Movie Monday: Marathon (2005)

Starring: Kim Mi Sook as Cho Won’s Mom, Cho Seung Woo as Cho Won, Lee Gi Young as Jung Wook, Baek Sung Hyun as Jung Won, and Ahn Nae Sang as Cho Won’s Dad

Rating: PG

Running Time: 117 min

Twinkies: 4

Synopsis: Marathon tells the story of the relationship between a young autistic man named Cho-Won and his doting mother, Kyong-Sook. Although Cho-Won may be twenty years old, he has only a childlike understanding of the world. He likes chocolate cookies, loves zebras, and can memorize casual conversations and TV shows. He also tends to dance in public and pass gas at the most inopportune times.

Musings: I think it is high praise when the Japanese film industry remakes your movie the following year (Marathon, Japanese version). As some of you watch the drama Good Doctor, I think this movie will represent a truly realistic vision into the life of a family dealing with autism.

Here is a Mother who works tirelessly to give her son a purpose in life. I read somewhere that people wondered if Cho-Won’s mother’s insistence in her son running in a marathon was more for her sake or for his. At one time in the movie, she questions whether or not she is pushing him into it for selfish reasons.

However, at the beginning of the movie, Cho Won’s mother made a statement where she wanted him to have self worth. I think in her pursuit of this, she kind of lost her purpose and doubted her reasons. Me, personally, I applaud her for doing it.


The acting by the leads, Kim Mi Sook and Cho Seung Woo was outstanding. The attention to detail that not only Mi Sook focused on as the mother but Seung Woo as an autistic man was definitely believable.

No stone was left unturned; from Cho Won’s treatment by so-called normal people to the jealousy his brother had because of all the attention his brother got. I was glad they didn’t leave that out.

I believe the actors spent a lot of time researching the subject as well as talking to the real life Mother and Son. Yes, this is a true story that reflects the life and accomplishments of not only the mother but the son, in his pursuit to run!

Insired by the true story of Bae Hyung-jin. At the age of 19 in 2001, he ran the Chuncheon Marathon, completing the race in 2 hours 57 minutes 7 seconds. A year later in 2002, he completed a triathlon consisting of swimming, cycling and running, in 15 hours 6 minutes for 228.195 kilometers. This is Korea’s national record set by the youngest person, let alone by a handicapped man.

Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on several sites. Ask me if your interested. Also available on Netflix if you are a subscriber.

I’m available on Twitter. Thanks to all of you Twinkles out here who are taking the time to read! If you have a suggestion for a future review, just leave me a comment! I’m always happy to have movie suggestions.

5 thoughts on “Movie Monday: Marathon (2005)”

  1. This is my by far favorite Cho Seung Woo movie and I am a big fan of his.
    I was amazed by the portrayal of mother and son. As you said, no stone was left unturend and the family’s conflicts were shown in a very complex and believable way.
    Highly recommended!

  2. Another great review!
    BTW, my wordpress account is weird and won’t let me comment on your blog as “Snoopy’s Twinkie.” 😛

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