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A Brand New Life (2009)
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Inspired by her childhood, French-Korean filmmaker Ounie Lecomte recounts the emotional journey of a little girl abandoned by her father in an orphanage.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sae-ron Kim ...
Jinhee
Do Yeon Park ...
Sookhee
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Ye-shin
Myeong-shin Park ...
Bomo
Man-seok Oh ...
Director Koo
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Jinhee's father
Seong-kun Mun ...
Doctor
Hyun-joo Baek ...
Sister Lim
Yejin Jeong ...
Sister Park
Hackjin Mun ...
Seongsoo
Yoo-nah Kim ...
Mrs. Choi
Hanbyoul Lee ...
Miseong
Robert Youngs ...
Sookhee's adoptive father
Lara Tosh ...
Sookhee's adoptive mother
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The American pupeteer (as Richard Wilson)
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Young Jinhee is taken by her father to an orphanage near Seoul. He leaves her there never to return, and she struggles to come to grips with her fate. Jinhee desperately believes her father will come back for her and take her on a trip. The film is based on the experiences of the director, an ethnic Korean who was adopted by a French couple in the 1970s. Written by peter07

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Good film, yet....
3 February 2010 | by (Seoul, Korea) – See all my reviews

...yet I was left wanting for more. I didn't get to know much about Jinhee, why she was there, what happened to her family, and the like. Yet in real life, as this movie was based on, we often don't get the answers we seek or that would make sense of our situation. One reviewer said it wasn't a tearjerker but a heart tugger, and I tend to agree. The roles were beautifully played the child cast and a few cameos were nice by two of Korea's leading male actors who played Jinhee's father and a sympathetic doctor.

The sad thing is, Koreans still dump unwanted children into orphanages to this day, a lot of whom are the product of out-of-wedlock relationships. It's horrible to have the children suffer for the mistakes of adults.


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