Duk-young, an orphan, is living in a temple, helping with chores and working hard to save money for a toy airplane. His one joy is to play with paper airplanes, as he dreams of an airplane in a toy store. However, a rich classmate gets his parents to buy the last airplane in the toy store. Duk-young is very disappointed, and although he feels guilty, steals the airplane from the rich boy's desk at school. Then one day, the rich boy suddenly dies in an accident during a family vacation. The boy comes to Duk-young in his dreams and interrogates him about the theft. Through the struggles of the young boy, as he deals with his guilt and tries to correct his wrongs, the program focuses on the development of a child's psyche.
Jury Comments
This story could happen to any child and presents the moral development of an orphan boy and his struggles between his wants and his needs. This is a poetic and pure dramatic story, with all characters playing with full emotions in a beautiful environment in Korea. The program is powerful because of superb production skills with simple camera work and editing which frankly and movingly express the boy's emotions.
While high technology productions are currently mainstream in children's programs, it can be said that the success of this simple-format dramatic program makes us recall our origins as producers and conveys the potential of dramatic programs.
Producer's Comments Mr. Chang-Yong Lee, Producer
"Airplane" is about memories of small desires in youth, which I am sure all people have experienced in their childhood. It is about 'memories of innocent obsession'.

It is a record of growing up through the relation of others and experiencing hopes and despairs in the small universe. Through this drama we can reminisce our childhood from the character "Duk-young" with his faults, reflection, understanding, and his desire 'airplane'.

We had a very hard time with teaching the young children to act. They also had to be fluent with country accents, so I think we had two weeks of training the kids with acting and country accents. The children were not familiar with cameras and repeating each scene, so our time of shooting doubled.

The staffs had to fly the paper airplanes hundreds and thousands of times, and we also had trouble with ladders to keep the child actor safe when he climbed a tree. They also had to search the right kind of temple during the rainy season, but it turned out to be a trivial matter compared to the tension and stress of shooting days. Most of all, the staffs' affection and efforts of keeping the most important prop, the airplane, in the specially designed case far from damage was no less than the affection of the airplane of Duk-young's.