Archive of films Captain Kang / Kang seonjang

South Korea
2012, 82 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2013

In his poetic and visually sophisticated movie, South Korean director Won Ho-yeon sensitively records the extent to which family solidarity can overcome the vicissitudes of fate in a story about an abandoned dream and a legless fisherman named Kang.


It’s good times on the deck of a small South Korean fishing boat. After a thick fog disperses, the three-member crew hauls in a net full of fish, and even experienced fisherman Kang joins in the mutual ribbing. Twenty years earlier he lost both legs in an unfortunate fishing accident, yet he can still do the work of two men. He could not have managed, however, without the help of his close-knit family. In order to assist his father, Kang’s son gave up his dream of becoming a professional baseball player and now has to content himself with watching games on TV. Kang is well aware of this and, from time to time, his own dream returns in which he is a butterfly happily flying wherever he wants. But each time he snaps out of it, harsh reality is there to greet him. In his poetic film, South Korean director Won Ho-yeon perceptively records the extent to which family solidarity can overcome the vicissitudes of fate. The creator’s choice of affecting music enhances this visually sophisticated documentary with its uncommonly powerful story.

About the director

Won Ho-yeon (b. 1975) began his professional career at a small independent production company that provided services to Korean news broadcasters. Since 2000 he has directed twelve episodes of "Life Theater,” the most popular Korean docu-drama series. After spending four years working at docu-dramas, Won Ho-yeon longed to make a writer-director documentary with a strong story and characters – the result is his feature-length debut Captain Kang, which was three years in the making.


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About the film

Color, HD CAM
International premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Won Ho-yeon
Screenplay: Won Ho-yeon, Kim Min-chul
Dir. of Photography: Won Ho-yeon
Music: Kim Doo-soo
Editor: Milena Z. Petrovic
Producer: Kim Min-chul
Production: Minch & Films
Contact: CAT&Docs, Minch & Films


Won Ho-yeon

Film Director / Producer, Sales Agent, Film Director

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