A Barefoot Dream

A Barefoot Dream  {Maen-bal-ui-kkum}
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A Barefoot Dream
South Korea, 2010, 121 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Drama, Family Friendly, Sports
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Korean, English, Tetun English Sub-Titles

After a series of pipe dream ventures go belly up, retired pro soccer player Kim Won-kang happens to visit East Timor, where he finds children playing the game barefoot on rocky pitches. Sensing a new business opportunity on finding the country doesn’t have a single sporting goods store, he embarks on a scheme to get rich quick by purveying athletic shoes to the unshod youngsters. Sadly, no one there can afford to pay $60 for a pair of shoes, even on a generous installment plan, and before he knows it, he is reduced to coaching a team of ragged 10-year-olds and prospects are looking grim.

But Kim’s luck seems to change when his adopted charges turn out to have hitherto unsuspected talent and start to make mincemeat of the opposition, eventually going on to win several international competitions. Based on a true story, A Barefoot Dream is an inspirational delight and caused shockwaves in the South Korean film business when it elbowed aside several big-hitters in the race for the country’s nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Filmmaker Kim Tae-gyun, who directed the North Korean refugee film Crossing (PSIFF 2009), again shows off his knack for filming dramatic stories in tough locations.

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DIRECTOR: Kim Tae-Kyun
Producer: Kim Jun-Jong
Editor: Shin Min-Kyung
Screenwriter: Kim Gwang-Hoon
Cinematographer: Jung Han-Chul
Music: Kim Jun-Seok
Principal Cast: Hee-soon Park, Kei Shimizu
Filmography: Higanjima (2009), Crossing (2008), A Millionaire’s First Love (2006), Romance On Their Own (2004), Volcano High(2001)
Print Source: Showbox/Mediaplex - www.showbox.co.kr/

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