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Heart is... (마음이...)

마음이... (Ma-eum-i...)

Directed by Oh Dal-gyoon (오달균)

Screenplay by


97min | Release date in South Korea :

Alternative title : Hearty Paws


11-year-old Chan-yi is looking after his lovely younger sister So-yi, by himself ever since their mother left them to find her own future. Despite their desperate situation of being abandoned by family and neighbors, these kids try their best to carry on life. One day, a little puppy joins this small family as Chan-yi steals it from an old couple’s kennel as a gift his sister’s birthday. Especially clever, this dog, whose name is “Ma-eum”, returns the love received from his new family with great loyalty and it seems as though their happiness would continue forever…only until a sudden accident brings them into collapse.


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  • In Korea, dogs finally get their day

    2014/08/30, Source,
    Dog owners pose with their pets at the second Animal Film Festival in Suncheon, South Jeolla, a six-day festival that ended yesterday. By Oh Jong-chan "I give him love, unconditional love. Only death will part us. I can always trust his love. It's unfeigned and passionate". This affectionate line is not from a romantic comedy, nor is it in reference to a man or a woman. Rather, it's from a movie about a dog that was shown during the second Animal Film Festival in Suncheon, South Jeolla. The six-day event, which ended yesterday, saw about 5,000 people swarm to the festival venue with their dogs or cats, despite the cloudy weather in Suncheon and the heavy rain across the country,...More
  • Korea's first animal film fest kicks off in Suncheon

    2013/08/24, Source,
    Suri, an abandoned Maltese, is this year's mascot at the Animal Film Festival in Suncheon. The first-ever Animal Film Festival in Suncheon kicked off yesterday in the agricultural and industrial hub of South Jeolla. Celebrities like Kim Min-joon, Oh Yeon-seo, Gal So-won and the golden retriever Dali, the star of "Heart is..." and "Heart is... 2", turned up to lend some glitz to the event,...More
  • [Review] Heart Is…

    2012/05/18, Source,
    One of the many versions of the cover If you saw this film with friends you probably noticed something. Anybody who was present didn't leave with dry eyes. Heart is... is a melancholy tale about a wonderfully innocent pair of children, neglected by their mother, forced to live with relatives, who eventually move and are unable to support them any longer. Directed by Oh Dal-gyoon, "Heart is..." is a tragic masterpiece which comments on the brutality of society, particularly on the dimension of human trafficking,...More
  • Adorable scene stealers nose their way onto screen

    2011/08/25, Source,
    Animal actors don't need much to make them happy - a simple snack and a penchant for play will do. Stills of films with furry actors, from left: "Mr. Popper's Penguins" and "Champ" As the scene stealers that everybody loves to lavish with attention, animal actors don't need much to make them happy - a simple snack and a penchant for play will do. And although they were long relegated to supporting roles as household pets, animal actors are now figuring more prominently in films that cast them as heros, underdogs and mystical diviners of the future. One such film is "Champ", slated for release on Sept. 7. Based on a true story, the film depicts the relationship between a recently injured racehorse named Woo-bak and the jockey (Cha Tae-hyeon) who is gradually losing his eyesight that tries to tame him,...More
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Showbox (쇼박스)
 Lee Jeon-ho (이전호)
 Poster designer
 Moon Bong-seop (문봉섭)
 Production department
97 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
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Release date in South Korea : 2006/10/26
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2006.11.19 : 765,811 admissions (total)
As of 2006.11.12 : 686,210 admissions (total)
As of 2006.11.05 : 520,975 admissions (total)
As of 2006.10.29 : 280,685 admissions (total)

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I like Yoo Seung Ho here! Sooo captivating in acting! :D
2011-06-02 20:12:07
2009-07-02 23:00:08
Love this movie...
Nice Movie. All of the kids in our home cried when they saw this film. They are succesful in conveying the films message to the audience :-)
2008-11-01 15:48:39
2008-09-17 16:59:20
this is a very heartwarming movie & highly recommended; that dog Dali is so smart! i also love this child actor Yoo seung! i'd see this again next time it's one of my favorites!
i can't wait to see this movie! you're so good in Sad Love Story w/c i just finished watching on dvd! stay cool!
2008-01-15 07:15:43
2007-10-02 18:57:19
and I LOVE that dog. in the movie, he was such a good dog, and he was so cool.
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