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  • Movie: Ode To My Father
  • Country: South Korea
  • Duration: 2 hr. 6 min.
  • Rating: 12+ - Teens 13 or older


  • Score: 9.0 (scored by 821 users)
  • Ranked: #14
  • Popularity: #1186
  • Members: 2,010

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Ode To My Father (2014)

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Ratings: 9.0/10 from 821 users
# of Members: 2,010
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Ranked #14
Popularity #1186
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Story that depicts the lives of people who go through the difficult times after the Korean War to the present day. The movie will portray that phase of modern Korean history through the character named Deok Soo who lives and works in the thick of Busan’s Gukje Market, taking care of his family as he fills in for his father, separated due to the Korean War. Yeong Ja was Deok Soo's firstlove and they eventually got married. Deok Soo and his wife struggle after the war, alongside his lifelong friend, Dal Goo.

  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Dec 17, 2014
  • Duration: 2 hr. 6 min.
  • Score: 9.0 (scored by 821 users)
  • Ranked: #14
  • Popularity: #1186
  • Rating: 12+ - Teens 13 or older

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10 people found this review helpful
Aug 14, 2015
Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 10
I just randomly picked this movie without reading any reviews and it had been on my list to watch for a while. This movie was wonderfully touching and emotional. It tells the story of a boy and how he lives his life trying to fulfill the promise he made his father. Although emotional it does have its funny moments.
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8 people found this review helpful
Apr 19, 2015
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 5.5
Warning: mega tear-jerker of a show.

I’ve read elsewhere that the story does resemble that of Forrest Gump, but here I think there is a very different emphasis. Forrest Gump focuses mainly on one man’s journey, while this show also touches on modernity and how it’s perceived by our parents’ generation, and the generation gap between our parents and our current generation.

As a broad sweep through Korean history, definitely a good and well-dramatised one. For non-Koreans it’s definitely quite enlightening since it does feature certain events outside the North-South conflict narrative we usually see in action movies.

But in general, the movie is so moving because of its emphasis on family and one’s duty to family, and that’s why I found it so moving. Bonus fact: watched it in the cinema with my mum and I think it's safe to say there wasn't a dry eye in the cinema hall!

Was surprised to see Kim Yunjin snag such a major Korean role after watching her in Lost. However, Hwang Jung-min’s character definitely takes centre stage in the story. He does such a great job. Oh Dal-soo as usual is fantastic as his comical sidekick.

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