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Marathon (2005)

Maraton (original title)
An autistic boy discovers he has a talent for running and with the help of the mother participates in a major marathon.

Director:

Yoon-Chul Jung (as Yoon-Chul Chung)

Writer:

Yoon-Chul Jung
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Cast

Credited cast:
Seung-woo Cho ... Cho-won Yoon
Mi-suk Kim ... Kyung-sook Yoon
Gi-yeong Lee Gi-yeong Lee ... Jung-wook
Sung-Hyun Baek ... Jung-won Yoon
Nae-sang Ahn ... Cho-won's dad
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sun-Jae Kim Sun-Jae Kim ... Chowon's Homeroom Teacher
Sung-min Lee
Mi-suk Park Mi-suk Park
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Storyline

(Korean with English subtitles) This hit inspirational movie follows an autistic young man, who finds solace only in running. His mother is the caring force that never gives up on him. Even though both Mother and son suffer from family and financial issues, they manage to find a former marathon champion -- now a lethargic old man - to serve as his coach for an upcoming marathon. Written by Anonymous

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Official Sites:

Official site [South Korea]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

27 January 2005 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,284,089
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film pokes fun at the classic film 'Rain Man' in the scene where the coach tries to get Cho-won to solve maths equations. Cho-won can't solve any difficult equations in his head, and it's literally raining in the foreground. See more »

Connections

Remade as Marason (2007) See more »

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Touching
9 February 2006 | by dvazpSee all my reviews

This is a very warm and poetic film. It's about a mother's relationship with her autistic son and her insecurities regarding him, about his desire to run a marathon and how that relates to his relationship with his mother, and about how his running coach inadvertently helps to bring them together. It is one of the most touching films I have seen in many years.

Some people have compared it to Rain Man, but that's a comparison which does not stand. Firstly, the selfishness of Tom Cruise character and Dustin Hoffman's overacting make Rain Man a far less touching film because the characters are far less sympathetic. There is also the crucial difference in that in Rain Man the Tom Cruise character really had no interest in his autistic brother and did not wish to really have any type of relationship with him. In Marathon, however, the whole film is about the problems the mother has precisely because she wants to have a relationship with her son. It is this dilemma (the wanting to have a relationship and not really being able to do it) which makes the film so interesting and touching.

Furthermore the acting is very good, the cinematography is rich but not overdone, the music is very good at emphasising the poignancy of particular situations and the film has a wonderful pace: neither too fast nor too slow. All in all a very enjoyable film highly recommended for anyone who wants to smile, laugh, cry and generally feel happy.


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