Filming of WWII Sex Slaves Movie Gets Underway

      October 27, 2014 12:19

      The shooting of a film about the life of women who were forced into sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army during the World War II started in Geochang, South Gyeongsang Province on Thursday.

      "Spirits' Homecoming" stars veteran actress Son Sook and a cast of Korean-Japanese and Japanese actors.

      The project had been stalled for over a decade but came to rapid life when Son early this year agreed to star. Most of the actors and crew are taking part pro bono.

      Filming will move to China early next year, and the producers hope to have the film released on Aug. 15, 2015, the 70th anniversary of the Korean independence.

      The producers are raising money on the film's website ( but the donations received so far are still far below their estimated production cost of W2 billion (US$1=W1,058).

      So far, W125 million has been raised, W50 million by Korean Japanese. Yoo Young-kyu, who leads fundraising efforts in the U.S., collected US$5,000 by putting up posters in Korean shops in Arizona.

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