In this dramatic morality tale about an impoverished North Korean fisherman, acclaimed filmmaker Kim Ki-duk (Spring, Summer, Fall Winter…and Spring, DFF26; Arirang, DFF34) lays bare the zealous paranoia that corrupts both sides of the Korean border.
Nam Chul-woo (Ryoo Seung-bum) lives a humble life with his wife and small child. His rickety fishing boat is his most treasured possession. When the boat’s engine burns out early one morning, he drifts into southern waters. Accused of being a spy, he is arrested by South Korean state security officials and harshly interrogated.
Chul-Woo turns out to be surprisingly resilient, and in an effort to test his innocence, he is released in downtown Seoul. (A riveting cinema-vérité sequence prefaces the fisherman’s introduction to the dark side of capitalism.) When he is finally returned home, Chul-woo’s apprehensions about North Korea’s own state security are quickly realized, and he finds he must prove his innocence all over again.
Producer: Kim Soon-Mo | Editor: Park Min-sun | Cinematographer: Kim Ki-duk | Screenwriter: Kim Ki-duk
Cast: Seung-bum Ryoo, Won-geun Lee, Young-min Kim, Guyhwa Choi, Min-seok Son, Ha-dam Jeong