Los Angeles, California (November 5, 2021) – In cooperation with C.A.R.E. Projects, Korean American Future Foundation, Lifelong Lessons, and S.S. Lane Victory Merchant Marine Center, the World Premiere of feature documentary film Forgotten Victory, directed by Christopher HK Lee, an award-winning director, will be held at CGV Cinema in Los Angeles (621 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 9000) at 4PM on Saturday, November 13, 2021.
Forgotten Victory: SS Lane Victory Story
The Korean War is perhaps the least known major conflict in contemporary history. On June 25th, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel into South Korea. The war killed at least 2.5 million people and countless were wounded.
The Hungnam Evacuation saga began in December 1950, when the U.S.-led U.N. forces were suddenly surrounded by Communist Chinese troops who stealthily entered the fray. More than 100,000 Chinese “volunteers” overran the unsuspecting U.N. troops near the Chosin Reservoir. The U.N. troops hastily retreated to the port city of Hungnam, where they were evacuated on 193 ships. Also evacuated were some 86,000 desperate refugees who had gathered around the villages and towns near the port; had they remained, they would have faced dire uncertainty at the hands of the Communists.
During the Hungnam Evacuation, The SS Lane Victory was deployed not only to evacuate the United Nations personnel at Wonsan but also to evacuate Korean civilians. It took on over 3,800 U.S. troops and 1,100 vehicles that survived the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Once the Lane Victory loaded the troops and weaponry, it took on 7,010 men, women, and children. When the ship arrived in the southern island of Geoje, 7,011 passengers disembarked, as a baby had been born during the voyage.
This documentary film shares the emotional and compelling stories of some of those Korean refugees who survived the Hungnam evacuation. Sadly, the legacy and memories of our heroes—the men and women who serve the Korean War— are fading away fast and being forgotten.
“My hope is that Forgotten Victory will provide in-depth and informative resources which are a perfect platform to create dialogue between all generations. Our objective is to turn this important vessel into a museum and a cultural center for all communities within the greater Los Angeles area. The SS Lane Victory will help remind the younger generations of the cruelty of war and the importance of peace in the Korean peninsula.” – Christopher HK Lee, director
“This documentary film is important not only for the Korean American community but also to teach our newer generations about the historical significance. SS Lane Victory is being restored by many volunteers and it has become the cultural resource for all generations and diverse community.” – said Scott Gray, President of S.S. Lane Victory Merchant Marine Center.
The admission is free, but seating is limited. RSVP is required.
About: Christopher HK Lee, director
Christopher is an internationally acclaimed entertainment and educational content producer and award-winning film director/producer. He has over thirty years of multi-cultural and diverse industry experience in the fields of architecture, interactive media, visual effects, and animations as a director/producer and over sixteen years of teaching and lecturing experience at prestigious colleges in both South Korea and the U.S. such as Harvard, Wellesley, NYU, and USC.
Christopher has produced and directed many feature and short films including several documentaries that raise awareness of Korean history, culture, and current affairs: I am Grace, Rescued by Fate, Flight Buddies, Fading Away, Hills of Arirang, and The Last Tear. His films have been selected and screened at more than 150 international film festivals including the Cannes and the Oscar and has garnered more than 60 best film awards.
Jiyoung Lee, Producer