Video — 1 videodisc (78 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Korea is a divided nation. Millions of families were split apart in the 1950s when war broke out between the Soviet-occupied North and the American-controlled South. For more than a generation, families have not been able to visit, speak to, or even write one another. Tragically, the last survivors to remember a unified Korea are dying without ever having seen their grandchildren; nobody knew their good-byes would be forever. Korean-Canadian director Min Sook Lee's search for both the real and symbolic "Tiger Spirit" of Korea leads her on an amazing journey along the Koreas' border where she encounters a wild-eyed tiger hunter, a courageous woman who defected from the North years ago, a young bus guide whose job it is to shuttle workers across the DMZ border everyday, and many hopeful families dreaming of the day they can once again see their lost loved ones. With unprecedented access and never before seen footage of North Korea's industrial zone and state-sanctioned reunification centers, Lee brings us an emotion-charged journey into Korea's broken heart, exploring the rhetoric and realism of reunification through the extraordinary stories of ordinary families.