A North Korean Spy or Democracy Fighter? We search for a man whose disputed identity sparked a national controversy.
Mr. Kim begins with a photo of a young man taken during the 1980 Gwangju Massacre. In May 2015, right-wing commentator JEE Man-won claims that the man in the photo was the leader of approximately 600 North Korean special forces who perpetrated the Gwangju Uprising. Survivors outraged by JEE's claim of North Korea's involvement in the uprising sue JEE for defamation and distorting the history of the uprising, yet no one remembers who the man in the photo was. JOO Ok, a 56-year-old laundry woman, sees the photo at a new museum and remembers him as “Mr. Kim,” a homeless man who collected wastes in the neighborhood. Who is “Mr. Kim,” and where has he gone? Based on JOO's memory, we embark on a journey to find out the truth about “Mr. Kim.”
Born in 1983 in Seoul, KANG Sang-woo studied film, physics, and computer science in college. His shorts CLEAN ME, Anmado, and A Silk Letter were shown at film festivals such as Vancouver International Film Festival, Indieforum, Seoul Independent Film Festival, Misc-en-scene Short Film Festival, and Seoul International Experimental Film Festival.
SHIN Yeon-kyoung studied cultural studies in graduate school. She has participated in making various documentary films such as Anyang, Paradise City(2010), Wandering Stars(2012), Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits(2013) and Weekends(2015).