Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

Shadow Flowers (2020)

The North Korean Ryun-hee Kim unwittingly ended up in South Korea in 2011. Returning to the neighbouring country turns out to be more difficult than expected.

Ryen-hi Kim’s improbable story began as she had her first trip abroad in 2011. She was deceived by a broker in China who said he could smuggle her into the South, where she could make a lot of money in a few months and return to China. But as soon as she arrived in South Korea, they forced her to sign a document agreeing to become a law-abiding citizen of the South.

Keeping her under surveillance, the South Korean government refuses to give her a passport. She has been seeking a way to return to her family. But the South Korean government has announced she cannot return since South Korean law does not allow its citizen to be a North Korean.

It has been 7 years in the South. As her time in the South gets longer, she gets more anxious. She feels like she has lost her universe. She is scared that everyday that she stays in the South, the people she loves get farther and farther away from her. She fears that she might become someone like a shadow to her family. A person who exists only in their memories.

Production notes

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Film Title : Shadow Flowers
Language : korea
Director : Seung-Jun Yi
Year : 2019
Length : 109
Age limit : K12
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Seung-Jun Yi, Mika Mattila, Hyuck-Ji Park, Hyo-Bong Jang
Editing : Seung-Jun Yi, Hak-Min Lee
Producer : Gary Byung-Seok Kam
Production Company : Bluebird Pictures
Title in Original Language : 그림자 꽃

Screenings :
Thu 30.1. at 17.00, Kinopalatsi 7, followed by a Q&A with cinematographer Mika Mattila
Sat 1.2. at 15.15, Kinopalatsi 1, followed by a Q&A with cinematographer Mika Mattila
Sun 2.2. at 14.00, Kinopalatsi 5, followed by a Q&A with cinematographer Mika Mattila