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A Brand New Life (2009)

Yeo-haeng-ja (original title)
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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Ounie Lecomte

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Ounie Lecomte
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sae-ron Kim ... Jinhee
Do Yeon Park Do Yeon Park ... Sookhee
Ko Asung ... Ye-shin (as Ah-sung Ko)
Myung-shin Park Myung-shin Park ... Bomo
Man-seok Oh Man-seok Oh ... Director Koo
Kyung-gu Sol ... Jinhee's father
Seong-kun Mun ... Doctor
Hyun-joo Baek Hyun-joo Baek ... Sister Lim
Yejin Jeong Yejin Jeong ... Sister Park
Hackjin Mun Hackjin Mun ... Seongsoo
Yoo-nah Kim Yoo-nah Kim ... Mrs. Choi
Hanbyoul Lee Hanbyoul Lee ... Miseong
Robert Youngs Robert Youngs ... Sookhee's adoptive father
Lara Tosh Lara Tosh ... Sookhee's adoptive mother
Richard E. Wilson ... 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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Official Sites:

Diaphana [France]

Country:

France | South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

29 October 2009 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A Brand New Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea

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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Beautiful
3 October 2009 | by bhca22See all my reviews

This movie is very beautiful to watch. I saw it at the Toronto International Film Festival '09 at the Isabel Bader theatre. Though heartbreaking, I found myself wanting to make every small moment last, as if holding onto the only remaining photo of a person lost.

The acting from everybody, including all the small children, was very good and believable. They seemed honest and innocent, including the adult supporting characters. Some very impactful moments from secondary characters with small but important parts. They said things without having to actually say anything at all. I left feeling like the movie was neither too long or too short, so I found the timing perfect.

When would this be released in Canada? I would love to view it again.


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