When I Turned Nine

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When I Turned Nine
When I Turned Nine.jpg
Poster for When I Turned Nine (2004)
Hangul 아홉살 인생
Hanja 아홉살
Revised Romanization Ahobsal insaeng
McCune–Reischauer Ahopsal insaeng
Directed by Yun In-ho
Produced by Hwang Gi-seong
Hwang Gyeong-seong
Written by Lee Man-hee
Starring Kim Seok
Lee Se-young
Music by Noh Young-shim
Cinematography Chun Jo-myuong
Edited by Kim Hyeon
Distributed by Cinema Service
Release date
  • March 26, 2004 (2004-03-26)
Running time
105 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

When I Turned Nine (Hangul아홉살 인생; RRAhopsal insaeng; lit. "Life at Age Nine") is a 2004 South Korean drama film.[1]


The film focuses on Baek Yeo-min (Kim Seok), a thoughtful and mature nine-year-old boy living in 1970s Korea. Trying to help his one-eyed mother after noticing a pair of expensive glasses in a store, Yeo-min decides to make his own money by getting a job as an ice-cream boy, selling ice cream and doing chores until his mother notices the money he made and punishes Yeo-min, saying that he shouldn't have made money from his summer jobs.

During a school punishment, he meets a haughty new girl named Jang Woo-rim (Lee Se-young). At first they both don't like each other, but they soon become best friends. For many months they happily spend time together, but their relationship ends when she has to move back to Seoul to live with her father. The night before she leaves, Yeo-min gives her a surprise kiss on the cheek and runs away. Woo-rim later tells a surprised Yeo-rim that she is actually in love with him, and she leaves him a present: a pair of glasses for his mother. Walking away with his friends in the snow at the end of the movie, he looks back at her with a glum expression on his face.


  • Kim Seok as Baek Yeo-min
  • Lee Se-young as Jang Woo-rim
  • Na Ah-hyun as Oh Geum-bok
  • Kim Myung-jae as Shin Ki-jong
  • Jung Sun-kyung as Yeo-min's mother
  • Ahn Nae-sang as Tam-im
  • Ji Dae-han as Yeo-min's father
  • Seo Jin-won as Park Pal-bong
  • Shin Jung-geun as Black Swallow's father
  • Jung Ae-yeon as Kim Yoon-hee
  • Noh Hyeon-jeong as Black Swallow's mother
  • Go Seo-hee as Shin Ki-soon


Upon its release, the film attracted 352,182 viewers.[2]

It also won Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Child Actor/Actress at the 12th Chunsa Film Art Awards in 2004.[3]


  1. ^ Hartzell, Adam. "When I Turned Nine". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  2. ^ "Commercial Releases in 2004: Ranked Box-Office Results". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  3. ^ "When I Turned Nine unexpected winner of Chunsa Film Art Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 25 November 2004. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 

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