Multimedia Korean Cultural ministry producing $100,000-budget Christian family feature in HD

Korean arts and media group Yehyang Cultural Ministry is throwing its hat into the filmmaking arena with “The Gift,” an HD Christian dramatic feature that shoots this May and June.

Writer/director Hyup Kim wrote the script, a family story, based on his own play of the same name, which was produced last fall at the Christian Heritage Academy.

“The story is about a father, a daughter and a son,” said Kim. “It shows this guy getting more and more involved in the drug business and going down. He goes to jail and the court sends him to rehab, where he starts an emotional change.”

He also incorporated interviews he conducted last January with Korean church members in Los Angeles who had faced methamphetamine addictions in their own families.

A Columbia College alum, Kim was a director for Yehyang’s language instruction series “Hello Konglish” on Korean-language Ch. 28. He came up with the idea of a film version of “The Gift” with Yehyang president Wang K. Kim. Wang Kim signed on as executive producer.