MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,492 this week

A Brand New Life (2009)
"Yeo-haeng-ja" (original title)

7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 1,294 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 18 critic

Inspired by her childhood, French-Korean filmmaker Ounie Lecomte recounts the emotional journey of a little girl abandoned by her father in an orphanage.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 26 Jul 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 27 Aug 2011
 
list image
a list of 34 titles
created 11 Sep 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 05 Dec 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Yeo-haeng-ja" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Brand New Life (2009)

A Brand New Life (2009) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Brand New Life.
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Poetry (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

Director: Chang-dong Lee
Stars: Jeong-hie Yun, Da-wit Lee, Hira Kim
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

On an isolated lake, an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him who learns to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass by.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim
Nobody Knows (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Yûya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura
A Separation (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Stars: Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat
Amour (2012)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Director: Michael Haneke
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert
The Hunt (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp
Tokyo Sonata (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyôko Koizumi, Yû Koyanagi
Babel (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal
Confessions (2010)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Stars: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young... See full summary »

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Yeo-reum Han, Ji-min Kwak, Eol Lee
Biutiful (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Stars: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness.

Director: Hey-jun Lee
Stars: Min-heui Hong, So-yeon Jang, Jae-yeong Jeong
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sae-ron Kim ...
Jinhee
Do Yeon Park ...
Sookhee
...
Ye-shin
Myeong-shin Park ...
Bomo
Man-seok Oh ...
Director Koo
Kyung-gu Sol ...
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
...
The American pupeteer (as Richard Wilson)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

orphanage | korean | 1970s | little girl | girl | See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

29 October 2009 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Yeo-haeng-ja  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A sad and beautiful masterpiece, played wonderfully by Sae Ron Kim
12 January 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Life can appear very strange, when no-one is there to explain it. Especially when you're a child and you have plenty of questions. This is a big question which started the day when a father, with no explanations left his daughter at an orphanage. A Brand New Life takes its spectator to childhood - to a time when we asked many things and perhaps got no answers and no explanations why things happen exactly this way. Film is through and through seen from the eyes of a child, but brought to it's richness with the help of a wonderful script and skillful camera, allowing its spectator to put aside for a while his adult point of view and just observe, and try to understand. This is the story of a little girl, Jinhee, played marvelously by Mademoiselle Sae Ron Kim. She poses questions, but there never comes an honest answer why her life has turned out like this.

A Brand New Life achieves a perfect harmony, one element underlines the other one. The long takes allow the spectator to grasp, how long the time in orphanage seemed for Jinhee, the relatively small amounts of dialogs depicts the introvert child, whose emotions break out through some furious actions. The gray tone palette which en-tours the setting of the orphanage shows very understandable the sadness of this place.

Film touches not only an auto-biographical story, but the sad truth of life – we all know that there are thousands of places like this around the world. And there are thousands of children who, perhaps, have mastered this tragicomic show for the visitors, the potential new families.

In conclusion I'd like to say that this is a very daring film, knowing that this was a true story and a true childhood, perhaps lived through second by second as we see it on the screen. I must say that it's a brave choice to put a story like this on the screen. But its greatest value is the absence of a pathos and absence of a depiction the children as a victims of the cruelty of life. A Brand New Life is hope and search for the answers through and through it.


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss A Brand New Life (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?