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'Ode to My Father' stirs the box office and debate in South Korea
'Ode to My Father' stirs the box office and debate in South Korea

South Korea's path from postwar poverty to modern wealth is a rags-to-riches tale well suited to cinema, and it's intimately presented through one family in "Ode to My Father," the country's latest box office smash. Amid its success, "Ode" has sparked criticism from some in South Korea who argue that in attempting to honor the hard work of the postwar generation, the film glosses over the human costs of the country's speedy development. Korea was decimated by the 1950-53 civil war, in which more than a million people died. Over the next several decades, South Koreans built one of the world's 15 largest economies from the rubble. The speed...

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