When the number of North Korean spies declined in 1970 to 1980s, the national intelligence turned its attention to indirect infiltration through Japan. Amidst illegal arrests, torture and Korean society turning on their back, the young overseas Korean from Japan became spies. From 2010, the fabrication of this spy fabrication incident began.

Among 130 victims, all 36 petitions who filed for the retrial were found innocent.
There are still lots of victims out there hiding with a tainted name. Kim Hyosun, the former journalist of <The Hankyoreh> who was imprisoned as a political prisoner at the same time, goes on a journey to apologize and comfort the victims.

  • Hokyoung Lee
  • Hokyoung Lee
  • JeongHun Cho
  • YongHa Suh
  • Jihwan Kim
    Sound Editor
  • Inwoo Park
    Original Music
  • Kazumi Kawasumi
    Key Cast
  • Yumi Onishi
    Key Cast
  • Kaoru Murakami
    Key Cast
  • Hyosun Kim
    Key Cast
  • Chul Lee
    Key Cast
  • jongheon Kang
    Key Cast
  • Jongsu Lee
    Key Cast
  • Seonghyo Kim
    Key Cast
  • Yongsu Ryu
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Television
  • Genres:
    Jainichi, Korean-Japanese, Fake Spy, Spy manupulation
  • Runtime:
    49 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 19, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Japan, Korea, Republic of
  • Language:
    Japanese, Korean
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • KBS Media
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Hokyoung Lee

Born in 1971. Entered KBS in 2000
<The Lowlives of Osaka>Bangkok International Documentary Awards Besto Minority Related Documentary (2021)
<Street New Yorkers>The 23rd Asian TV Awards Short Documentary Winner (2018)
< A Cruel Gift>ABU Prizes TV Documentary Winner (2017)
<A Cruel Gift>New York Festivals – TV & Film Awards Human Interest Gold(2017)
< A Cruel Gift>WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival Documentary Jury Prize (2017)
< A Cruel Gift>URTI TV Documentary Bronze (2016)
< My Daughter Miyoko, Missing for 63 Years >WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival History-Culture Program Silver (2014)
< The Moment with Blue Veils>WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival Religious Program Grand Prize (2014)
<Maps, Memories of Civilization>Sichuan TV Festival Documentary Grand Prize and Best Director (2013)

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Director Statement

Overseas Koreans from Japan who were born and raised in Japan, went to Korea, their motherland to learn their mother tongue and to find their own identity. However, the Korean Central Intelligence Agency arrested them illegally and tortured and made them into North Korean spies. This program shows the victims of this spy fabrication incident that shattered their dreams and youth.