Kim Sung-woong, a documentary film director, says he listened with awe as he heard remarks by a man who was falsely accused in a high-profile murder case.

The previously condemned man had an air of positivity that was surprising considering he'd spent a good chunk of his life behind bars.

"It was unfortunate for me to be arrested over what I didn't commit, but it doesn't necessarily mean that I have been unhappy," Shoji Sakurai told Kim seven years ago, when Kim was shooting a film about Kazuo Ishikawa, a man currently seeking exoneration from a murder case that happened over a half a century ago.