Movie Monday – Way Back Home (2013)

Starring: Jeon Do-Yeon as Song Jung-Yeon, Ko Soo as Im Jong-Bae, Kang Ji-Woo as Hye-Rin, Choi Min-Chul as Seo Moon-Do, Bae Sung-Woo as Korean Embassy employee, and Lee Dong-Hwi as Gwang-Sik,

Rating: PG-13, subject matter and some violence

Running Time: 131 min

Twinkies: 4 1/2 stars

Synopsis: Jung-Yeon(Jeon Do-Yeon) is married to Jong-Bae (Ko Soo) and they have one daughter named Hye-Rin (Kang Ji-Woo). Jung-Yeon and Jong-Bae run a small car repair shop together. Although they don’t have a lot of money, they work hard and feel content with their lives. Everything changes for them, after a friend of Jong-Bae commits suicide. Jong-Bae signed a loan for his friend as a guarantor prior to his friend’s suicide. Jong-Bae learns that he is now on the hook for the loan and sky high interest charged by the loan sharks. Soon, Jung-Yeon and Jong-Bae must sell their auto repair shop and apartment just to pay off the loan.

As their financial situation worsens, Jung-Yeon makes a phone call without her husband knowing and offers to smuggle the gemstones into Paris. She leaves a note for husband and gets on an airplane to Paris. At the Paris airport, Jung-Yeon is arrested and she learns that is arrested for transporting large amounts of cocaine into the country. Her harrowing struggle to find her way back home begins.

Musings: Firstly, this movie is based on the true story of Jang Mi-Jung. She was arrested on October 30, 2004 at Orly Airport in Paris, France in possession of a large quantity of drugs. Jang Mi-Jung served prison time on the French island of Martinique in the Caribbean. She was finally able to return to Korea on November 8, 2006.

This is one powerful movie! It is full of emotions; happiness, sadness and especially anger. Anger at a system that fails to assist their own regardless of the situation; anger at the political ineptness that allowed a woman to remain in prison in a foreign country with no means to communicate, no assistance; nada! And most of all, full of tears as you watch the treatment in prison by the inmates, guards and worse of all officials from her own native country.

This movie was also a great story about a husband who was willing to do anything to be heard. From talking to the police, doing his own investigating, attempting to talk to the political officers which really was sad to see that even that was ineffective.

One thing that you will walk about with from this movie is the STELLAR acting from Ko Soo but especially from Jeon Do-Yeon. Playing Jung-Yeon, a woman lost in the system and struggling to keep her sanity, Jeon Do-Yeon did a sensational job of translating this role to the screen. This isn’t the first time being impressed with Ms Jeon’s acting capabilities and I an sure it will not be the last. Great movie! Have tissue box handy!

Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on various streaming websites.

No Movie Monday until mid-June. Hopefully, I will be coming back with a review of Phantom Detective. Stay tuned.

I’m available on Twitter. Thanks to all of you Twinkles out here who are taking the time to read! If you have a suggestion for a future review, just leave me a comment! I’m always happy to have movie suggestions.


5 thoughts on “Movie Monday – Way Back Home (2013)

  1. Great review, NKDA~! This may be why Jeon Do Yeon continues to be touted as one of Korea’s best actresses. 🙂 I’ll hold down the fort over at Musings on Mondays until you return with your Movie Mondays.

  2. The actress is great! She got skinny playing this role. I really can’t… This movie made me cry so much! As much as how angry it made me, I still love it.

      1. Her speech!!!! OMG! I was steaming my floor and had to sit down and cry and absorb all those feelings she had said. I was angry mostly at the embassy people!

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