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Ahobsal insaeng (2004)

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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 »


In-ho Yun


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



Release Date:

26 March 2004 (South Korea) See more »

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When I Turned Nine See more »

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Wonderful movie
1 October 2005 | by luyendaoSee all my reviews

I have to say that the children acting in this movie were wonderful - i felt like i was watching adult actors rather than kids, and maybe that's a testimony to how kids grow up in Korea.

I really enjoyed this movie, it reminds, particularly in poorer parts of any country, how hard things are, and how unfortunately, being tough, also means surviving, and that's certainly true of Korean society and the way kids were raised before.

There were many poignant moments in this movie, of separation, love, jealousy, conflict - i can't remember the last time i watched such a well made movie, with almost all children actors.

The cinematography was really good, and if you've ever been to Korea, it's still like that in many parts, frozen in time almost.

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