On December 27th director Choi Seungho of "Spy Nation" announced on Facebook that alleged spy Kim Seung-hyo had died in Japan on December 26th. Kim Seung-hyo was among the persons featured in "Spy Nation" as having been wrongly accused of spying for the North Korean government for political reasons during the dictatorship era. Kim Seung-hyo died in Japan, having been released there as a condition of his parole in 1981.
AdvertisementKim Seung-hyo was convicted in 1974 of espionage on the basis of a confession that had been extracted via torture and received a twelve year sentence. The psychological damage inflicted by this torture was enough to force him to undergo intermittent treatments at various mental hospitals. Kim Seung-hyo became paranoid and was unwilling to discuss his experiences even with family members due to threats he had received before his release.
Kim Seung-hyo was ultimately granted a new trial regarding these charges in 2015, though his older brother had to attend the retrial in his stead due to these issues. At that time Kim Seung-hyo described South Korea as a terrible country, and did not mince words regarding South Korea's treatment of political prisoners in "Spy Nation" which proved to be a major platform regarding the injustice pepetrated against him. Kim Seung-hyo was ultimately exonerated of these prior charges in 2018.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
"[HanCinema's News] Torture Victim Featured in "Spy Nation" Dies in Japan"
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