- I wanted to offer my hand to those of you that had lost everything of the lives they once knew. I've remained Joon-gi Han so that you might take my hand and come home. I aim to see that not a single one of us gets left behind...
— Yeonsu Kim, Yakuza 7
Yeonsu Kim (김용수, Kim Yeonsu/キム・ヨンス, Kimu Yonsu), also known as Joon-gi Han, is a character appearing in Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
Yeonsu Kim has slicked-back "silver ash" colored hair, much like Joon-gi Han, and his face has been restructured to look exactly like the latter. His attire consists of black coat, a pair of black pants, and a pair of black combat boots. In his initial attire he also wears a black mask.
Yeonsu is shown to have a calm and collected manner, intentionally modeled after the real Joon-gi's personality. However, unlike the real Joon-gi, Yeonsu is more of an introverted and stoic character and lacks the hotblooded extravagance and arrogant and vengeful demeanor his predecessor had. On the other hand, Yeonsu can be pretty ruthless as his deceased lookalike, and he never hesitates to put down an opponent that would pose a threat to him or the things he cares about, such as his newly acquired friends or the Geomijul.
Yeonsu always speaks fondly of Joon-gi, almost considering him to be like a brother and always idolized him prior to his death, so much so that he prefers to be called Joon-gi Han to honor his late leader's legacy while carving out a new one on his own. He is also shown to be guilt-ridden over the fact how he completely failed his job as Joon-gi's body double.
His stoic and reserved demeanor gradually melts away as he spends more and more time with Kasuga and the group, showing a more lighthearted side that's not above having fun with his new friends. His caring side is exemplified further in his final Drink Link, as he revealed he kept using his dead leader's name in addition to drawing out former Jingweon members so that he could get them into the Geomijul, as a safe haven for lost souls.
Some side conversations indicate he takes great interest in maintaining his looks and physique, showing some degree of vanity.
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Yeonsu was born in Japan, after his father was sent there in order to avenge his fallen comrades in the feud between the Jingweon Mafia and the Tojo Clan. However, he failed in his task and as a result, was discarded and forced to stay in Japan, becoming one of the Stray Jingweon Mafia. Yeonsu recalls that ever since he was young, his family was ostracized by both their Japanese and Korean peers and as such, felt like they didn't belong anywhere, going as far as saying that their family was treated like slime and kicked out wherever they went.
In addition to not feeling welcome anywhere, Yeonsu describes his father being a lowly thug and an alcoholic who was abusive towards him, hitting him and using him as a bargaining chip in order to get closer to the real Joon-gi Han. Not long after, Yeonsu's father drugged him and made Yeonsu unwillingly undergo plastic surgery in order to to act as a body double for Joon-gi. He was then taken under Joon-gi's wing, and the two ended up becoming closer. Despite their master-servant relationship, Yeonsu fondly remembers that being next to Joon-gi felt like he was at home.
After Joon-gi's death, Yeonsu, along with the few remaining members of Jingweon, fled Kamurocho before he realized how he had no place to go or return to. Afterwards Yeonsu tried to find refuge in the other Korean communities, but they did not accept him and saw him as a criminal, to the point of reporting him to the police when Yeonsu asked why they'd abandon another one of their own. However, the police officers who came to retain him turned out to be Geomijul members sent out by Seong-hui, and instead of being incarnated, he was taken to Yokohama. He then joined Geomijul and soon after, learnt how the real Joon-gi Han died and that his assassin was already dead, leaving him in a despairful and broken state. While recovering he realized how Seong-hui was like the real Joon-gi, in the sense that how he felt at home around her and she was like the sister he'd never had. This then lead Yeonsu to swear loyalty upon her and later on, he ended up becoming her right hand and the second-in-command of the Geomijul.
Yakuza: Like A Dragon: 2000-2019
After Joon-gi Han's death in 2016, Yeonsu developed identity issues and a desire of becoming his own self, not a doppelganger of someone else. Along with this, he was persecuted by the Jingweon Mafia, for being alive while the real Joon-gi is dead.
Yeonsu is first shown in Chapter 6 when he comes to rescue Ichiban and his party, while they are being held hostage by Lao Ma in an underground dungeon.
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Yeonsu Kim excels in fistfight, and his moves are mostly based on boxing with other martial arts such as taekwondo. He is also able to dual wield handguns and is proficient in using karambit, as shown in one of his Heat Actions. Yeonsu is the fastest fighter in Ichiban's group. This is further exemplified as one of his skills allow him to relax his muscles, supremely boosting his evasion and accuracy. He also has access to other weaponry such as a stun gun which may cause the enemy to suffer paralysis, and sleeping powder which knocks out an enemy into a deep sleep. Yeonsu's time in the shadows has further honed his skill in the arts of assassination, as one of his skills allow him to become invisible and surprise an enemy when they least expect it.
In battle, he also has an increased resistance against charm, brainwash and rage.
- During his first Drink Link with Ichiban, Yeonsu reveals that he also enjoys video games.
- He may be in his 30s, as revealed in a Drink Link conversation where he stated that he was 20 in 2006.
- Yeonsu is the only party member who does not have a karaoke song. When you talk to him at Survive Bar (before reaching Bond Level 5 with him), he sometimes says he is not fond of singing.
- Yeonsu is quite passionate about food and wine, as shown in a lot of his Table Talk scenes.