Treeless Mountain

Overview

The frozen space in a little girl's heart gradually begins to warm thanks to the love of her older sister in director So Yong Kim's portrait of a young innocent forced to come to terms with feelings of loss and abandonment. Six-year-old Jin Hee Yeon Kim and her younger sister, Bin Song Hee Kim, live in a cramped apartment with their single mother. Though their lives are on the edge of disaster, both girls remain completely oblivious to the threats of the outside world. One morning, after Jin wets the bed, their ...
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Overview

The frozen space in a little girl's heart gradually begins to warm thanks to the love of her older sister in director So Yong Kim's portrait of a young innocent forced to come to terms with feelings of loss and abandonment. Six-year-old Jin Hee Yeon Kim and her younger sister, Bin Song Hee Kim, live in a cramped apartment with their single mother. Though their lives are on the edge of disaster, both girls remain completely oblivious to the threats of the outside world. One morning, after Jin wets the bed, their mother packs up all their belongings and sends the girls to live with their alcoholic Big Aunt Kim Mi-hyang. Suddenly thrust into a hostile and unfamiliar environment, the girls are given a piggy bank and a promise that their mother will return when it's finally been filled. Wrestling with feelings of abandonment despite the fact that she's not mature enough to understand why their mother has left or what may become of her and Bin in the future, Jin showers her younger sibling with affection in order to prevent her from feeling as if all hope has been lost.
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Special Features

Deleted Scenes and Outtakes; Audio Commentary with Director So Yong Kim and Producer Bradley Rust Gray; Post-Screening Q&A with So Yong Kim at New York's Film Forum; Interview with Child Actors Kim Hee Yeon and Kim Song Hee at the 16th Annual Altin Koza Film Festival in Adana, Turkey
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
So Yong Kim's Treeless Mountain starts out on a sad note, as a mother Soo Ah Lee is forced to all but abandon her children, Jin Hee Yeon Kim and Bin Song Hee Kim, to their uncaring aunt Mi Hyang Kim. But something magical happens, for the audience watching as well as the children: what should be a near-tragic set of circumstances in the lives of these two girls instead becomes a lyrical and seductive look at childhood resiliency. Kim's camera and script bring us inside the world of these two girls, in all of their innocence and optimism, which survives even in the face of their mother's failure to reappear, and their aunt's eventual decision to pass the children along to their grandparents. The filmmaker conveys all of this through a thoroughly naturalistic approach to the two girls' portrayals, never telling us too much more than we need to know, or much more than the children themselves should or could know. One even starts to react to the adults around them from the point-of-view of the children, in sympathetic terms -- even the neglectful aunt -- and overcome our own, more experienced view of the world. Watching Treeless Mountain is one of the finest cinematic examples in recent years of the willing suspension of disbelief -- Kim's vision is beguilingly lyrical and very quiet, but never uninvolving; this is a movie where the smallest nuance demands attention. Indeed, the movie is thoroughly engrossing from the opening frame to the end credits, and it's a beautiful viewing experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • UPC: 896602002098
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Source: Oscilloscope
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Korean
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 58,462

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kim Hee Yeon Jin
Kim Song Hee Bin
Kim Mi-hyang Big Auntie
Lee Soo Ah Mom
Boon Tak Park Grandma
Mi Hyang Kim
Technical Credits
So Yong Kim Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Asobi Seksu Score Composer
Zoe Chan Art Director
Bradley Rust Gray Editor, Producer
Ben Howe Producer
Baik Hye Jung Cinematographer
See Hee Kim Production Designer
Lars Knudsen Producer
Charlie Ledley Executive Producer
Jamie Mai Executive Producer
Ian McGloin Executive Producer
Anne Misawa Cinematographer
Eric Offin Sound/Sound Designer
Jay Van Hoy Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Treeless Mountain
1. Scene 1 [3:26]
2. Scene 2 [3:27]
3. Scene 3 [2:50]
4. Scene 4 [3:31]
5. Scene 5 [2:50]
6. Scene 6 [2:48]
7. Scene 7 [2:28]
8. Scene 8 [5:00]
9. Scene 9 [3:48]
10. Scene 10 [1:52]
11. Scene 11 [2:39]
12. Scene 12 [4:10]
13. Scene 13 [2:54]
14. Scene 14 [3:50]
15. Scene 15 [3:19]
16. Scene 16 [3:28]
17. Scene 17 [5:50]
18. Scene 18 [4:02]
19. Scene 19 [6:59]
20. Scene 20 [4:22]
21. Scene 21 [3:28]
22. Scene 22 [5:37]
23. Scene 23 [3:14]
24. Scene 24 [3:27]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Treeless Mountain
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Set-Up
      Audio Options
         Stereo
         5.1
         Commentary With So Yong Kim and Bradley Rust Gray
      Subtitles
         English
         Subtitles: Off
   Extra Features
      Deleted Scenes
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            Scene 23A - Jin Gets Punished and Bin Watches
            Scene 94A - Big Aunt's Daughter Visits and Picks on Jin and Bin
            Scene 116A - Jin Takes Money From The Piggy Bank and Tries To Find Their Mom On Her Own By Riding the Bus
      Outtakes
         Play All
         Scene 58 - Jin Bumps Into Man On Sidewalk
         Scene 71.3A - Bin Eats Grasshoppers In Front Of Jin
         Scene 73G - Tall Boy Skewers Grasshoppers
         Scene 78A - Jin and Bin Ask If They Can Play With Hyun
      Interview With Hee Yeon Kim and Song Hee Kim, June 2009
      Post Screening Q&A at New York's Film Forum, April 2009
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