The true story on which SILMIDO is based, involved a secret military unit established in 1968 on a remote island located off Korea's west coast. The unit's 31 members were charged with the task of infiltrating North Korea and assassinating its leader Kim Il Sung, in retaliation for an earlier assassination attempt on the Southern president. After being transported to the island and having their identities erased, the members of the unit were subjected to a unspeakably cruel training regimen, designed to turn them into invincible killing machines.
Since his debut SWEET BRIDES (1988), Kang Woo-suk's many films have proven popular with the Korean viewers, including HAPPINESS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CLASS RANK (1989) and MR. MAMMA (1992). He then moved on to establish Cinema Service and help it grow into the most successful production-distribution company in Korea. In 2002, he returned to the director’s chair with PUBLIC ENEMY, which helped further solidify his Number one status in the world of Korean cinema, receiving much praise from both critics and the audience. SILMIDO is the largest project he has undertaken this far.