Old Marine Boy

Jin Mo-young
  • Korea
  • 2017
  • 86min
  • DCP
  • Color
  • World Premiere
Opening Film

Screening Schedule

  • 09월 21일 19:00-22:30 상영코드 : 001 캠프그리브스 G
  • 09월 23일 16:30-17:56 상영코드 : 203 메가박스 백석 2관 G Q&A
  • 09월 26일 13:00-14:26 상영코드 : 510 메가박스 백석 7관 G
  • 09월 28일 13:00-14:26 상영코드 : 801 메가박스 백석 3관 G
* Unless follwing Subtitle code is marked, all films will have English subtitles.
N None English dialogue without English subtitle
K Korean dialogue without English subtitle
ND No Dialogue


In 2006, Myongho crossed the border with his family with nothing from North Korea. In South, he becomes a deep-sea diver at the border village between South and North Korea. He wears 60 kg diving suit, only relying on a single oxygen line from the boat, and fishes 30 meters down underwater. If the line goes wrong, he could die in any minute. Myongho once crossed the most dangerous borderline, now he constantly crosses the line between life and death. This film will be the portrait of a courageous man who fights with the life for his family.


  • Jin Mo-young
    My Love, Don't Cross that River (2014)
Director's Statement

We often say, “Life never goes as planned.” Things we wish to do evade us, yet even the things we don’t wish to do cannot be controlled. If such is life, it is surely the life of Park Myeong-ho as well as ourselves. Now we may overcome the gaze that merely labels him as a North Korean defector and stranger. We may recognize him as the symbol of all modern men marching onward resiliently for the sake of their families amidst untold hardship and pain. I dedicate to all lives the deepest empathy and compassion.


<Old Marine Boy>, telling a story about a North Korean defector working as a diver in Goseong, Gangwon Province, depicts the process that he tries to adapt to the society system to live with his family in South Korea. Park Myong-ho, a North Korean refugee, escaped from North Korea, crossing the border with his family in 2006, and works at the Goseong Jeodo fishing ground in the northernmost location of East Sea. He takes a boat out in the middle of the sea the everyday at dawn without exception, to work at the closest fishing ground from North Korea, nearby the border between South Korea and North Korea. And as his narration in the film, his life is no different from that of the first day when he had crossed over into South Korea ten years ago. He gets afraid of going deep into the sea wearing fishing equipment more than sixty kilograms, but he cannot avoid that to support his family as a husband and a father of two sons in South Korea. Korean Society had treated North Korean refugees with compassion, but now takes them under the watchful eyes. His wife wants to earn a livelihood by opening a sushi restaurant, but it is not easy for her that has no relatives and no personal connections. The man is fighting desperately with a huge octopus in the deep sea, like the exact moment he crossed from North to South. <Old Marine Boy> portrays solitary and desperate struggle of a man who is a stranger leaving hometown and also has to save his family, with the utmost gravity. He had passed over the physical boundary between South and North at the risk of his life he cannot bridge the gap between South and North. The film captures the situation of a North Korean defector and his longing for the hometown through the perspective of the main character. For that reason, the song ‘Ah! Korea’ sounds so pathetic, which they sang in the annual year-end party to solidify the friendship and unity of North Korean refugees. [Park Hye-mi]


  • Director, Producer  Jin Mo-young
  • Coproducer  Lee Mi-jin
  • Cinematographer  Jeong Seong-chul
  • Editor  Hyun Jin-shik
  • Music  Voight-Kampff
  • Sound  Lidee

Distribution / World Sales

  • Contribution & World Sales  CAT&Docs
  • E-Mail  maelle@catndocs.com