The haenyeo, literally meaning “sea women”, are female divers in the South Korean province of Jeju, considered by some to be real life mermaids. Released in 2000, the film “My Mother the Mermaid” explores the story of a haenyeo and her daughter.
“Na-young works at a post office and is sick and tired of being embarrassed by her unyielding mother and pushover father. One day her father disappears without any notice; she is forced to give up her trip abroad and search for her father instead. When she arrives at her parents’ hometown, Na-young is shocked to find out that she traveled back in time to meet someone she’d never expect, even in her dreams.”