Kang Yeonsak
Status: Deceased
Age: 36 (at death)
Date of birth: August 12, 1976
Birthplace: North Korea
Date of death: July 6, 2013
Place of death: White House,
Washington, D.C.,
United States of America
Cause of death: Stabbed in the head by Mike Banning
Affiliation: Koreans for United Freedom
Profession: The head of the KUF
Father: (deceased)
Mother: (deceased)
Marital status: Single
Played by: Rick Yune
Appears in: 1 film
"There is a saying is Korea. Saying something a hundred times is not as good as living it once."
―Kang Yeonsak saying to Ruth McMillan [src]

Kang Yeonsak (August 12, 1976 – July 6, 2013) was the leader of a terrorist group Koreans for United Freedom who masterminded the takeover of the White House in order to unify Korea and turn America into a nuclear radiation wasteland using top secret fail-safe device Cerberus, but hasn't counted on as the Secret Service agent Mike Banning sabotaged his plans.

Early LifeEdit

As a child, Kang's father was executed for crimes against North Korea. He and his mother were brought across the DMZ, but when they were attempting to cross the DMZ, Kang's mother was killed by an American landmine. Kang then founded Koreans for United Freedom (K.U.F.), a terrorist paramilitary organization. He and his group brought uranium enrichment technology from Pakistan to Pyongyang in 2002. Then Kang and his group were responsible for the 2004 bombing of the British Embassy in Seoul and were involved in a hostage crisis in Seoul in 2007. He kept himself under the radar to avoid being photographed or identified by any Western Intelligence agency. Then, he blended to the South Korean government and poses himself as a chief of security and primary aide to South Korean Prime Minister Lee Tae-Woo.

Olympus Has FallenEdit

OHF- Kang's identity shown

Kang's ID as it read on the White House's security computers and scanners.

He disguised himself as the head of security and aide for South Korean Prime Minister Lee. To ensure a reunified Korea, he and former Secret Service agent, Dave Forbes, take President Benjamin Asher, Secretary of Defense, Ruth McMillan, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Joe Hoenig, hostages in the Presidential bunker. Kang orders the US to withdraw all their troops and allow the civil war to end and also seeks to destroy the US mainland by self-destructing their nuclear weapons as payback for the untimely death of his parents. To accomplish this, Kang needs three codes from Asher, McMillan and Hoenig that will allow him to activate Cerberus. Kang is eventually stabbed and killed by Mike Banning during a brutal hand-to-hand combat in the bunker.


"I don't need to launch them. The explosive force within each hardened silo will detonate the missiles. Tens of millions of Americans will perish. Your country will be a cold, dark nuclear wasteland. Now, too, America shall know suffering and famine."
―Kang reveals his true plans to the President [src]
OHF- Kang brutalizes SoD Ruth McMillan mQP9c42490

Kang Yeonsak was a violent and callous psychopath with all of the signs: violence, grandiosity, high intelligence, incapacity for remorse, a complete lack of empathy, sociopathic methods of thought and extremism. He was powerful, resourceful, predictive, ruthless, arrogant, self-assured, confident, sadistic, malicious and highly intelligent to the point of megalomania. Kang was also vengeful and devotedly obsessed with revenge against the United States for the deaths of his parents, to the point of fanaticism for Korean liberation. He was also sophisticated and enigmatic, showing extravagance on the subject of speech, clothing, methods of movement and also he was extremely unpredictable.

He showed no regret in massacring millions of people during his attack on the White House. Kang had incredible technical knowledge, able to predict how the US missile codes were changed daily and able to commandeer immensely complicated technologies such as the Cerberus fail-safe system and the Hydra 6 air defense system, during the course of the film. He was completely ethical and subtle, carrying out his plans only once they were fully calculated, both risks, strengths and weaknesses. Kang was also manipulative, able to impersonate as the head of security and aide to Prime Minister Lee, and also recruit Dave Forbes, a former federal agent, to his cause. It is confirmed that Kang suffers from a narcissistic personality disorder, and is also suffering from a superiority complex, as he believes himself to be invincible in the face of his enemies.

Although it is unknown where he received training, Kang was extremely skilled in unarmed combat. Although, at first, it appears his only weapon is his genius-level intellect, he defends himself brilliantly against Mike Banning during their climatic fistfight. He showed proficiency in karate, jujitsu, taekwondo and judo during the fight, also capable of impressive acrobatic and gymnastic feats despite his age, mentality and the injuries he suffered during the fight. He could also overpower the President, but to be fair he had a gun in his hand. Kang's signature weapon was a flick knife, two of which he carried during his fight with Banning. His fighting style suits his intellectual genius, sadistic tendencies and also the advantages of his age. He was also skilled with a handgun, shown during the resolution of the White House Siege.

Behind the Scenes Edit

Kang Yeonsak was portrayed by Rick Yune in Olympus Has Fallen.



Mike Banning - President Benjamin Asher - Allan Trumbull - Lynne Jacobs - Leah Banning - Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan - General Edward Clegg - Ray Monroe
Olympus Has Fallen characters
Protagonists Agent Roma - Agent O'Neil - Agent Jones
Antagonists Kang Yeonsak - Dave Forbes - Lim - Cho - Yu
Other characters Connor Asher - Margaret Asher - Vice President Charlie Rodriguez - Prime Minister Lee Tae-Woo - Admiral Joe Hoenig - Mark Diaz
London Has Fallen characters
Protagonists Jacqueline "Jax" Marshall - D.C. Mason - Kevin Hazard - Will Davies - Agent Voight - Agent Bronson
Antagonists Aamir Barkawi - Kamran Barkawi - John Lancaster - Sultan Mansoor - Raza Mansoor
Other characters Doris - Prime Minister Robert Bowman - President Jacques Mainard - Chancellor Agnes Bruckner - Prime Minister Antonio Gusto - Prime Minister Tsutomu Nakushima
Angel Has Fallen characters
Other characters Gentry - Wade Jennings - Sam Wilcox