Eventually they reach their destination, a dusty bus stop in the Korean countryside near an unsophisticated village.
By now Sang-woo, who has arrived with junk food and toys, has no intention of respecting his mute grandmother especially as her house is primitive with no running water.
His mother apologizes for leaving the boy, telling her own mother it will not be for too long before leaving on the next bus.
She also tends the melons that she will sell at the market.
One of the Grandmother's neighbors is a hard-working country boy who attempts to become friends with Sang-woo, who declines until the end when he apologizes for making fun of him.
The other is a young girl who Sang-Woo falls in love with, but she is more interested in the country boy.
The grandmother, who also cares for her old friends very much, lives a simple and humble life.
) is a 2002 film written and directed by Lee Jeong-hyang.
It tells the story of a grandmother and her city-born grandson who comes to live with her in a rural village.
The film won South Korea's equivalent of the Oscars for best picture and screenplay.
The Way Home was the second-highest grossing homegrown film in South Korea in 2002.
It was released on DVD, with English subtitles, in 2003 by Paramount.
The story begins on a fine summer's morning, when Sang-woo (Yoo Seung-ho) and his mother board a bus to the country.
It is soon clear that the unsophisticated rural passengers annoy the seven-year-old urban boy.