The Drop Box

Theatrical Release: March 3, 2015
The Drop Box


Limited Theatrical ReleaseWith tears in his eyes, Pastor Lee Jong-rak reads a note from a desperate young woman who placed her newborn baby inside the drop box he has installed on the side of his home: “I have made a simple mistake that I cannot bear or handle. I’m very sorry. I am sincerely sorry.”

Pastor Lee has received too many notes like this. Due to a complex number of factors, including the stigma associated with unwed motherhood, widespread aversion to children born with disabilities, and complicated and cumbersome in-country adoption laws, many newborn babies have been abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea, in recent years.

“The Drop Box” tells the story of Pastor Lee’s heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society. It is a harrowing and sometimes heart-wrenching exploration of the physical, emotional and financial toll associated with providing refuge to those deemed undesirable and unlovable by the surrounding culture. Ultimately it is a story of hope, a view into the heart of God Himself, who “sets the lonely in families” (Psalm 68:6)

Dove Review

“The Drop Box” is an incredible movie experience about an amazing man and an amazing mission to rescue abandoned babies. Pastor Jong-rak Lee helped save a baby with a severe disability, Eun-man, a baby who became his son. From then on he made his baby “drop box” available for mothers who don’t think they can raise their child or don’t want to. The babies are dropped into the box at the church in Seoul, South Korea; a bell dings immediately, alerting the pastor and his wife. The babies are made safe and warm instead of being abandoned in the cold to probable death.

This documentary looks at the amazing lives that have been saved via this ministry, and also takes a look at the culture because the number of abandoned babies has doubled in the last two years. Yet many would have died without the drop box. Pastor Jong-rak Lee is a humble man who says, “I was brought up with love.” He wants to make sure these abandoned babies are too. Psalm 27:10 is printed on the box: “For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.” We see these precious little souls, a Down syndrome girl, a boy born without a right hand, a boy born without fingers and toes, and a little girl named Hanna who died after living six years and touching many hearts. After the loss of Hanna, the pastor said, “God, I will die for these babies.”

It is mentioned that drug use played a part in some of the disabilities these unwanted children face, yet they are cared for when left at the drop box. Various people, including the pastor’s wife, speak of his passion for these children and their concern about what will happen to them when he is gone. His health has deteriorated and he has lost much sleep as the drop box bell has rung often. Pastor Lee says God sent the babies to them to care for and they each have a purpose.

This documentary will be a bit intense for very young children, but will touch many kids as well as parents. Therefore, we are awarding “The Drop Box” our Faith Friendly Seal for all ages. This movie earns five Doves. It is that inspiring and remarkable.

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Content Description

Sex: It's stated many babies are born from teen mothers who are mostly unwed.
Language: None
Violence: Mention of a mother who was beaten and abused and dropped her baby off.
Drugs: Drug use has caused some disabilities for some of the babies.
Nudity: Babies are seen in a few cases with not much clothing on.
Other: Babies with mucus and disabilities are seen; it's mentioned some mothers considered suicide and taking their baby's life before dropping them off at the drop box.


Company: Virgil Films
Director: Brian Ivie
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 77 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter