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Marathon (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Cho Seung Woo (Actor) | Kim Mi Sook (Actor) | Lee Ki Young | Ahn Nae Sang (Actor)
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Marathon (Hong Kong Version)
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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 (Hong Kong Version) 我的馬拉松 (香港版) 我的马拉松 (香港版) マラソン (香港版) (VCD) Marathon (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Cho Seung Woo (Actor) | Kim Mi Sook (Actor) | Lee Ki Young | Ahn Nae Sang (Actor) 曹承佑 (Actor) | 金美淑 (Actor) | Lee Ki Young | 安內相 (Actor) 曹承佑 (Actor) | Kim Mi Sook (Actor) | Lee Ki Young | 安内相 (Actor) チョ・スンウ (Actor) | キム・ミスク (Actor) | Lee Ki Young | アン・ネサン (Actor) 조 승우 (Actor) | 김미숙 (Actor) | Lee Ki Young | 안내상 (Actor)
Director: Jeong Yun Cheol 鄭胤澈 Jeong Yun Cheol チョン・ユンチョル 정윤철
Release Date: 2005-11-17
Language: Cantonese, Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: I
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004088783

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Director: Jung Yoon Chul

一個自閉症男孩 跑出票房奇蹟






愛斑馬 愛朱古力 更愛馬拉松




  Cho-won is a lovely, normal-looking child who likes chocolate cookies and zebras. Finding out he is autistic, his mother kneels down before the burden of reality. However, his mother discovers his love for running, and begins to train him. 20 years later, Cho-won's intelligence is still that of a five-year-old boy. He farts everywhere, bows to his younger brother, and dances to music wherever he is. However, his mom dedicates herself to training him to accomplish a 'Sub-3-Hour,' which is completing a marathon below three hours, a dream for amateur runners.

One day, Jung-woo, a former marathon champion comes to work at Cho-won's school to fulfill his community service for a DUI. Cho-won's mother begs him to coach her son. Taking the job unwillingly, he learns to open his heart to Cho-won as they spend more time together and sees the possibility of accomplishing a 'Sub-3-Hour.' Jung-wook and Cho-won's mother have a serious dispute over how to train Cho-won. Amid the heated argument, Jung-wook tells Cho-won's mother that she's obsessed, which makes her realize that she's been pushing his son around to make herself feel better about him being autistic. Consequently, she decides not to let him run any more.
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Professional Review of "Marathon (Hong Kong Version)"

June 6, 2005

This professional review refers to Marathon
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 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
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

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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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