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Analysis Date: March 28, 2003
CAP Score: 83
CAP Influence Density: 1.07

MinMax: -100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

aka JIBEURO (2003), PG, PARTIAL -- Sang-Woo was "hamburger, pizza and Kentucky chicken."

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (KR): CJ Entertainment, Tube Entertainment
Distribution (US): Paramount Classics
Director(s): Jeong-hyang Lee
Producer(s): Jae-Cheol Heo, Seung-beom Kim, Jae-woo Whang, Woo-hyun Whang
Written by/Screenplay: Jeong-hyang Lee
Cinematography/Camera: Hong-shik Yoon
Music: Dae-hong Kim, Yang-hee Kim
Film Editing: Jae-beom Kim, Sang-Beom Kim
Production Management: Hyun-young Song
Art Direction: Jum-hee Shin
Viewed At: United Artists/Regal Entertainment, Hulen, Fort Worth, Texas

About half an hour into the film the United Artists/Regal Entertainment projector had fits so I left. The loss of time to flutters and mutters was enough to make an analysis of the whole film impossible. I provide you with the analysis of what I saw.

From what I saw, The Way Home is a Korean film of cultural friction and generational conflict manufactured by society. No more. No less. Maybe there was more to the plot and theme, but I didn't see it. And, from what I saw, I was not moved enough to go to the expense of rescheduling a viewing of it.

A Korean mother (Hyo-hee Dong) needed help to care for their seven year old boy while she looked for work. The boy's father, for whatever excuse, was out of the boy's life. The mother delivered Sang-Woo (Seung-Ho Woo) to his grandmother (Eul-Boon Kim). Sang-Woo was "hamburger, pizza and Kentucky chicken." Very slow moving and rickety grandmother was old world self-reliant and patient beyond description. Sang-Woo was rebellious and brutally hateful [Prov. 13:24, Is. 30:1]. Grandmother was loving and serving. If little else is said by this movie, maybe it depicts what parents can expect of their children when the father is absent. There is another story in just that small piece of this movie and I'll share it with you later.

During the bus ride to grandmother's house, Sang-Woo was most disrespectful of his mother. At the bottom of the hill on which her mother's house was located, Sang-Woo slapped his mother, kicked her and spoke most hateful things of her and spoke likewise of his grandmother. One of the least hateful was that she was dirty. Upon meeting grandmother, mother and grandmother share tears and hope for a better life, but Sang-Woo demonstrates arrogance and physical abuse of his grandmother. No coping skills. None. But grandma takes it without one complaint -- another piece of "another story" within this one.

After the mother gave her sob story and left for what she claimed to be looking for work the war between cultures and generations escalates. the mother's story makes you wonder was she really looking for work or was she looking for a place to dump the boy so she can "be free" as is his father.

The ignominy in the 28 minutes I saw was totally incorporated into Impudence/Hate. There was no sexual programming at all. No murder or suicide. No cultism/occultism. No use of controlled substances such as illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco whatsoever.

The scoring distribution for the first 28 minutes of this show is quite unique. Each of the six CAP investigation areas earned a score of 100 out of 100 except Impudence/Hate, which earned a score of zero. All because of the little boy's hatred and arrogance. The final score of 83 out of 100 is indeed equivalent to the scores earned by a 'lite' PG in the CAP comparative baseline database of movies, but with a rate of examples of arrogance, impudence, hatred and rebellion per hour of 36.4, serious consideration should be given to whether this film is fit for your family. But since this is analysis of a partial viewing, there may be many more and even more severe assaults of wholesome morality. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section reveals the items of assault on morality and ethics for the first 28 minutes of the show.

Now to the "another story." I suspect that film progressed with the grandmother continuing to be the humble and patient, forgiving servant. Asking nothing and giving all that she had. Aren't there many stories in the Bible of such unselfishness? Since you've asked, I'll tell you. Yes, there are. Jesus giving up His life for our sakes is one of them: that He did so willingly and knowingly and would have done so even if only one of us were saved by His Sacrifice. But I want to focus on another story of unselfishness in the Bible. It touches on one of the doctrines I try to live by which teaches that to be a good leader one must first know how and when to be a good follower. The Disciples had been disputing amongst themselves about whom should be greatest among them. When Jesus asked them what their dispute was about, they were afraid to tell Him. But Jesus knew their dispute and told them that he who desires to be first must be the least, and servant of all. [Mark 9:33 - 35] Just like the grandmother in The Way Home.


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  • Prov. 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. [A "rod" does NOT mean a literal beating with a pole or stick. The "rod" can be anything that corrects disobedience, rebellion and arrogance. The "rod" can even be a kind word as long as it builds righteous compliance. See]
  • Is. 30:1 (KJV) Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel [practice or embrace behaviors], but not of me; and that cover with a covering {make excuses for their rebellion], but not of my spirit [by man's standards], that they may add sin to sin [think they do nothing wrong]:
  • Mark 9:33 - 35 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.


    The Way Home (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • insolence toward mother and grandmother
  • insults at mother and grandmother, some very rude and even brutally hateful
  • kicking and slapping of mother
  • trashing of grandmother's memorabilia
  • hiding grandmother's shoes
  • a single use of the three/four letter word vocabulary by a child
  • theft of jewelry from sleeping grandmother
  • boy running off alone because he could not get what he wanted
  • boy urinating on grandmother's shoes
  • tantrum

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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