Marc Kim (a.k.a. Kim Hyeon Seong) grabbed the attention of the international film audience in 2003 with his directorial debut feature, Mr. Butterfly, which screened in the Critics Week section at the 60th Venice Film Festival. The writer/director assembled an A-list cast with Kim Jung Eun and Kim Min Jong in the leading roles.
Set in the 1980s during the military dictatorship of Chun Doo Hwan, Mr. Butterfly portrays a gloomy picture of two young people struggling to find each other in the midst of the country's democratic movement. Min Jae promises Hae Mi that he will return within a year. Hae Mi looks on with tears rolling down her face as his train destined for Seoul pulls away. Their matching butterfly tattoos serve as a constant reminder for his return, but five years roll by with no sign of Min Jae. One day, fate reunites Min Jae, now a nightclub gigolo, with Hae Mi, now the kept woman of a high-ranking military officer. Tragedy befalls the two lovers when suspicious soldiers drag Min Jae off, leaving Hae Mi tormented and helpless. Add Synopsis In Portuguese