35mm - DCP - HD - 2012 - France / Belgium - 70 Min - Color

Approved For Adoption

Approved for Adoption (original title)

A film by JUNG and Laurent BOILEAU

Cartoonist. 42 years old according to his civil status, Jung prefers to place his birth at the age of 5, when a policeman found him wandering alone on the streets of Seoul. He is one of those 200 000 adopted Koreans spread around the world. Jung decided to return, for the first time, in South Korea, in order to breathe the air of his home country, tread the land of his ancestors, and maybe find traces of his biological mother. This trip of reconciliation with his roots and with himself – shot as a documentary — leads our character to recall – in animation – the child he once was and the winding path that made him grow up, until the encounter with his wife, an adopted Korean herself. This travel in time – the present of the trip and the memory of the past – will push him little by little towards a peaceful cohabitation between his inner diversities.

JUNG and Laurent BOILEAU


Jung was born on December 2nd, 1965 in Seoul, in South Korea. Adopted by a Belgian family in 1971, he adopts the name of Jung Henin. After his studies at the academy of the Art schools of Brussels, in Illustration section, he began to illustrate some short articles in Spirou and Tintin. He then works a few months in the workshop of Yslaire and Darasse, and illustrates also the covers of Belgian Business Magazine. His first volumes were published in  1991  and then in 2006 he published Skin color: honey, an autobiographical account in black and white for the editions Soleil.

Laurent Boileau, 43 years, worked for 10 years as chief operator and then as chief editor on many documentaries. His passion for comics and more generally on the graphic arts led him to make several films about the 9th art. On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, he developed an animated series for RTBF and curiosphere.tv (also distributed at the Festival de Pessac). Alongside his work as a director, he has chronicled the outputs of BD on the news site actuabd.com and animated comics site of France Televisions.

JUNG and Laurent BOILEAU

Original language: French


Theatrical Distributor in France: Gebeka Films - release 6th of June 2012

Theatrical Distributor in Benelux: Cinéart - release 13th of June 2012


Audience Award - Annecy Animation Film Festival 2012

Unicef Award (Best film about children rights) - Annecy Animation Film Festival 2012

Montreal International Children's Film Festival - Grand Prix

Montreal International Children's Film Festival - INIS prize