Family Ties (film)

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Family Ties
Poster for the Korean film Family Ties.jpg
Revised Romanization Gajokeui tansaeng
McCune–Reischauer Kajokŭi t‘ansaeng
Directed by Kim Tae-yong
Produced by Bae Yong-kook
Jung Tae-woon
Written by Kim Tae-yong
Sung Ki-young
Starring Moon So-ri
Go Doo-shim
Uhm Tae-woong
Gong Hyo-jin
Kim Hye-ok
Bong Tae-gyu
Jung Yu-mi
Music by Cho Sung-woo
Cinematography Jo Yong-gyu
Edited by Sung Su-ah
Distributed by Lotte Entertainment
Release date
  • May 18, 2006 (2006-05-18)
Running time
113 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$2,500,000[1]
Box office US$1,040,300[2]

Family Ties (Hangul가족의 탄생; RRGajokeui tansaeng; lit. "Birth of a Family") is the second film by South Korean director Kim Tae-yong.[3][4][5] Mismarketed as a slapstick comedy through its promotional posters,[6] the film is actually a generation-to-generation view of two families through love and life.[7][8]


The film is divided into three different 'family' portraits. The first two take place at roughly the same time.[9]

In part one, restaurateur Mi-ra (Moon So-ri) is satisfied with her ordered, if solitary, life until her ex-con brother Hyung-chul (Uhm Tae-woong) suddenly appears with his much older new wife Mu-shin (Go Doo-shim) in tow. Mi-ra reluctantly allows them to stay a time with her at the family home, but friction builds over a short time and with the unexpected arrival of Mu-shin's young stepdaughter Chae-hyun, the three adults quickly reach a breaking point.

Part two concerns a quick-tempered young woman Sun-kyung (Gong Hyo-jin) and her relationship with her estranged mother (Kim Hye-ok).[10] Sun-kyung's resentment toward her mother is exacerbated by an affair the latter is having with a married man (Ju Jin-mo). Sun-kyung diligently tries to find employment in Japan, but once her mother dies of cancer, she must care for her young half-brother Kyung-suk and abandon her expatriation.

Part three brings together the first two story lines with the relationship of Chae-hyun (Jung Yu-mi) and Kyung-suk (Bong Tae-gyu) some years later. Kyung-suk, now a college student, is extremely jealous of Chae-hyun's openness to other men in her life and their compatibility is tested as a result of what he considers her "easy" behavior [her promiscuity is neither confirmed or denied]. The film ends with Kyung-suk being accepted by Chae-hyun's adopted family from part one.[11]


Part 1[edit]

  • Moon So-ri as Lee Mi-ra
  • Uhm Tae-woong as Lee Hyung-chul
  • Go Doo-shim as Oh Mu-shin
  • Lee Ra-hye as young Chae-hyun
  • Jung Heung-chae as President Kim
  • Kim Kkot-bi as regular student customer at food stall 1
  • Lee Na-ri as regular student customer at food stall 2
  • Hwang Eun-ji as regular student customer at food stall 3
  • Lee Jin-seon as regular student customer at food stall 4
  • Kim Dong-young as regular student customer at food stall 5
  • Jo Joon-hwan as regular student customer at food stall 6
  • Jo Sung-hwan as regular student customer at food stall 7
  • Lee In-chul as 동동구리무
  • Kang-to as Mi-ra's dog

Part 2[edit]

  • Gong Hyo-jin as Yoo Sun-kyung
  • Kim Hye-ok as Mae-ja
  • Kim Hee-soo as young Kyung-suk
  • Joo Jin-mo as Woon-shik
  • Ryoo Seung-bum as Joon-ho, Sun-kyung's ex-boyfriend (cameo)
  • Park Joong-hyun as interviewer 1
  • Kim Hyun-ah as interviewer 2
  • Song Jeong-woo as interviewer 3
  • Oh Hye-won as homeroom teacher
  • Kyungil High School Marching Band as marching band
  • Song Hyun-hee as Japanese tourist
  • Han Yoo-na as Joon-ho's girlfriend
  • Lee Hyun-soon as Woon-shik's wife
  • Chu Seung-yeob as Woon-shik's son 1
  • Kim Tae-hoon as Woon-shik's son 2

Part 3[edit]

  • Bong Tae-gyu as Choi Kyung-suk
  • Jung Yu-mi as Chae-hyun
  • Im Jung-eun as Hyun-ah
  • Go Kyu-pil as Chae-hyun/Kyung-suk's friend 1
  • Jeon Mi-young as Chae-hyun/Kyung-suk's friend 2
  • Jo Myung-yeon as Tae-shik
  • Hong Jae-sung as Sang-ho
  • Kim Tae-yoon as Young-ho
  • Shin Ye-won as child seated at rear end of train
  • Ryu Seung-hyun as debt creditor man
  • Woo Hyun as Go Mul-sang
  • Jo Hee-bong as man fighting on train
  • Lee Eun-jung as woman fighting on train
  • Park Mi-hyun as pregnant woman
  • Monk Jungwae as monk

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
14th Chunsa Film Art Awards
Best New Actor Uhm Tae-woong Won
7th Busan Film Critics Awards
Best Screenplay Kim Tae-yong, Sung Ki-young Won
Best Director Kim Tae-yong Won
26th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards
Best Film Family Ties Won [12]
47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Jameson Audience Award Kim Tae-yong Won [13][14]
Best Actress Moon So-ri, Go Doo-shim,
Gong Hyo-jin, Kim Hye-ok
Best Screenplay Kim Tae-yong, Sung Ki-young Won
Golden Alexander
(Best Feature Film)
Family Ties Won
27th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Best Supporting Actress Jung Yu-mi Won [15]
Best Screenplay Kim Tae-yong, Sung Ki-young Nominated [16]
Best Director Kim Tae-yong Won [15]
Best Film Family Ties Nominated [16]
5th Korean Film Awards
Best New Actress Jung Yu-mi Nominated [17]
Best Actress Gong Hyo-jin Nominated
Best Editing Sung Su-ah Nominated
Best Screenplay Kim Tae-yong, Sung Ki-young Nominated
Best Director Kim Tae-yong Nominated
Best Film Family Ties Nominated
43rd Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Screenplay Kim Tae-yong, Sung Ki-young Nominated
Best Director Kim Tae-yong Nominated
44th Grand Bell Awards
Best Supporting Actress Kim Hye-ok Nominated
Best Screenplay Kim Tae-yong, Sung Ki-young Won [18]
Best Director Kim Tae-yong Nominated
Best Film Family Ties Won [18]
9th Deauville Asian Film Festival
Lotus Jury Prize Family Ties Won


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  2. ^ "Box office by Country: Family Ties". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  3. ^ Paquet, Darcy (23 May 2007). "An Interview with Kim Tae-yong". Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Review and Q&A: 가족의 탄생 (Gajokeui tansaeng/FamilyTies)". Otherwhere. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ "TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Kim Tae-yong: "I am curious to see the reaction of a foreign audience". IndieWire. 9 September 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  6. ^ Brown, Todd (1 September 2006). "TIFF Report: Family Ties Review". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  7. ^ Soh, Joon (18 May 2006). "Family Plays by Its Own Wonderful Rules". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  8. ^ Lee, Yong-sung (22 May 2006). "Film sees love, not blood ties, key for family". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  9. ^ Paquet, Darcy. "Family Ties". Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  10. ^ Huh, Mun-myung (9 June 2006). "Rising Star". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  11. ^ Park, Soo-mee (15 August 2006). "Family ties and feminine heartstrings". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  12. ^ Paquet, Darcy (26 December 2006). "Pair win top prizes at Korean awards". Variety. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  13. ^ "The Awards of the 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival". Thessaloniki International Film Festival. 26 November 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  14. ^ D'Sa, Nigel (8 December 2006). "Family Ties Takes Top Prize in Greece". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  15. ^ a b D'Sa, Nigel (21 December 2006). "BONG's Host Takes Top Prize at Blue Dragon". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  16. ^ a b "The 27th Blue Dragon Awards". The Korea Society. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  17. ^ "5th Korean Film Awards: Nominees" (in Korean). Korean Film Awards. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  18. ^ a b D'Sa, Nigel (13 June 2007). "Family Ties Wins Top Prize at Home". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 

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Succeeded by
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