The KCC’s theme for its two film screenings in May is the family. The first of the films, The Way Home (집으로…) was the surprise low-budget hit of 2002.
This is director Lee Jeong-hyang’s second film, her first being the gentle rom-com Art Museum by the Zoo, whose draw was the star actress Shim Eun-ha. For The Way Home, Lee used completely untried actors – with the exception of Yoo Seung-ho, who plays the spoilt brat.
The synopsis from koreanfilm.org:
The Way Home opens with a single mother who, faced with financial troubles, decides to leave her seven-year son with his mute grandmother in the countryside. Having run away from home at a young age, the mother introduces the two to each other for the first time and then leaves for the city. The boy is furious at this upheaval in his life, taking out his frustrations by misbehaving and making wild demands of his grandmother.
This is a gentle, touching film. If you think Korean film is Oldboy and Asia Extreme, this one will provide a different slant. And, for something completely different, read this article which compares The Way Home with big budget action blockbuster Swiri.
The film screens on 8 May at 7pm, and as usual pre-booking is required by ringing 020 7004 2600 or emailing info at kccuk dot org dot uk.