Marathon, 말아톤Published on June 19th, 2008.
Been watching a lot of Korean movies lately, it’s just weird how they manage to make pretty much every movie so great. Koreans probably make the best movies in the world at the moment, at least in the drama category, Japan gets the second place and the US a solid third place. When it comes to TV series though, they all make good stuff.
Anyway, Marathon is one of my favorite movies of all time, it’s in my top two along with Maundy Thursday, another Korean movie. Marathon stars Seung-woo Cho who plays as an autistic man called Cho-won, who as a young boy refused to communicate with anyone, bit himself and was troublesome in many ways. But his mother was determined to show everyone that he could be a normal boy, and as he got older he found passion in running, and his mother was right there to encourage him. Cho-won takes the third place in a 10 kilometers running contest, which causes her mother to set a new, higher goal for him; to run a marathon under four hours. To make this happen, Cho-won’s mother hires a former marathon runner who has been punished to perform 200 hours of community service for drunk driving as a coach. The movie shows the emotional struggles of a mother who isn’t sure if she’s forcing her son to run, or if it’s really his passion.
This movie is really touching and the acting is just amazing. I’ve only seen Seung-woo Cho in this movie, but I can without a doubt say that he’s one hell of an actor. Lee Gi-yeong, Cho-won’s coach, also plays his role perfectly. Even though I see new faces all the time, I’m always surprised of how good Korean actors are in general, both male and female, I wonder why that is…
Another great thing is the soundtrack, just like my other favorite movies, Marathon has a great set of tracks which with the help of the great acting will make you either cry or smile. The first track in the trailer below is called 지하철에서 (Ji Ha Chul Eh Suh) and is my favorite track from the CD.
I want you to watch this movie and tell me how much you liked it, ’cause you will like it. Highly recommended!