True Story - Post-Production 2017

A brief moment of dictatorship in a military town, the first love of photographer’s boy finally drags him into a harsh world that will determine his fate...

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • True Story, Historical, Drama
    • Countries
    • KOREA (South)
    • Languages
    • KOREAN
    • Director(s)
    • Su-Il JEON
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • In the mid-1980s, under a dictatorial regime, a 15-year-old, middle-school boy, Sang-kook lives in a small town close to a US military base. His father is a photographer and runs a studio. The father left behind family in North Korea, separated during the Korean War, and he frequently drinks in a local bar to cope with his feelings of longing and loss. Meanwhile, Sang-kook becomes fascinated by the black-and-white films and photographs he develops and prints during his father’s absences.

      But, Sang-kook is violently bullied at school by thuggish, older boys; who regularly force him to steal money from his father and hand it over to them.

      One day, a waitress at a club for US soldiers, Young-lim (20), comes to the studio to get her photo taken for an ID. Sang-kook falls instantly in love with her while taking her picture, but she regards him only as a child.

      Sang-kook unwillingly tells his mom about his father’s affair with a female bar owner. Fearing his father’s wrath, he avoids home and wanders the streets. Late one night, Sang-kook meets Young-lim by chance, in front of the US club. She takes him to her lodgings and they spend the night together.

      Back in daily life, Sang-kook can’t stop thinking about Young-lim, and when she returns to the studio their relationship develops. One night, Sang-kook sees Young-lim forced by her boss into a jeep with an American officer. Sang-kook follows the jeep on a bike, until it stops by the coast. The army officer starts to undress Young-lim. Disgusted, Sang-kook hits the officer in the head and he falls down bleeding. Young-lim screams. Sang-kook is brought before the authorities at the US army base.