Henequen (film)

Henequen (Korean애니깽; RREnikkeng) is a 1996 South Korean film directed by Kim Ho-sun. It was awarded Best Film at the Grand Bell Awards ceremony.[3][1]

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Theatrical poster for Henequen (1996)
Directed byKim Ho-sun[1][2]
Written byIm Yu-sun
Kim Ho-sun
Produced byKwak Jeong-hwan
Roh Jin-seup
StarringChang Mi-hee
CinematographyLee Seong-chun
Edited byHyeon Dong-jun
Music byMichael Staudacher
Kim Jeong-hui
Distributed byHap Dong Films Co., Ltd.
Release date
  • December 13, 1996 (1996-12-13)
Running time
148 minutes
CountrySouth Korea


This historical drama, set in 1905, depicts the difficult plight of Korean henequen field laborers in Mexico. The story follows the love between the daughter of an aristocratic family fallen on hard times, and the son of a butcher.[1]


The film tells the story of Korean people who were brought to Yucatán under false promises of a good life, including wealthy Koreans, but were instead ended up forced to work as slaves by the Yucatán henequen industry landlords, which were proud Spanish descendants of the Yucatecan upper class. At that time, it was the main industry of the Yucatán state and henequen was referred to as the "green gold", as it made many Yucatecan families very wealthy.

This part of history where Korean people were used as slaves under brutal conditions (and even killed), didn't appear in Yucatecan history books until recently. When the movie was filmed outside of Mérida, Yucatán, it became a real eye opener to Yucatecan society about the horrible abuse inflicted to Korean people decades ago, which they were not aware of.

The henequen plant, which produces the sisal fibre, is traditionally used for rope and twine, and is a fibrous plant from the Yucatán State, in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico.



  • "Henequen". The Complete Index to World Film. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2009-07-18.


  1. ^ a b c d "Anniquin (Aenikkaeng)(1996)". Korean Movie Database (KMDb). Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  2. ^ 애니깽. Cine21 (in Korean).
  3. ^ "Grand Bell Awards (Daejong)". korean-drama-guide.com. Retrieved 2021-07-06.

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