Synopsis by Mark Deming
Dai Sil Kim-Gibson combines historical footage, interviews, and dramatic reenactments to tell the true story of Korean women forced to work as prostitutes for the Japanese Army during World War II in the film Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women. The Imperial Army lured more than 200,000 Korean women into forced sexual labor, often by claiming they were hiring teenage girls for high-paying factory jobs; the women who responded were taken without consent and put to work against their will as "Comfort Women." Little evidence of this scandal existed until recently, as the Japanese government destroyed nearly all documentation pertaining to it. (To this day, Japan officially denies this ever occurred.) But, in 1991, several aging "comfort women" came forward to tell their side of the story and present whatever documentation they possessed. The first part of this film features interviews with several survivors of this tragedy, while the second half is a dramatic reenactment of the stories of three of these women being forced into prostitution.