02. Correspondent in Tokyo ( Donggyeong Teugpawon ) Kim Soo-yong, 1968
The husband of Ji-suk, who lives in Tokyo, is a reporter for a newspaper who is preparing an expose about Koreans in Japan who were repatriated to North Korea. Working with Anna, who was almost forced into being “repatriated” to North Korea, the husband tries to find the girl’s older brother who was lost. Ji-suk’s husband, however, has the collected information stolen and is eventually killed by a mysterious car. During the same time period, Ji-suk accidently hits a person with a car and kills him. However, Choi Wan-bae, a Korean expat in Japan, makes a timely appearance to handle the body. Ji-suk ends up living with Anna, who accompanied her husband through his investigative reporting trips. A young man appears before the two women. He blackmails them, saying that he knows that Ji-suk and Wan-bae secretly dumped the body, and demands that Anna go out with him. Ji-suk, Anna, and Wan-bae escape to Korea, away from the man. In Korea, Anna makes an effort to find her older brother, and Wan-bae stays at Ji-suk's home. He seduces Ji-suk’s father, Professor Nam, and Ji-suk to get her to marry him. The man, however, appears in front of the trio again, to tell Professor Nam that Wan-bae is actually Nam Ji-wan, the won that the professor left in North Korea a long time ago. The man is confined by Wan-bae, who threatens Professor Nam with a gun, and takes the family to Incheon to abduct them to North Korea.
▶▶▶ With the success of the “007” series in the 1960s, Korean directors began to produce films that takes on the structure of the series based on the British spy. In this boom for spy films, “Correspondent to Tokyo” stands out in that is tells a typical story that combines the themes of anti-communist ideology and the division of the Korean people. Staying faithful to its anti-communist ideology, the film depicts communists as absolutely evil, people who are willing to betray even their families. The actor Shin Seong-il shows the free and cheerful traits that James Bond had in his movies. Another entertaining point for this film is its use of color, as mentioned in the emphasis on the “full-color experience” that the promotional materials promised.