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Book review: A Kim Jong Il Production

A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Incredible True Story of North Korea and the Most Audacious Kidnapping in History 

By Paul Fischer

Anyone under the impression that the North Korean regime under the Kims is anti-cinema should consider the fact that kim-Jong Sil amassed an incredible library of films, some 20,000, including the Friday the 13th series and James Bond, which were his favourites. 735 more words

Korean Culture

Seong Chun-Hyang (1961)

Among the most popular old tales in Korea—or so various sites inform me—is that of Chun Hyang, the beautiful daughter of a courtesan, and of Chun Hyang’s efforts to remain faithful to her husband, come what may. 2,504 more words

Dusted Off

Kim Jong Il: 'The Dictator's Cut' - Hannah Streck

Hannah Streck is a psychology graduate having studied at the University of Glasgow, she is currently a Masters student at The London School of Economics and Political Science and is a keen follower of various podcasts. 1,076 more words


Book review: ‘A Kim Jong-Il Producton,’ on filmmaking under duress, by Paul Fischer

Imagine you’re a film producer who’s developing a new movie to be based — like your Oscar-winning “The Last Emperor” (1987) — on a true story.  1,058 more words


A Hong Kong kidnap: how Kim Jong-il had South Korea's top actress abducted from Repulse Bay

A recent book tells the extraordinary story of the kidnapping in Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, of film star Choi Eun-hee and director Shin Sang-ok on the orders of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. 2,061 more words


BookDrunk: About That Time Kim Jong-Il Kidnapped The Producer Of 'Three Ninjas'

Anyone who’s read just about anything about North Korea probably knows that former leader Kim Jong-Il was a film fanatic. He wrote books about film and had a personal library of… 10,604 more words