Featuring a middle-aged veteran living in the Fengtien industrial area, Hualien county, the film is a realistic and powerful portrayal of his simple daily life. It is a film about ordinary people at an unordinary historical moment. The power of the film resides in its attempt to represent the subjects the way they are and to leave the task of interpretation to the viewers.
Before the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the Korean government forced the redevelopment of Daldongne, for the poor hillside village was not to be seen by foreign guests arriving for the Games. Including Sanggye-dong, residents of two hundred Daldongne areas were expelled from their home. The government demolished all the houses and repressed them with gangsters, bulldozers and riot police.
In 1992, I became acquainted with two 'unconverted' long-term political prisoners from North Korea. Sent to the South as spies, they were arrested and spent thirty years in prison, serving out their sentences without renouncing their communist beliefs. In 2000, sixty-three former 'unconverted' prisoners were repatriated to the North. And I tried to go to Pyongyang to meet them.