‘My Name is Loh Kiwan’: A Tale of Hope Amid Desolation

Seoul - At a press conference in Seoul on Tuesday, the upcoming Netflix original film "My Name is Loh Kiwan" was introduced, showcasing the harrowing yet hopeful journey of a North Korean defector in Belgium. The film's protagonist, Loh Ki-wan, portrayed by actor Song, navigates the challenges of seeking refuge, grappling with language barriers, legal complexities, and profound loneliness in an unfamiliar land.

According to Yonhap News Agency, "My Name is Loh Kiwan" delves into Loh's desperate fight for survival and his encounters with Marie (played by Choi Sung-eun), a woman also facing her own struggles. Together, they form a bond that illuminates the possibility of finding hope and meaning in life's darkest moments. The narrative, inspired by the novel "I Met Loh Ki-wan" by Cho Hae-jin, marks Kim Hee-jin's debut as a feature film director. Kim, known for her empathetic portrayal of socially marginalized characters in her short films, expressed her intent to cast Song in the lead role from the script's inception, citing his ability to convey profound emotional depth and resilience.

Described as a "healing film" by the lead actor, "My Name is Loh Kiwan" explores themes of guilt, healing, and the transformative power of human connections. The film is set for a global release on Netflix this Friday, offering audiences a poignant look at the struggles and triumphs of its characters.

scroll to top