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The lovers and the despot

The incredible tale of South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee and her husband, film director Shin Sang-ok, being kidnapped by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. As weird as it sounds it did happen. 228 more words


Review: The Lovers And The Despot

Directed by Ross Adam, Robert Cannan

Certificate PG

Starring Choi Eun-hee, Shin Sang-ok

Release 23rd September 2016


I know it’s a cliché, but you seriously couldn’t make up a story like this one – how the de facto ruler of North Korea kidnapped the South’s top director and number one actress so they could make films for him instead. 612 more words

Film Review

'The Lovers and the Despot" Doc Look at International Intrigue in North Korea

This fascinating documentary, “The Lovers and the Despot,” will some day form the basis for a romantic thriller that will hopefully not be whitewashed. The two lovers were luminaries in the South Korean film industry and they were kidnapped by the despot–Kim Jong-il, the dictator of North Korea from 1994 until his death in 2011. 636 more words

Monjilla At The Movies

Pulgasari (1985)

There’s a fascinating-looking book I’ve been meaning to read about the true life story of a couple who were effectively held hostage by now-deceased North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il and forced to make big budget propaganda films at his whim ( 864 more words

Brandon Ledet

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

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