Ode to My Father, an inspiring and heart-wrenching tale of one ordinary man’s journey through extraordinary times, will make its U.S. debut in major market cinemas on January 9, 2015.
The film has just been invited to screen in the Panorama section of the prestigious Berlinale (The Berlin International Film Festival). With the Berlinale curator Wieland Speck explaining that “the film depicts the legacy of an unprecedented development in recent history with grand cinematic power and its human dimensions: the rise of a part of a troubled and divided nation, South Korea."
Ode to my Father follows Deok-su, an everyman facing the challenges put forth by some of modern history’s most significant events. As a child, Deok-Su had to say goodbye to his father during a North Korean refugee evacuation amidst the Korean War. His last words to his father were a promise that he would always protect the family. As he matures, that vow leads him to the coal mines of 1960’s Germany, and even into the jungle of the Vietnam War. Ode To My Father is a heartwarming tale of an ordinary man who musters superhuman resilience for the sake of his family, all set in the maelstrom of modern history as it crashed over Korea. With echoes of tumultuous events happening around the globe today, Ode To My Father is a loving look at one family who manages to survive and even thrive. Ode to my Father stars HWANG Jung-min (New World, The Unjust) as Deok-su and Yunjin KIM (Lost, Mistresses) as Deok-su’s wife, Yeong-Ja.
Off the overwhelming success of his last film, Haeundae (2009), which saw over 10 million in admissions in South Korea, director JK YOUN continues doing what he is known for, combining large scale drama with wonderful intimacy and sincerity between his characters. For YOUN, Ode To My Father was more than a project, it was a calling—to tell the story of his father's generation who stoically and even good-naturedly took on the responsibility for rebuilding Korea with their bare hands. He wanted to write and direct a film which was not based on the lives of those written in history books, but on the ordinary who manage the burden of living in extraordinary times.
Ode to My Father is presented and distributed by CJ Entertainment and produced by JK Film. The film will premiere in major market theaters across the country. Check local listings or visit www.cj-entertainment.com for more details.