in Korea in 2002. Without a recognizable cast and a running time that lasts under 90 minutes, one may wonder, what is so special about this movie?

The plotline is very simple, it is all about this seven year old kid and his seventy seven years old grandmother. Sang-woo (Yoo Seung-Ho) stays in her grandmother's home in the rural area for two months. A spoiled kid from the city is forced to dwell in a place that has no television or any entertainment, you can expect how hard it is for him to adapt to this new environment. Moreover, his grandmother is mute, which makes it harder for them to communicate. The theme of the story is obvious, it aims at telling us the importance of love through the interaction of the kid and his granny. Not only should we value our elder family members, we should also learn how to appreciate the beauty of nature. The austere and primitive life in the rural area may seem dull at first glance, but if you try to sit back and relax, you will be able to discover the preciousness of nature and simplicity .

Seriously speaking, the subject matter of this movie is not very peculiar. It has been used in many mainland films before. The script also lacks any dramatic tension, as well as an ending that is more or less predictable. What is good about this film is the authentic depiction of the life of the characters. Different from its tear-jerking counterparts, this movie does not contain any hackneyed plot twist at all. Director Lee Jung-hyang employs a documentary style to survey the two protagonists. Routine activities like cooking and hair trimming are well captured that stir up some funny moments. The most important thing is that, you won't feel that the actors are trying to "act out" their parts, they just perform so natural and real. It is this freshness and authenticity that move the audience gradually.

The two protagonists of this film, Kim Eul-boon and Yoo Seung-ho, are non-professional actors. Fortunately, their inexperience do not hinder them to perform brilliantly, especially Kim Eul-boon, her stony face suits the role of the mute grandmother perfectly. The only part that bothers me is the behavior of the grandson. What he does is quite annoying, but Yoo Seung-ho is really a beloved kid, when you see him smiling innocently, you will forgive all his mischief.

Apparently, The Way Home does not have a very dramatic story, but I would not be too surprised to see that it was welcomed by the audience in Korea, as Korean audiences are always more receptive than Hong Kong, America or even Japanese viewers. Perhaps Korea is few of the mainstream film markets in the world that are still not fully colonized by Hollywood productions yet, or is it?

The HK version of the DVD, which was released before the Korean version, is excellent. Similar to the DVD of My Sassy Girl, Edko includes a lot of bonus materials like trailers and making of featurette on the disc, and they are generous enough to subtitle some of the bonus materials.

Cool guy(s) - Kim Eul-boon

文: Kantorates - Cinespot.com

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Brings back some fond childhood memories
No doubt we all had our naughty moments when we were young, especially when things didn't go our way. Everyone has their own little story to tell about childhood, like female director Lee Jung Hyang's The Way Home.

In The Way Home Yoo Seung Ho portrays Sang Woo, a small boy addicted to playing video games and eating junk food. His nightmare arrives in the form of a stay at his grandmother's (Kim Eul Boon) place far away from the heart of Seoul, where he was immersed in all the things he likes best. Told to behave while his single mother tries to find a job, Sang Woo isn't quite willing to oblige. Staying with his deaf and mute grandmother doesn't make things easier. Of course, he is just his usual bad mean self, playing video games all day and not giving consideration to anything else around him, let alone his grandmother. It's only when the batteries of his portable game player run out that the little rascal suddenly finds himself in a dilemma.

Focusing on the mischief caused by the child protagonist and how the passionate care of his grandmother finally serves as an icebreaker between the two, The Way Home manages to attract the viewer's interest throughout. Even though we can somehow sense what will happen as a result of Sang Woo's bad demeanor, the film still binds our attention to the screen as we eagerly await what comes next. I found the scene in which Sang Woo tries to explain what Kentucky Fried Chicken is to his grandmother and his attempt to impress a neighborhood girl with a new haircut as unforgettable highlights of the movie. After overcoming my assumption that a movie about a 7-year-old boy and deaf-mute elderly woman just couldn't be my cup of tea, I discovered this film to be a real charmer.

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Customer Review of "The Way Home... (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.7 out of 10 (9)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.4 out of 10 (22)

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December 13, 2009

1 people found this review helpful

Great family movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
In "The Way Home...", a stressed-out single mom drops her bratty seven year old son off for the summer months with an elderly grandmother he doesn't know. The spoiled city kid is like a fish out of water in his grandmother's rustic country home. And his mute, bent-over grandmother soon becomes the object of his seemingly ceaseless wrath. The good-hearted granny just lets the kid's constant abuse roll off of her, as she makes every sacrifice in her attempts to make him happy. Will she finally succeed in winning the boy's heart? And will the boy ever be able to befriend the country kids who he treats as bumpkins?

"The Way Home...", for American viewers, has the feel of a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, telling a sentimental tale of a grandmother's unconditional love and of a rebellious boy learning valuable life lessons. It proves to be a very involving formula, as the audience wonders whether the child ever will come to the end of his recalcitrance. This is the kind of warm-hearted family story that creates an indelible impression and holds important messages for us all. It clearly was the inspiration for the equally excellent Japanese film, "Gabai Granny". "The Way Home..." is a wonderful, engaging movie for the whole family.
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January 20, 2007

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1 people found this review helpful

Simple, Yet Perfect Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I really do not want to spoil this movie for anybody, but this is definitely worth buying. It is a very touching movie that will make you appreciate your elders. I wish my grandmother were alive to share this movie with me.
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December 27, 2006

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A very thouchy movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
They played this movie on TV this afternoon and I was hooked till the end. The plot is quite simple and the number of actors is probably only 5 or so. However, this is a very, very touchy movie. In the movie you will see how difficult life can be for some people; and yet they face it gracefully. The lady who plays the deaf/mute old lady is very impressive. Is she actually deaf/mute in real life? Now I would like to order this DVD to add to my collection.
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October 3, 2005

This customer review refers to The Way Home .... (2002) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
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The way home Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
It not only a comedy,touching movie but also " a wake-up call " to some Parents and Kids been influency by living Life-stlye in most FAST FOOD CITY,GAMEs BOY ...etc, nowaday.Buy this movie as a VERRY SPECIAL GIFT for your kids.
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October 1, 2005

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the way home Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
It not only a comedy,touching movie but also " a wake-up call " to some Parents and Kids been influency by living Life-stlye in most FAST FOOD CITY,GAMEs BOY ...etc, nowaday
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