A Brand New Life

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A Brand New Life
A Brand New Life movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Revised Romanization Yeohaengja
McCune–Reischauer Yŏhaengja
Directed by Ounie Lecomte
Produced by Lee Chang-dong
Laurent Lavole
Lee Joon-dong
Written by Ounie Lecomte
Starring Kim Sae-ron
Park Do-yeon
Music by Jim Sert
Cinematography Kim Hyun-seok
Edited by Kim Hyung-joo
Distributed by Finecut
DCG Plus
Release dates
  • May 20, 2009 (2009-05-20) (Cannes)
  • October 29, 2009 (2009-10-29) (South Korea)
Running time 92 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$167,776[1]

A Brand New Life (Hangul: 여행자; RR: Yeohaengja; MR: Yŏhaengja) is a 2009 film. The film is the debut feature of the director Ounie Lecomte, who directed and wrote this film.[2]

Loosely based on Lecomte's own life experience, A Brand New Life is set in Seoul in 1975, and is about a girl who is left in an all-girls Catholic orphanage by her father, and her struggle to adjust to her new lot in life.[2]

A Brand New Life was released in South Korea on October 29, 2009.[3] The film grossed over US$167,776,[1] and was well received by critics. It won several awards such as the Best Asian Film Award at the 22nd Tokyo International Film Festival and the jury award at the 2009 Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam.[3]


Jin-hee (Kim Sae-ron) is a 9-year-old girl whose father leaves her at an orphanage after remarrying. Before leaving her at the orphanage, her father buys her new clothes and a cake to convince her that she is going on a trip. (This coincides with the Korean title, which literally means "traveler" or "tourist") In the orphanage she tries to come to grips with the abandonment by her parents and insecurities about a possible adoption. She gradually makes friendships, although she retains the belief throughout most of the movie that her father will return to take her back, and struggles (sometimes violently) not to adjust to her surroundings. In the end, Jin-hee is adopted by French parents who are eagerly waiting for her at an airport to meet their new child.



  1. ^ a b "A Brand New Life". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  2. ^ a b "A Brand New Life on Worldmovie". WORLD MOVIES Channel. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  3. ^ a b "Korean-French Movie Honored at Tokyo Film Fest". The Chosun Ilbo. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 

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