A North Korean Spy or Democracy Fighter? We search for a man whose disputed identity sparked a national controversy.
KIM-GUN begins with a photo of an armed young man taken during the 1980 Gwangju Uprising and the ensuing Massacre. 35 years later, the identity of the man has become a source of controversy: ex-army official JEE Man-won claims the man is one of the North Korean special agents whose mission was to instigate anti-government violence. Outraged survivors consider legal actions against JEE for defamation and hate speech, but fail to find any witnesses who remember the man. It is when Joo-ok, a 56-year-old laundry woman, sees the photo and recognizes the face that things begin to change. Joo remembers him as ‘KIM-GUN,’ a homeless man who collected scraps on the street and slept under a local bridge. Starting from Joo's memory of the man, the documentary sets out in search of the missing man.
*'gun' is a honorific used for young males in Korean language.
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 Yeonkyoung 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).
Born in 1987 in Tokyo and raised in Jeju and Seoul, KO Yoohee studied the history and aesthetics of cinema and documentary in the context of contemporaneity in graduate school. She worked for feature documentaries such as Scenery (2013, associate director), and KIM-GUN (2018, producer), as well as for contemporary art projects at Asia Culture Center Theater (ACCT). She is currently producing feature documentary E.S.P. with Director JUNG Jae-hoon.
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