A Hometown of the Heart

Hometown Heart Website
Film info

Director: Yun Yong-gyu
Cast: Byun Ki-jong, Yu Min, Yeo Heon-Yong, Choi Eun-hee
Cert U, 76mins, 1949

A Hometown of the Heart had been a successful play before this beautiful film version brought it to a wider public. Korean mother-worship is nicely blended with reverence for the maternal Bodhisattva Kwanseeom. The visual lyricism and innocence of this tale seem all the more fragile when you consider that within some five months the country would be convulsed by war. Ironically, or just sadly, director Yun Yong-gyu - who was forced to leave for North Korea when Seoul was invaded, went on to make some of the first Korean War films in the North.

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