Yujin returns to her hometown Bongyeong for the first time since her father’s murder 20 years ago, to help organize a sweetfish festival hosted by the county government. There she runs into Moon Kwangin, the detective who was responsible for her father’s case. She learns that the river where the festival will be held is severely contaminated by a smelter located at the upstream of the river. Meanwhile, Moon Kwang-in has a gut feeling that the recent murder that took place in the area is related to her father’s case.
Starting the hashtag “#sexual_harrassment_within_film_industry” on her social media accounts in October 2016, Hyosun feels that it is time to pursue her dream project—The Meryl Streep Project. She gets everything ready to meet Meryl not as a fan but as a peer feminist filmmaker. But when she is just about to leave for the United States to meet her, unexpected things come up. Will she ever meet Meryl?
The mother was just an ordinary housewife and a devout Christian until the spring of 2014. Then she has happened to become an activist, attending a rally at the square every weekend, bringing a stray dog home, and visiting undocumented immigrants in a detention center. Everything she has to do to carry out her duties as an activist, such as talking to foreigners on the phone and creating a document with a computer, is overwhelming to her. She gets frustrated one moment, but the next she cheers herself up and tries again. Can she continue to live as an activist?
Kim Eunyoung, a sausage factory worker, is the first in line to be converted to a full-time employee. But one day she suddenly has a nosebleed along with a fever, and gets fired. Seo Sujin and a few other workers coveting the vacant full-time position volunteer to work overtime during the holidays. Then one of them suffers the same symptom as Eunyoung. With one backstabbing after another among the workers, the secret behind Eunyoung’s dismissal is revealed. Then the remaining workers start to fight fiercely against one another to keep their jobs at the factory.
On the outskirts of a small town, a worker at a large company factory is found beaten to death, and a group of runaway teenagers get arrested as suspects. Suin, the older sister of one of the arrested youths, believes that the kids are wrongfully accused, and asks the court to appoint her as a special advocate instead of the indifferent public defender. Finding evidence that the victim was trying to expose corruption in the factory, and that his body was abandoned, she clears her brother’s name at court.
Kang Junhee has been with the HR team of Hanyang Heavy Industries for four years, and the team embarks on ruthless restructuring. Learning that her colleagues are included on the list of employees to be laid off, she feels guilty towards them and disillusioned with the company. Some of the employees on the blacklist struggle to stop the company but to no avail, and restructuring begins.
Two North Korean undercover spies have long been living in the South: one of them a devoted member of the State Security Department and the other a graduate of the prestigious Moscow Film School. They have been assigned to a special operation to find South Korean films that meet Kim Jong-il's taste and send them to the North. Not given enough money to carry out the operation, they raise funds for themselves by distributing porn, but soon face difficulties in obtaining the film they are supposed to send to the North.
Mirae FC is the first amateur football club composed of young North Korean defectors living in the Seoul and Gyeonggi area. They hoped for a comfortable life in the South, but life in the capitalist South is not so easy for them. This is a coming-of-age story of these young North Korean defectors searching for their identity through football and building a new hope for life together.
I have been living in a rural village for three years, still feeling like a fish out of water. Grandmas in the village toil to help with my poor farming skills. My life in Soseong-ri has become a clumsy story of rural relocation—an “unwise village life” far from the romance of living in the country. But what is going on in this village? I have never seen so many police officers here, except for when a wild boar appeared.
As the hopes of reunification grows on the Korean peninsula, South and North Korea embark on an experiment of merging two villages in the DMZ. Yeri, a South Korean soldier assigned to manage the combined village, firmly believes that the two Koreas are just enemies to each other. At first, residents from the North and the South clash on everything. But over time, they break down the wall of hostility towards each other. As Yeri also gradually becomes assimilated with the villagers, those who do not want reunification come to threaten her.