- Cho Junglae
- Kang Ha-na, Choi Ri, Son Sook
The story of two Korean girls, Jung-Min and Young-Hee, who are kidnapped by Japanese soldiers and forced to work in a so-called “comfort station” during WWII. After one of the girls dies while trying to escape, the two friends have a spiritual meeting many years later with the help of a shaman.The script is loosely based on the true story of Kang Il-chul, who was forced to become sex slave for the Imperial Japanese Army during the 1940s. To write the script for Spirits’ Homecoming, the director drew on historical accounts and stories told to him by survivors (known in Korea as halmonis, or grandmothers), whom he had become close to through his time volunteering at the House of Sharing, a nursing home outside Seoul where 10 women who worked in the brothels lived.