Yeonsoon Kisook

Yeon-Soon was selected for the women’s army and dispatched to the best combat division when she was 18. Ki-Sook was chosen as a student soldier and successfully advanced up the Yalu River at 17. They are now 90 years old. Afraid trauma would hinder her family, Ki Sook hid her National Veterans Medallions from her children. Fearful of not marrying, Yeon Soon buried her experience as a female soldier. Yeon Soon looks for Kwak Bok Soon, a comrade she lost contact with after the war.

  • YeJin OH
    Director
  • Tae-woo UHM
    Director
  • Sunhwa BAEK
    Director
  • Myunghee LIM
    Writer
  • Seulki HWANG
    Writer
  • Jaebok CHOI
    Producer
  • Kukchan HWANG
    Producer
  • Sohee SONG
    Key Cast
    "Narrator"
  • Chae-ah KIM
    Key Cast
    "Reenactment Actor "
  • Young-rin BAEK
    Key Cast
    "Reenactment Actor "
  • Sungyoon CHO
    Key Cast
    "Reenactment Actor "
  • Yuna CHO
    Key Cast
    "Reenactment Actor "
  • Hyunjin/ YOO
    Photographer
  • Heegon HWAG
    Photographer
  • Gwonil PARK
    Music
  • Live Miso
    Sound Recording
  • Taehee KANG
    Lighting Director
  • Hochul PARK
    Re-recording Mixer
  • Jihoon SONG
    Visual Effects
  • Sunyoung MIN
    Subtitles Design
  • Jeongmin LEE
    Calligraphy
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Television
  • Genres:
    History Documentary, Korean War, Women volunteer soldiers
  • Runtime:
    53 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 6, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Language:
    Korean
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • PD of the Month
    Seoul
    Korea, Republic of
    July 1, 2021
    at Local Sector by Korean Producers and Directors Association
Distribution Information
  • KBS Media
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - YeJin OH, Tae-woo UHM, Sunhwa BAEK

A young, female director from South Korea. At the age of 23 in 2019, she made her debut as a Youtube creator. Her first video presented young Korean female high schoolers reciting a diary that belonged to their seniors from 100 years ago. She focused on the “Burning Sun Gate,” a major crime that swept Korea, discussing the issues of sexual exploitation in the country’s clubbing culture and coming up with alternative measures for women to have a safe clubbing experience. Later that year, she joined KBS and made her debut as a documentary director of <Yeon Soon, Ki Sook>.

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Director Statement

The two main characters of <Yeon Soon, Ki sook> are not the typical female victims portrayed in war history. These were independent women that paved their own way. But <Yeon Soon, Ki Sook> highlights the reason behind their inevitable choices to hide their service and put up a life-long act as an ‘ordinary woman.’ At an age way past 80, they finally reveal themselves to the world and trace the scars of war buried deep down in their hearts. From afar, this documentary watches over their road to recovery as they are cheered on by their future generation.