Mayumi (film)

Mayumi (Korean마유미) also known as Mayumi: Virgin Terrorist is a 1990 South Korean film directed by Shin Sang-ok based on the bombing of Korean Air Flight 858. The film was selected as the South Korean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 63rd Academy Awards, but it was not accepted as a nominee.[2]

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Theatrical poster for Mayumi (1990)
Directed byShin Sang-ok[1]
Produced bySin Myeong-gil
Written byShin Bong-seung
StarringKim Sora
Music byKang In-goo
CinematographyKoo Joong-mo
Edited byKim Hyeon
Distributed byKil Films Co., Ltd.
Release date
  • June 9, 1990 (1990-06-09)
Running time
110 minutes
CountrySouth Korea


Two North Korean agents, carrying Japanese passports bearing the names "Shinichi" and "Mayumi", plan to explode a Seoul-bound plane in mid-air. They are diverted to another plane after they have planted the bomb. When the plane crashes, killing all on board, the two plan to commit suicide. The man succeeds, but the woman is saved through medical intervention. When she witnesses the suffering of the surviving families of the bombing victims, she begs to be executed, believing it is the only fitting punishment for her actions.[3]

The film is based on the life of Kim Hyon Hui, a North Korean agent whose Japanese teacher was Yaeko Taguchi, a Japanese abductee; she was paroled in 1998, and 12 years later she met Yaeko's son Kochi and told him that his mother was still alive.[4]


See alsoEdit



  • "MAYUMI VIRGIN TERRORIST". The Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2009-06-25. External link in |publisher= (help)
  • Mayumi (1990) at IMDb
  • "Ma Yumi (Mayumi(Mayumi))(1990)". Korean Movie Database (KMDb). Retrieved 2009-06-25.



  1. ^ Infobox data from "Ma Yumi (Mayumi(Mayumi))(1990)". Korean Movie Database (KMDb). Retrieved 2009-06-25. and Mayumi (1990) at IMDb
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. ^ a b "Ma Yumi (Mayumi(Mayumi))(1990)". Korean Movie Database (KMDb). Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  4. ^ KAL Bomber Meets Abduction Victim's Family, Chosun Ilbo, March 12, 2009
  5. ^ 마유미 (1990) (in Korean). Korean Movie Database (KMDb). Retrieved 2009-06-25.