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Monday, November 20, 2006


Recently i watched a Korean movie, one which seemed like a new one. I'd missed about 10-15 minutes of the movie by the time i happened to find that channel. It was a simple tale - a little boy comes to live with his grandmother in a village for his vacation and returns to his folks after a while. That's it!
It was a mini-Pather Panchali of sorts. As in PP, you are "taken" to the place where the 'action' takes place. Minimalistic dialogues (the granny is mute), beautiful imagery and a very good musical store. The pace is totally relaxed. The movie seems to have no agenda and the visuals speak for themselves. It is touching too, especially in the last even when you can clearly see it coming. The kid is a totally urbanized "McDonald" kind and he hates his time there initially. The granny is one whom we would have all seen in India. Unconditional love. Unlike what one would expect, there is no 360-degree-turn from the boy but rather he still retains his spoilt-brat inconsiderate behaviour even towards the end. However, he is clearly moved even if you can see no excessive sentiment shows in the movie.
I was reminded of movies like Cinema Paradiso and Autograph which many hail as classics. Somehow, these two never moved me like Pather Panchali or even this apparently obscure Korean movie.

P.S: By the way, is the original DVD of "Hey Ram" [Thamizh] available anywhere???


  • Bala,
    If you look around, there are similar Malayalam movies.

    By Anonymous ttm, at Mon Nov 20, 07:29:00 PM  

  • to the best of my knowledge the movie's name is "THE WAY HOME"

    naan partha orey korean movie:)
    beautiful movie!!.

    By Blogger Prabu Karthik, at Mon Nov 20, 09:46:00 PM  

  • "By the way, is the original DVD of "Hey Ram" [Thamizh] available anywhere???"

    Ithey kelviya thaan naanum ketkaren....I have the Hindi CD with me...but Tamil version???

    Bala, neenga "Bicycle Thieves" parthuirrkeengala??? A very touching movie even though the story line is miniscule...one of my favourites.

    By Blogger Sridhar(mutRupuLLi), at Tue Nov 21, 10:55:00 AM  

  • ttm,
    True... enakku Malayalam classics avalavu parichayam illa.. mostly solla kelvi dhaan.. high time i watched some of those..

    Ahaa...neengalum patheengala? nandri hai...

    I have the Thamizh VCD but DVD kedaikkale...
    Yeah, i liked Bicycle Thief too...especially the ending....

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Tue Nov 21, 11:17:00 AM  

  • once upon a time, when I had applied for my B.E. and waiting for my admission, DD metro channel were telecasting all superb movies that were made in all regional languages. I had the providence of watching almost all of them. My fave was "Ek Doctor ki Mauth" by Tapan Sinha. It had stand out performance from Pankaj Kapur. As far as the korean movie you are talking about, there was a latin movie I saw on Zee MGM channel that was about a boy who escapes out of a war torn latin american country to Sweden to live with his grand parents. How he settles into his grand parents' house and how he adjusts to swedish society was shown very poignantly. I forgot the name of the movie(it had english subtitles). There is also another movie - The roommates. It is all about a very old man and his grandson. It is not great cinema, but good one with some really warm moments.

    By Blogger V.P.Jaiganesh, at Tue Nov 21, 02:08:00 PM  

  • Bala,
    Hey Ram not available anywhere. Landmark, planet M engayum nahi :(

    By Anonymous F e r r a r i, at Tue Nov 21, 04:23:00 PM  

  • varatchi kaaranamaaga koLgaigaLai thaLarthikkoLvadhaaga irundhaal inge paarkkavum.

    By Anonymous msp, at Wed Nov 22, 02:27:00 AM  

  • By Anonymous msp, at Wed Nov 22, 02:28:00 AM  

  • jaiganes,
    "DD metro channel were telecasting all superb movies that were made in all regional languages"
    - ?? enakku nyabagam irukkardhu only movies with 'matter' scenes they used to show late night on DD...

    P.S: 'matter' only by DD standrads :)

    Yeah... i tried in LM and PM.. no luck... But some people do have it (Aus/America etc]

    Vanmaya kandikkaren... [but seekkaram neenga link pakkaren :p]
    Remba nandri hai...

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Wed Nov 22, 05:01:00 PM  

  • "Award" movies kku DD dhan best.
    I don't remember most of the names... got to watch many good movies. "Halo" nu oru children's movie kooda nalla irundhudhu.

    By Blogger Viji, at Thu Nov 23, 09:51:00 AM  

  • Viji/Jaiganes,
    Coming to think of it, i do remember seeing movies like "The Elephant Man", "Why Was I Born" etc on DD......

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Thu Nov 23, 05:38:00 PM  

  • Bala "Roommates" paathuteengala?
    DD Metro la dhaan naan "Mirch Masala" , "Deb Shishu" , "Kalyug" indha maadhiri shyam benegal movies laam paathen. Also I saw one movie (hindi dhaan) with Naseer, Amrish and Om Puri. It was about a poor illiterate villager who gets framed for the rape and murder of his wife. Naseer plays the advocate who tries to get justice for this guy. All these actors had given amazing performances. The climax was a shocking and cracking one. Once upon a time I used to think that parallel cinema in India is pathetic, I changed my opinion after seeing these movies in DD Metro. Its a pity that channels today are retelecasting shameful movies like Kuch Kuch and Dilwale again and again.

    By Blogger V.P.Jaiganesh, at Thu Nov 23, 07:12:00 PM  

  • Jaiganes,
    "Bala "Roommates" paathuteengala?"
    - Nope...

    "Also I saw one movie (hindi dhaan) with Naseer, Amrish and Om Puri. It was about a poor illiterate villager who gets framed for the rape and murder of his wife."
    - Is Smitha Patel the heroine??

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Fri Nov 24, 06:07:00 PM  

  • I dont remember that Bala.
    However in the climax, when om is brought on parole to do some last rites of a relative, he kills his own sister who attains age just before so that she may not suffer his wife's fate of being serially brutalized by the zamindar. That was a shocking ending, when I was waiting for him to go on rampage and kill Amrish Puri. The same theme was captured in another movie in which Revathi acted(Hindi) movie. My hindi knowledge back then was pathetic, so I couldnt understand much of it.

    By Blogger V.P.Jaiganesh, at Sat Nov 25, 01:25:00 PM  

  • //"Halo" nu oru children's movie kooda nalla irundhudhu.//

    One of those DD surprises I watched on a Saturday afternoon.I'm usually a "Engannan MahAnadhi paakkumbOdhu kooda aaNi adichha maadhiri steady-a nippAr" types
    But I found myself getting choked in Halo's climax.

    Later found out it was a movie by Santosh Sivan.

    By Anonymous msp, at Sun Nov 26, 10:11:00 AM  

  • I inquired with the Landmark/Odyssey guys and they told Hey Ram isn't released in tamil...wat a pty

    By Blogger 2ndReview, at Wed Dec 06, 11:06:00 PM  

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