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When I Turned Nine (2004)
"Ahobsal insaeng" (original title)

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A life of nine year old... It ain't an easy life! Yeo-min is a matured and thoughtful 9 year old boy who lives in a small mountain village. Even at his young age, he has too many things to ... See full summary »



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Directors: Jae-eun Jeong, Chan-wook Park, and 4 more credits »
Stars: Jong-hak Baek, Jeong-su Byeon, Ae-Yeon Jeong


Credited cast:
Seok Kim ...
Baek Yeo-min
Se-yeong Lee ...
Jang Woo-rim
Myeong-jae Kim ...
Shin Ki-jong
Ah-hyeon Na ...
Oh Geum-bok
Baek-ri Park ...
Black Swallow
Seon-kyeong Jeong ...
Yeo-min's mother
Dae-han Ji ...
Yeo-min's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ae-Yeon Jeong
Hyeon-jeong No


A life of nine year old... It ain't an easy life! Yeo-min is a matured and thoughtful 9 year old boy who lives in a small mountain village. Even at his young age, he has too many things to take care of. First, he has to protect his friends from the neighborhood bully Black Bird and keep peace in his neighborhood. Second, he must share his lunch with his best friend Ki-jong who lives alone with his sister. And, third, he has to sell ice cream bars after school to save enough money to buy a pair of sunglasses for his mother who injured her eye while working at a factory. He is a good son to his parents and a loyal friend to his buddies. He does well in spelling tests and has completely memorized the multiplication table. He is a nine year old boy who thinks he knows everything he needs to know about the world he lives in. Until... Even as a nine year old, there is a girl you want to protect! One day, a pretty city girl moves into his village. Her name is Woo-rim and she is by far the ... Written by CJ Entertainment

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26 March 2004 (South Korea)  »

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$13,533 (Hong Kong) (6 May 2005)


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Nine-year-old hero-gentleman
11 December 2004 | by (Seoul) – See all my reviews

I read the novel first and enjoyed it a lot. Saw the movie last week with my wife, We really liked it and were moved a lot several times. This is basically a love story. The lead role boy (Yeomin played Kim Seok) is very generous to the whimsical lead role girl (Woorim played by Lee Se Young). My first remark after the movie was saying to my wife that ¡°I am ashamed that I am narrow-minded and less understanding to you than nine-years-old¡±. Later I found most of viewers felt same. I heard many girls and wives took their boy friends and husbands to the movie to remind them how gentleman should treat lady. Kim Seok now has fan club mostly composed by young ladies sick of their narrow-minded boy friends. Acting were quite good. Not only the leading roles, Keumbok¡¯s crying scene after she lost her sweetheart to newcomer was quite good. The teacher-hit-child scene was quite hard to see but I have to admit that at the time teachers hit children a lot. Then, ¡®Save a stroke and spoil a child¡¯ was firmly believed by parents, teachers and even by the children. These days, of course, they won¡¯t dare to do that. Years ago when a teacher hit a spoiled child, his friend immediately called police for violence from classroom using his mobile phone. The mother-hit-son-scolding scene was also heart-aching esp. the son keep saying ¡®Mother, I am not ashamed of you are one-eyed¡¯. People select the best scene in the movie as the one after the shoe store owner shoved them out of the store saying bad things on her mother¡¯s spoiled one eye, Yeomin hold her mother¡¯s hand first to console her. She is lucky lady to have such a good son. Lee Se Young (Woo Rim) played one more school girl role this year where she competes with her lady teacher to win the heart of handsome male teacher. She is already a very charming girl and will grow into a good-acting-beautiful actress. As last, do not miss the title song which is played with ending credit. Ms Roh Young Sim who made music score for the movie is another talented lady.

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