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A Brand New Life (여행자)

여행자 (Yeo-haeng-ja)

Directed by Ounie Lecomte (우니 르콩트)

Screenplay by


92min | Release date in South Korea :

"A Brand New Life" is a co-production between South Korea and France.
1975. Jinhee is 9. Her father entrusts her to a convent of Catholic nuns that houses an orphanage for girls in the hope that she will be adopted. She cannot believe that this father whom she loves so much has abandoned her. She attempts to run away. In vain, she finally ac- cepts her fate, forced to hope and wait for her possible adoption.
Jinhee’s time at the orphanage will be one of multiple and permanent separations, of barely forged bonds destined to be shattered. And, at the journey’s end, there will be the promise, perhaps of a new life, of a brand new life.


A Brand New Life | Cast

  • Kim Sae-ron (김새론)
    Kim Sae-ron (김새론)
    Jin-hee (진희)
  • Park Do-yeon (박도연)
    Park Do-yeon (박도연)
    Sook-hee (숙희)
  • Go Ah-sung (고아성)
    Go Ah-sung (고아성)
    Ye-sin (예신)
  • Park Myung-shin (박명신)
    Park Myung-shin (박명신)
    Nanny (보모)
  • Oh Man-seok-I (오만석)
    Oh Man-seok-I (오만석)
    Director Koo (구 원장)
  • Sol Kyung-gu (설경구)
    Sol Kyung-gu (설경구)
    Jin-hee's father (진희 아빠)
  • Moon Sung-keun (문성근)
    Moon Sung-keun (문성근)
    Doctor (의사)
  • Baek Hyun-joo (백현주)
    Baek Hyun-joo (백현주)
    Sister Im (임 수녀)
  • Jung Ye-jin-I (정예진)
    Jung Ye-jin-I (정예진)
    Sister Park (박 수녀)
    Moon Hak-jin (문학진)
    Seong-soo (성수)
    Kim Yeong (김영)
    Lady Choi (최 여사)
    Lee Han-byeol (이한별)
    Mi-seong (미성)
    Robert Youngs (로버트 영스)
    Sook-hee's adopted father (숙희 양부)
    Lara Tosh (라라 토쉬)
    Sook-hee's adopted mother (숙희 양모)
    Richard Wilson (리차드 윌슨)
    Puppet show, American soldier (인형극, 미군)
    Ko In-bae (고인배)
    Priest (신부님)
    Hwang Hye-yeong (황혜영)
    Nurse 1 (간호사 1)
    Kim Min-seo (김민서)
    Kim Na-hee, nursery school (김나희, 원아들)
  • Kim Yoo-nah (김유나)
    Kim Yoo-nah (김유나)
    Kim Soo-ji, nursery school (김수지, 원아들)
    Park Hyeon-jin (박현진)
    Park Han-byeol, nursery school (박한별, 원아들)
    Sin Ye-eun (신예은)
    Song Joo-hyeon, nursery school (송주현, 원아들)
    Lee So-min (이소민)
    Lee Sang-eun, nursery school (이상은, 원아들)
    Lee Hyeon-joo (이현주)
    Lee Tae-rim, nursery school (이태림, 원아들)
  • Joo Ji-won (주지원)
    Joo Ji-won (주지원)
    Jeong Hye-won, nursery school (정혜원, 원아들)
    Joo Ji-won (주지원)
    Jeong Hye-won, nursery school (정혜원, 원아들)
    Kim Na-yoon (김나윤)
    Kwon Seon-joo, nursery school (권선주, 원아들)
    Kim Seo-bin (김서빈)
    Kim Min-joo, nursery school (김민주, 원아들)
    Nam So-jeong (남소정)
    Kim Ye-eun, nursery school (김예은, 원아들)
    Baek Ji-seon (백지선)
    Park Hye-min, nursery school (박혜민, 원아들)
    Lee Gyoo-rin (이규린)
    Won Hyo, nursery school (원효, 원아들)
    Lee Yoon-seo (이윤서)
    Lee Yeong-seon, nursery school (이영선, 원아들)
    Jeong Byeo-ri (정벼리)
    Lee Hee-yeon, nursery school (이희연, 원아들)
    Ham Hye-yeon (함혜연)
    Jin Min-yeong, nursery school (진민영, 원아들)
    Harvey Schmidt (하비 슈미트)
    Jin-hee's adopted father (진희 양부)
    Titi Coldroo (티티 콜드루)
    Jin-hee's adopted mother (진희 양모)
    Natalia Sanches (나탈리아 산체스)
    Jin-hee's adopted sister (진희 양언니)
    Eric M. Zimmerman (에릭 M. 짐머만)
    Western man in airplane (비행기안 서양인 남)
    Daniel Jeoung (다니엘 정)
    Western woman in airplane (비행기안 서양인 여)
    Sin Yeong-sik (신영식)
    Ye-sin's adopted father (예신 양부)
    Sin Jae-yeong (신재영)
    Ye-sin's adopted mother (예신 양모)
    Kim Min-goo (김민구)
    Newborn child (갓난아기)
    No Yeong-joon (노영준)
    Two-year-old child (2세 아기)
    Park Kyeong-ae (박경애)
    Clothes store owner (옷가게 주인)
    Kim Myeong-sin (김명신)
    Restaurant owner (식당 주인)
    Kwon Seon-joo (권선주)
    Pastry shop worker (제과점 종업원)
    Joo Min-ji (주민지)
    Nurse 2 (간호사 2)
    Elphic Brett Michael (엘픽 브렛 미카엘)
    American soldier (미군)
    Luke Benjamin Doyle (루크 벤야민 도일)
    American soldier (미군)
    Amy Woo (에이미 우)
    American soldier (미군)

A Brand New Life | HanCinema Reviews

  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "A Brand New Life"

    Jin-hee (played by Kim Sae-ron) is a sad, angry child. She doesn't look like one for the first several minutes of the movie- Jin-hee's genuinely having a lot of fun on a day out with her dad, whose face is oddly obscured. But there's a rather ominous foreboding in the languid way this man interacts with his daughter. That and the absence of sound, which gives the impression of a dead world. Or at least, one that's soon to be dead. "A Brand New Life" is a very judgmental film, but surprisingly, it doesn't come off as overbearing or cruel, even though writer / director Ounie Lecomte is herself a Korean adoptee who was adopted at a late age,...More

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 Produced by
 Lee Chang-dong (이창동)
 Lee Dong-ha-IV (이동하)
 Lee Joon-dong (이준동)
 Lee Jung-hwa-I (이정화)
 Kim Hyeong-joo (김형주)
 Lee Jong-eon (이종언)
 Directing department
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92 min 35mm Panoramic (1.85) Dolby SRD
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Airing dates : 2009/10/29
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2010.04.18 : 18,311 admissions (total)
As of 2010.01.10 : 17,066 admissions (total)
As of 2009.12.13 : 16,748 admissions (total)
As of 2009.11.22 : 16,184 admissions (total)
As of 2009.11.15 : 15,401 admissions (total)
As of 2009.11.08 : 12,947 admissions (total)
As of 2009.11.01 : 6,259 admissions (total)

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