Marathon (2005)

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Marathon tells the story of the relationship between a young autistic man named Cho-Won and his doting mother, Kyong-Sook. Although Cho-Won may be twenty years old, he has only a childlike understanding of the world. He likes chocolate cookies, loves zebras, and can memorize casual conversations and TV shows. He also tends to dance in public and pass gas at the most inopportune times. While these things may seem charming or at read moreleast humorous, this behavior can get him into a lot of trouble due to his inability to understand how the rest of the world operates. Thus, his mother controls many aspects of his life in the name of "protection," a characteristic that will have further relevance to the plot as the film progresses. As a youth, Cho-Won tended to engage in self-destructive behaviors, but with the help of the special school he attends and his mother's insistence that he participate in various physical activities, his condition quickly improved. 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?

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Aug 25, 2013
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I think this movie will represent a truly realistic vision into the life of a family dealing with autism. Here is a Mother who works tirelessly to give her son a purpose in life. I read somewhere that people wondered if Cho-Won’s mother’s insistence in her son running in a marathon was more for her sake or for his. At one time in the movie, she questions whether or not she is read more pushing him into it for selfish reasons.

However, at the beginning of the movie, Cho Won’s mother made a statement where she wanted him to have self worth. I think in her pursuit of this, she kind of lost her purpose and doubted her reasons. Me, personally, I applaud her for doing it.

The acting by the leads, Kim Mi Sook and Cho Seung Woo was outstanding. The attention to detail that not only Mi Sook focused on as the mother but Seung Woo as an autistic man was definitely believable.

No stone was left unturned; from Cho Won’s treatment by so-called normal people to the jealousy his brother had because of all the attention his brother got. I was glad they didn’t leave that out. I believe the actors spent a lot of time researching the subject as well as talking to the real life Mother and Son. Yes, this is a true story that reflects the life and accomplishments of not only the mother but the son, in his pursuit to run!

A great real-life story!!
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This movie is a bit of a mixture of indie and mainstream in terms of storytelling and filming style. But while the story is very good, and the acting is superb, the movie didn't really hit me like I feel it should have. I don't think that's the fault of the actors or writers or filmographers. I think it just doesn't do it for me. I would definitely suggest people give this read more movie a chance though, because it has a very good story to tell.
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both movies are emotion-packed and both have characters with mental disability, both will make you cry and laugh c:
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Both films show adaption to life of autistic young person and their relationships with close people. Both films are very warm, touching, humanistic.
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    Palani Oct 1, 2015

    This is a real life story. I am really amazed with the real life 'Cha Won'.

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    Sawatdeedrama Dec 14, 2013

    This is such a great movie, I enjoyed every minute of it!

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      winnie Jan 13, 2014

      I watched this a couple of months ago and I also loved every moment of it! Inspiring to see people overcome personal challenges and strive for achievements.

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    kekeke Jan 7, 2012

    best movie of all time.


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    Jan 27, 2005
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    1 hr. 57 min.


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