Kim Young-Guk (김영국) is a minor character in Grand Theft Auto IV.
Kim is a North Korean who tried to bring “Superdollars”, or counterfeit US dollars made overseas, into Liberty City. The first time he tried, in 2003, he failed and was arrested, but fled. The second time however, in 2008, he got help from a friend of his father, Derrick McReary and Derrick’s friend Niko Bellic. Derrick and Niko had to protect Kim’s boat from the other attacking boats. After doing this successfully, Derrick and Niko followed Kim to his docking point in Industrial, Bohan.
Later, Kim became the leader of the Korean Mob in Alderney. Gambetti Family leader, Don Jon Gravelli saw the Korean Mob as a threat and wanted to eliminate Kim. Gravelli soon obtained governmental clearance to do so from his friend working at United Liberty Paper and sent Niko Bellic to Kim’s HQ in the restaurant Mr. Fuk’s Rice Box.
Bellic headed over to the restaurant and after killing all the guards inside, he caught up with Kim, who was fleeing the restaurant. During his last moments, Kim pleads to Niko by telling him he is “good friends with Irish junkie man”, meaning Derrick McReary. However, Niko ignores him (if Niko had killed Derrick during the mission Blood Brothers, he replies sardonically to Kim that “Irish junkie man is dead”) and then kills him. After this, the Korean mobs become hostile to Niko if he fires or start a fight in their territory.
For the hanja of his name is unknown, it is impossible to know the meaning of Kim’s name.
Dining Out (Killed)
- Kim Young-Guk may be based on O Se-won, close adviser to North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and son of O Kuk-ryol, a military general suspected by the US government as a key figure in North Korea’s currency counterfeiting activities and its production of Superdollars. O Se-won is suspected to work in his father’s counterfeiting business as Kim Young-Guk work’s for his father, Park Young-Guk. Derrick McReary’s relationship with Kim Young-Guk may be further based on alleged business relations between IRA leader Seán Garland and agents of the North Korean government involved in the sale and distribution of Superdollars.
- If the player blows up the vehicle Kim was to escape in before he has a chance to enter it, he will then run around aimlessly until he is killed. If he is thrown out of the car once he tries to make his getaway, he will then pull out a SMG and attempt to kill the player with it.
- In the game files, there are actually three different facial models for Kim. One is the one that is seen in the game, of Kim with a rough beard. The second is of Kim with slightly lighter skin, darker eyes and a slight goatee instead of a beard. The third is Kim with light grey hair, very faint eyebrows and clean shaven. This is because Kim shares his appearance with a random pedestrian found in Cerveza Heights/Chinatown.
- Just like most of the Asian character names in GTA IV/Chinatown Wars, the name Kim is incorrectly used as a given name and Young-Guk as a family name. In Korea, family names are written always first, then the given names. Besides, Kim is a very popular surname in Korea.