(This program was produced with funds provided by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.) Can’t you take care of it yourself? Nguyen Thuy Thien, 27 years old. Vietnamese. The victim is her husband. I’m on duty now. Kim Cheolju. 52 years old. He was a construction worker. People said that they weren’t getting along. I don’t know. I have to go. They had a big fight the night before the incident. Is that her? Yes. She was at the airport with her son. Where’s the kid? At the shelter. (Kim Taehan) (Seo Eunah) (Jo Hiebong) (Heo Jiwon) (Don’t rip the bag.) Try them on. They’re comfortable. It’s okay. They’re all the same size. Don’t rip them up. Hey! I’ll go get a new pair. Wait here. (Secret) What? Miranda rights? Does she even know what that means? Well… Go get a translator. Scare her before the translator gets here. It’ll be easier that way. Here. Really? She’s a Korean teacher? But she’s Vietnamese. Yes. Wow. They have balsam pears here. Do you want some balsam pears? I guess you’re from Vietnam. They love this stuff. How long have you been here? How many? One? Two? Two. Help me! Help me! Do you know what happened? Geez. It’s him again? Do you have it? Your foreign registration card. The card. You know. Carry it in your wallet at all times. If now, you might get in trouble. Hello? Yes. Hey! It’s for you. Yes! I can’t find it. I don’t know where it is. This guy… he’s not that kind of guy. You can’t do this. Get out quick. If not, you’ll get deeper into debt. You know. Find your foreign registration card and passport and get out. Hey! Three months. If you can’t get out, we’ll come for you. If he finds out if it’s a fake marriage, he’ll divorce you. If you become an illegal alien, you’ll get deported. Is that okay? No. I’ll do it! For now… I’ll send money bit by bit. But… what if I can’t find my registration card? Just leave. Take his valuables. Yes. Yes. Oppa. (*Term of endearment for an older male) Oppa. When she came, she was a lot more qualified than other applicants. Other applicants? The pay wasn’t great, but if she could get a job here, she could go to a bigger company or even become a civil servant. This was a dream job for them. They need to prove their identity. Why? They’re already married to a Korean husband. Even so, until they become Korean citizens, they’re still foreigners. They need to have a foreign registration card and renew it every year. Most of them didn’t even go to high school, right? She got her diploma and a teacher’s license in Korea. Besides, Thien’s a smart girl. They understand each other, so the students really liked her. She was also their counselor. She was the best. She was a role model for the students. But her husband was patriarchal and violent. Their neighbors knew what kind of man he was. Hey! Hey! Mr. Kim. Aren’t you eating lunch? Auntie, side dishes. Please be patient. Coming up. Thien. She looks so happy. I’m surprised that you let her work here. He can watch her and get back the money he spent… Better safe than sorry. You know the foreman’s wife? The Filipino girl. She ran away. She took bank books and valuables with her. He’s crushed. I feel bad. By the way, who’s this? I’m Han Jaemin. I hope to learn a lot from you guys. The foreman sent him to our team. If you’ve finished your military service and college, you must be 28? Yes. Wow! You’re in your 20s. He’s Thien’s age. A cat goes “meow meow”. I heard you clean grills in the morning? You work and study. When do you sleep? It’s okay. If I can speak Korean, I can make more money. Good. What are you going to do with all that money? Ask your husband to teach you Korean. You can’t learn by yourself. No. He drinks. He sleeps. Bastard! What do you see in him? I hate his guts. No. Oppa is worried about me. He came looking for me at night. In Vietnam, he gave me a present. A scarf? He bought me a scarf, and… How much? Yes. Not these ones. These are better. If you take these, they’ll get angry at you. What are you looking at? Sorry? Are you okay? Are you okay? Oppa. Did I do a good job? How do you read this? Go away. Just this one. How… I heard him breaking stuff at times. Construction workers drink a lot. He beat his wife and broke stuff once in a while, but he’s not a guy who’d hurt others on purpose. How much? He came running out at night and slapped her. I felt bad for him. He couldn’t go to school and worked as a crewman. He needed to make money. His father gambled and drank. He was lucky to have a girl like Thien as his wife. She took care of her sick mother-in-law and never complained. She took good care of her until she died. (Divorce Papers) You’ve prepared a lot. You have five bankbooks, 11 mobile phones and three credit cards. You borrowed money with your three credit cards. Where’s that money? Did you plan to go to Vietnam with him with that money? I found this on the kitchen table. Let’s not make things difficult. You can speak Korean fluently. The victim was over 50, but he worked at a construction site his whole life. She couldn’t have taken him on. You know what this is about. I’m sure she’s got someone. This. This. – I’m sorry. / – I’m sorry. – Hello. / – Hello. If I closed my eyes, I’d think you were Korean. Did you study hard? I need to study more. I think you studied hard. You went to college. Well, I’m here to get some experience. I’m going to work on this site to get experience. I’m going to start my own business. I’ll get as many licenses as I can. You impress me. Aren’t you the same as me? That’s why you’re studying, right? We both work hard. There’s been an accident! Something collapsed! Something collapsed… Oppa. Thien, be careful. Oppa. Where’s my husband? I don’t know. Oppa. Oh my! Why isn’t he answering his phone? Why does her nationality matter? There are so many Korean people here? She has no registration card so she doesn’t get treated? What if she dies? It’s against the law. We need her registration card. Are you her husband? That’s why I’m going to vouch for her. See. I have money here. Treat her now! Cheolju. Where did you put her foreign registration card? Why are you asking? Why do you care? She almost died. Because she didn’t have it, Thien almost died. What? Are you that insecure? Do you have to hide her registration card to keep her next to you? Don’t you feel sorry for her? You brought a poor girl here and put her to work. If I were you, I’d help her become a nationalized Korean. I’m not that insecure. When there was an accident, he didn’t even come to the hospital. That’s just who he was. I told her that Korean men don’t know how to express their feelings. What’s the relationship between Jaemin and Thien? Geez. They’re just friends. Is he in the office? No. He quit a few months ago and started his own business. Han Jaemin. It’s locked. Kim Cheolju. Huh? I checked the bank transactions. I don’t see anything unusual. She only sent about $10,000 to Vietnam over the past five years. Did she? Yes. But I found something strange with her account. She started sending money to someone right after she came to Korea. To a Korean. Take good care of yourself. Yes. Thien. Why are you here? You just got out of the hospital. You should get some rest. I’m okay. I’m well rested. I’m trying to study Korean. Oppa! Oppa! How are you? I’m good. I’m really good. Good. That. My registration card. You have it, right? You don’t have to give it to me now. Keep it until you want to give it to me. And… this… This is for you. Open it when you go home. No, I won’t leave. I want to live here. I’m going to live with my husband. What? Are you crazy? What about my money? Your debt! Go ahead and report me. I’ll report you to the police as well. You’re not so innocent, either. What’s it going to be? Are you going to keep collecting money or do you want us both to go to jail? I’ll pay you the money. I promise. How can I get there? (Hanoi Korean Developments) Her neckline is beautiful, but she’s got a burn. That’s why she was rejected a lot. I lent her money, so she’s got to pay me back. The money she sent me every month. I’m entitled to that money. It’s not a crime. Now she’s got a family, but you’re trying to force her get a job in a bar so you can get a finder’s fee. That’s a crime. She knew the deal before she came here. It was a fake marriage from the beginning. She was going to live here for three months and when she got her passport and registration card, she was supposed to leave her husband. But her husband hid them. Why? Because she might’ve left him. He paid money to bring her here. That husband of hers was a jerk. He wouldn’t let her have her Korean citizenship. Her husband knew nothing about this? No. No secret can be kept forever. Huh? He came to see me. Thien didn’t know anything. But sir… I didn’t do this to harass Thien. I had to collect my money. What money? Why are you taking money from my wife? She works hard to make money. She owes me money. What? Come on. You know the deal. What do you mean? You didn’t choose her because you liked her. What? She’s damaged goods. You chose her because you didn’t think she’d run. That’s not why I chose her. Maybe you didn’t, but she did. Do you really think that she likes you? She married you to come to Korea. To make money and to obtain Korean citizenship. No. If she obtains her citizenship and becomes a civil servant, she’ll leave you in a flash. Why would she stay with an old man like you? You’re old enough to be her father and you’re a construction worker. It’s not like she loves you. Don’t you understand? It’s a fake marriage. She tricked you. He found out what she was up to. If I were him, I wouldn’t have let it slide. But he didn’t kick her out. I guess he felt sorry for himself. He was sitting on the stairs, crying like a little girl. Bastard! He was stinking strong. It’s like “The Fairy and the Woodcutter”. What? The woodcutter hid the fairy’s winged dress, so she couldn’t leave him. Is a foreign registration card a winged dress? Besides, that’s a fairy tale you’re talking about. This is reality and they made a deal. Do you know how people look at couples like them? Do you know how the marriage process goes? Girls are standing in a room. There are between ten and twenty. What are you doing? I heard it’s changed these days, but when Kim Cheolju got there, it was like that. You choose one of them. It might take five minutes. You take her for a meal. And then you hang out for half a day or so together. That’s their date. You, first. And the next day, they get married. Two days later, the husband comes back. The wife has to wait for a few months. You pay tens of thousands of dollars and the wedding’s finished in two or three days. What do you think is there? Trust? Love? There’s only purpose. Purpose? If you were the fairy, do you think you could forgive the woodcutter? Do you think you’d love him? He stole your winged dress and hid it. Drop me off and go back to her work place, and find out if she had any close friends there. Yes, sir. You have a son… And your wife’s working at the Multi-Cultural Center. She’s adjusting well. Are you applying for her Korean citizenship? Just extend her visa, please. You’ve been married for five years. If you keep extending her visa without giving her citizenship, she won’t like it. I don’t think you should worry about her. Renovating the government building? The one next to the Multi-Cultural Center? Yes. They need people to do the cement work. Can I just keep working here? I’m doing you guys a favor. You don’t want to do it? Of course we do. Don’t be silly. Should we start right now? Why the long face? It’s a government project, so it pays well. It’s an extension, so it won’t be that hard. That’s why he’s giving it to us. Jaemin’s always been good to us. By the way, why is he still single? Girls don’t like construction workers. Again? It’s been going on for a while now. It’s nothing. You’re getting old. Take care of yourself. Our bodies are our assets. Worry about yourself. He’s got nothing to worry about. Thien’s going to take care of him. What did I say? Oppa. I have a family of three. A family of three. A family of three. My husband… Is a… My husband is a ‘nogada’. What? “Nogada” is a good job. But it’s not a good word to use. Use “construction worker” instead. Thien, what about “nogari”? Is that the same? No, it’s a side dish you eat with beer. It’s a fish. This center here where we all get together. They build useful buildings for us. It’s a good job. My husband is also a construction worker. I see. (Hangyeol Multi-Cultural Center Korean Class Lesson Plan) Oppa, can you turn it down? Mommy. Oppa, Taeyun… Taeyun, here. Huh? I saw them downtown. I think they just bumped into each other. They’re friends. Let’s go. Sure. Thank you so much. No problem. This is for you. What is it? You didn’t have to do this. Here. Who is it? Why is a construction worker like you coming here and going through her stuff? Are you just going to stand there? He’s not talking. Call the police! Now! Oppa. He’s my husband. Don’t call the police. You know who this belongs to. It’s my son’s. My husband bought it for his birthday. Wow! I finally hear your voice. I guess your husband loved your son. If you don’t talk, you can get into trouble in court. I didn’t kill my husband. Why would I kill him? You were angry because he hid your stuff. No. He’s very old. She said he would have to retire soon. His legs were really bad. There were accidents all the time. She said she needed a stable job so that her husband could quit his job. (License) Where can I find a book for learning Korean? For kids. Something basic. How old is your grandson? He’s this tall. Are you sure? Yes, I’m sure. You can’t say these things if you’re not 100% sure. What’s that? Nothing. No. Did you buy it for Taeyun’s birthday? Wow! Time flies. Is he already four? You should go home early. Hiding it from him isn’t the best option here. He told me that before he came here he saw Jaemin and Thien together. They went into a hotel together. Taeyun. Mommy’s home. (Heat up the food in the refrigerator.) He can’t even hold a pencil, yet. He can get some rest today. Don’t drink on an empty stomach. I put some side dishes in the fridge. Give her a break. She’s still young. You’re over 50. I think it’s just a fling. Oppa! What are you doing here? Get out of here! What do you think you’re doing? Are you okay? What’s wrong with him? Nice car! I want to get married again. Congratulations! Have a happy honeymoon! Thank you for coming. Thien, thank you. No problem. I’m sorry about what happened. I shouldn’t have asked you to come to the hotel where she was staying to translate. It’s nobody’s fault. He was too drunk, so he didn’t read the letters. I’m okay. Be nice to your bride. You’re the only one she can rely on. Sure. I’ll do anything for her. Come to the center and learn Korean. Jaemin has already signed you up for my class. If you don’t study hard, I won’t translate for you. She’ll do just fine. Don’t worry. This is the last love letter. Thank you. We have to get going. Sure. Go ahead. Go on. There she is! It’s time to announce the grand prix winner. The winner is Nguyen Thuy Thien from Vietnam. Congratulations! Ms. Nguyen Thuy Thien is working as a Korean instructor at a multi-cultural center… Everyone who’s studied here has become successful. Mr. Han’s business is going well. Are you sure you don’t want to join me? We don’t care about the licenses as long as you have experience. You guys have more than enough experience. You should hire him. His wife is Vietnamese, like your wife. I heard something happened when you got back from your honeymoon. She would lock the door and wouldn’t come outside. Right. I think she’s still trying to adjust. She doesn’t speak the language. It’ll get better. I bought her a smart phone, and Mai comes out of the room more often. Mai? Yes. Thi Mai. “Mai” means “plum blossom”. “Plum blossom”. Pretty, huh? What about Thien? Tuy Thien. It means “angel” in Vietnamese. That’s correct. She’s an angel. Her name suits her. When she becomes a civil servant, she’ll support him. She sure is an angel. What are you talking about? The husband should make more money than the wife. No one likes an old, sick husband. If she obtains her citizenship and becomes a civil servant, she’ll leave you in a flash. Why would she stay with an old man like you? No one likes an old, sick husband. Oppa. They’re hiring in the latter half of the year. Do you want to do it? I should. Okay. We’ll recommend you. By the way, you don’t have money problems, do you? Your credit rating is important. Try not to ruin your credit rating. We don’t have any problems. Where are you going? I’m going out of town to work. Where? Somewhere. It’ll take a week or so. Okay. Take care. Where’s our bankbook? Why? I need it to apply for a job. I need a copy of a bankbook with the balance. I’ll give it to you when I come back. Okay. Taeyun, say bye to daddy. Bye, daddy. 30,000 dollars? What about the 20,000 dollars here? This must be a huge mistake. I’ve never had a credit card. Why do I own 11 mobile phones? I only have one from my work. You opened mobile services and used them to borrow money. If you don’t pay your debt, you’ll become a credit delinquent. Foreigners are the same. I never did any of this. You did, using your foreign registration card. What? You didn’t know? He hasn’t come to work for over a month now. But he left home for work every morning. He said he’s going out of town for a few days. I don’t know what he’s up to, but he’s been borrowing money and going out of town quite often. Whenever I call him, he’s in a different city. Really? Yes. It’s your husband. He didn’t steal it, so we can’t compensate you for it. You bank account has been closed. You have a balance of zero. You were issued credit cards using your registration card and borrowed money from banks. You call was not answered… Oppa. Please. What are you doing here? Isn’t your husband coming home today? Geez. There he is. Look! Where’s my registration card? Why won’t you answer me? Give it to me. You signed all those contracts yourself. Why did you do that? Cell phones, bank books, and credit cards. You didn’t know what the consequences would be? Are you a fool? Why did you do it? What did you do with the money that you borrowed? You hid my registration card, but I decided to wait for you to give it back to me. If I waited patiently, and was nice to you and your mother, I thought you’d come around. You’d trust me. I should do better. I should work harder. More and more and more. That’s how I’ve lived for five years. Are you going to leave me? You’re still just thinking about yourself. Now I understand what you said. Oppa. Where do you think you’re going? Do you know how much I spent to get you? I was just one of the 20 girls you could pick. You didn’t have to trust me or love me. Right? Let go! Let go! I don’t need you. I’ll take care of it. Please… Take care of what? It’s over. Let’s go to Vietnam. All of us. I’ll get the money and your cards back. How can I trust you? You made this mess. My life. I’ll risk my life. Whatever it takes. Even if I have to die. Did you find him? Where is he? Okay! That was the last time I saw him. I knew he wouldn’t make it. How could he get all that money back? Ms. Nguyen Thuy Thien? I didn’t even ask him. He said he’d risk his life. Something terrible might have happened to him. I was so angry that I just yelled at him. I told him to get the money back. I should’ve let him tell me what it was all about. I was so angry and pushed him so hard. He died because of me. Bring him in. Jaemin. What are you doing here? The job you said that I could do without a license. Is it still available? Is this an investment contract? Sure. It’s written here. If you sign this paper, the money will go into Thien’s bank account and yours as well. You invest a little and double your money. You can be the foreman. Foreman? What? Take it. Take the money. I didn’t even spend the money I borrowed from you. Thien’s registration card. Give it back to me. I have to give it to her. What? Don’t tell me that you really like her. You idiot! She’s young enough to be your daughter. Pull yourself together. You’re too old for her. Do you know why they’re here? Because of this. Money. They want Korean citizenship and money. They used us as tickets to come to Korea. Life is so unfair. An old fool like him ends up with a girl like Thien, but the girl I chose took everything and ran away after three months. I look pathetic, don’t I? I gave everything but I was betrayed. You’re the same. You’ll become just like me sooner or later. She’s different. Thien’s different. Don’t flatter yourself. Pull yourself together. Thien is just like them. I’m going to Vietnam. With Thien. I have to go to the airport. I didn’t do it. Why would I? I didn’t do it. Bring me my wife! I didn’t do it. No! I’m so sorry. Take this when you go. My condolences. Cell phones, bank books, and credit cards. You didn’t know what the consequences would be? Are you a fool? Just this one. Why is a construction worker like you coming in here and going through her stuff? (Don’t rip the bags.) Try them on. They’re comfortable. It’s okay. It’s okay. Pretty.