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Rs Together they made seven films in the process gaining Kim Jong Il’s trust While pretending to research a film in Vienna they flee to the US embassy and are swept to safetyA nonfiction thriller packed with tension passion and politics A Kim Jong Il Production offers a rare glimpse into a secretive world illuminating a fascinating chapter of North Korea’s history that helps explain how it became the hermetically sealed intensely stage managed country it remains toda. You probably read about this in the newspapers An ultra strange story of how famed South Korean actress Choi Eun hee and her husband the film director Shin Sang ok were kidnapped by Kim Jong Il and the North Korean regime held for eight years and forced to make movies It s a tale of international espionage skulduggery defections escape attempts and naked propaganda This is a story of bizarre intrigue which is much Fleming than le Carr although I think even Ian Fleming would have thought some of the plot twists a bit out therePaul Fischer relates it in a charming breezy style which works well at this intersection of the bright lights of show business and an ultra hard secret service of a dictator But the style doesn t trivialise the content indeed it makes those passages where we delve into life in North Korea have an even harsher slap for example the hardships and drudgery the average North Korean or the fact that North Korea s largest prison camp is bigger than the city of Los Angeles and the various tortures which take place within This is a story told for entertainment and Fischer makes it as entertaining as possible but he pointedly refuses to ignore the grim realities Kim Jong Il himself comes across as something of a paradox yes he is your standard overgrown spoilt child and the point is made late in the book that in his egotistical capricious short tempered demanding way he was just like the other film producers Choi Eun hee and Shin Sang ok knew but he also struck me as a man who lived inside a bubble of his own creating The hermit kingdom he and his father ran kept the outside world away from its populous to preserve the mystiue that they were living in the greatest country on Earth North Koreans were for a long time unaware of the luxuries which existed as a matter of course elsewhere but Kim Jong Il was a man who actually consumed mass media from that outside world and knew that wasn t the case yet he seemed to believe in the bubble anywayA fascinating book an excellent book a book I d thoroughly recommend It makes me want to go out and track down some of the films of Shin Sang ok and the performances of Choi Eun hee just to see what all the fuss was about Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere An Illustrated Introduction Tuttle Martial Arts offers a rare glimpse into a secretive world illuminating a fascinating chapter The Empirical Stance The Terry Lectures Series of North Korea’s history that helps explain how it became the hermetically sealed intensely stage managed country it remains toda. 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A Kim Jong Il Production The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker His Star Actress and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power

In went to Hong Kong to investigate he was attacked and woke up wrapped in plastic sheeting aboard a ship bound for North Korea Madam Choi lived in isolated luxury allowed only to attend the Dear Leader’s dinner parties Shin meanwhile tried to escape was sent to prison camp and re educated After four years he cracked pledging loyalty Reunited with Choi at the first party he attends it is announced that the couple will remarry and act as the Dear Leader’s film adviso. Read by Stephen ParkDescription Before becoming the world s most notorious dictator Kim Jong Il ran North Korea s Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios Conceiving every movie made he acted as producer and screenwriter Despite this control he was underwhelmed by the available talent and took drastic steps ordering the kidnapping of Choi Eun Hee Madam Choi South Korea s most famous actress and her ex husband Shin Sang Ok the country s most famous filmmaker Madam Choi vanished first When Shin went to Hong Kong to investigate he was attacked and woke up wrapped in plastic sheeting aboard a ship bound for North Korea Madam Choi lived in isolated luxury allowed only to attend the Dear Leader s dinner parties Shin meanwhile tried to escape was sent to prison camp and re educated After four years he cracked pledging loyalty Reunited with Choi at the first party he attends it is announced that the couple will remarry and act as the Dear Leader s film advisors Together they made seven films in the process gaining Kim Jong Il s trust While pretending to research a film in Vienna they flee to the US embassy and are swept to safety A nonfiction thriller packed with tension passion and politics A Kim Jong Il Production offers a rare glimpse into a secretive world illuminating a fascinating chapter of North Korea s history that helps explain how it became the hermetically sealed intensely stage managed country it remains today Hypnotising you couldn t make this up I liked that Fischer gives us western films that were popular as it helps to keep the time periods in context Fully recommended if you don t mind sitting with eyes and mouth in perfect O s for the time it takes to go from cover to coverThis cult of personality thing should have been weeded out of human affairs millenia ago it really isn t healthy and yet is persists in figures such as Putin David Miscavige Kim Jong un etcThere is a dearth of Kim Jong Il film making pictures in Google so every review will be playing with this handful available and the images will become stale pretty uickGuardian 2013 The producer from hell375 Die Visioene Van Johanna Brandt only to attend the Dear Leader’s dinner parties Shin meanwhile tried to escape was sent to prison camp and re educated After four years he cracked pledging loyalty Reunited with Choi at the first party he attends it is announced that the couple will remarry and act as the Dear Leader’s film adviso. Read by Stephen ParkDescription Before becoming the world s most notorious dictator Kim Jong Il ran North Korea s Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios Conceiving every movie made he acted as producer and screenwriter Despite this control he was underwhelmed by the available talent and took drastic steps The Neuropsychology of Self Discipline ordering the kidnapping The Accidental Activist only to attend the Dear Leader s dinner parties Shin meanwhile tried to escape was sent to prison camp and re educated After four years he cracked pledging loyalty Reunited with Choi at the first party he attends it is announced that the couple will remarry and act as the Dear Leader s film advisors Together they made seven films in the process gaining Kim Jong Il s trust While pretending to research a film in Vienna they flee to the US embassy and are swept to safety A nonfiction thriller packed with tension passion and politics A Kim Jong Il Production Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions offers a rare glimpse into a secretive world illuminating a fascinating chapter Brenda has a dragon in her blood of North Korea s history that helps explain how it became the hermetically sealed intensely stage managed country it remains today Hypnotising you couldn t make this up I liked that Fischer gives us western films that were popular as it helps to keep the time periods in context Fully recommended if you don t mind sitting with eyes and mouth in perfect O s for the time it takes to go from cover to coverThis cult Divan Of Rudaki of personality thing should have been weeded Choice Stories for Children out Öbür Divan of human affairs millenia ago it really isn t healthy and yet is persists in figures such as Putin David Miscavige Kim Jong un etcThere is a dearth Summary of Homo Deus of Kim Jong Il film making pictures in Google so every review will be playing with this handful available and the images will become stale pretty uickGuardian 2013 The producer from hell375

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Before becoming the world’s most notorious dictator Kim Jong Il ran North Korea’s Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios Conceiving every movie made he acted as producer and screenwriter Despite this control he was underwhelmed by the available talent and took drastic steps ordering the kidnapping of Choi Eun Hee Madam Choi South Korea’s most famous actress and her ex husband Shin Sang Ok the country’s most famous filmmakerMadam Choi vanished first When Sh. This book is a strong 35 stars maybe even tilting toward 4 If you re interested in it read it It s fun short and fascinating My star docking is of a content critiue but attention spans being what they are these days I wanted to get that out of the wayDevelopment Kim Jong Il was not always Dear Leader As a child he was called Yura Though he was the son of Kim Sung Il The Great Leader and founder of North Korea aka Democratic People s Republic of Korea DPRK it wasn t always a given that he would one day take his father s place It s hard to parse the varying stories of his birthancestry check out Time s Kim Family Tree if you re curious Jong Il was passionate about cinema from an early age and when Sung Il taking a page from the Soviet playbook formed the Propaganda and Agitation Department Jong Il soon made a natural and eager Cultural Arts Director As with almost all aspects of society after the Korean War there was a race for supremacy in the film industries between the North and the South Together director Shin Sang Ok and actress Madam Choi Eun Hee were seemingly unstoppable Shin Films became a juggernaut with the combination of Choi on screen and Shin behind the camera their films were met with acclaim in South Korea and abroad Shin and Choi above as happy young newlyweds embodied the success of South Korean films Few people if any would have been as acutely aware of this as Kim Jong Il His obsession with movies was so great that he set up Resource Operation No 100 a fancied up term for what was essentially film piracy and dubbing at DPRK embassies across the world so he could study the work of all the greats Pre Production By the late 1970s however Choi Shin and Kim Jong Il were confronting challenges in their respective lives Though Choi had tried to ignore Shin s infidelities the two divorced after Shin had a baby with a younger actress Shin had a penchant for pushing the limits of what was considered acceptable in South Korea at the time After ignoring the censorship board one time too many the Office of Public Ethics revoked Shin s license to make films Though the first films made in North Korea eg Sea of Blood and The Flower Girl were successful with a uite literally captive audience of people who were exposed to no other media Kim Jong Il was not satisfied Further given that the DPRK was a closed country Jong Il was effectively isolated from foreign talent Both Shin and Choi were essentially foiled by their desires to succeed and pursue their passions Abductionskidnappings across the Korean Demilitarized Zone DMZ were by no means uncommon Fishing boats were regular targets which will come as no surprise to those who have read The Orphan Master s Son and many were skeptical as to whether or not South Korean defectors were truly acting under their own will Choi became a guest of the Dear Leader by way of Hong Kong in 1978 enticed by an opportunity to direct a film which would help her to achieve her dreams for an acting school in South Korea Though the two had divorced Shin was concerned when his ex wife went missing He spoke out to the press about his suspicions of political conspiracy and was also uestioned as a suspect in Choi s disappearance Meanwhile Shin was still trying to resurrect his company and was having passportvisa problems With nibbles but no bites on various foreign deals for film distribution or directing opportunities Shin was growing desperate and was running out of cash When told that he would be able to get a South American passport in Hong Kong he went for it only to find himself traveling on the same freighter that had taken Choi to the People s Republic ProductionThough Shin and Choi were special guests this did not save them from all of the horrors of North Korea s detention and reeducation camps nor were they immediately reunited The conditions of Shin s detainment were particularly bad similar to those described both in The Orphan Master s Son and Escape From Camp 14 It s difficult to describe my impression of Kim Jong Il based on this book To say that he was well intentioned seems naive and it s impossible to imagine what the world looked like through his eyes given his bizarre upbringing However one sees him though Kim Jong Il was undeniably eager to earn the approval of Shin and Choi and in his own way tried to make them happy even re marrying the couple in 1983 below The title of the book reflects Paul Fischer s ongoing depiction of Kim Jong Il as the producer of his country and its narrative Between the late 1960s and the end of his Kim Jong Il s life he created one vast stage production He was the writer director and producer of the nation He conceived his people s roles their devotion their values he wrote their dialogue and forced it upon them he mapped out their entire character arcs from birth to death splicing them out of the picture if they broke type Accordingly there were ways in which working for Kim Jong Il was familiar to Shin and Choi Shin and Choi had both met men like Kim Jong Il on a smaller scale talented but not uite talented enough powerful jealous insecure and boastful with an overinflated sense of their own importance in the world a short temper and an obsessive need to micromanage Kim was they thought the archetypal film producer Likewise for Shin especially Jong Il s unilateral power made his life easier Need to blow up a train Sure thing sorry you ll have to do it in one take because it s a real running train However lacking the incentives inherent in capitalism the same could not be said of the cast and crew So did it work Were Shin and Choi everything Kim Jong Il ever dreamed of In some ways yes Movies in North Korea did get better The people of the DPRK began to share Jong Il s enthusiasm for film in part because the films became something than pure glorifications of life in North Korea Post ProductionShin Sang Ok and Choi Eun Hee however were not truly happy Though they had many of the comforts of the good life they were prisoners Also they were pawns in the propaganda game that got this whole thing started Luckily for them their roles as spokespeople for the DPRK reuired some of the trappings of freedom which proved crucial for their escape Critical ReviewWhile this was a fascinating story which seems well researched though I m no expert Fischer seemed a little overly determined to layer on all of the mystery and weirdness of North Korea and its leaders While I m not planning on overthrowing our democracy any time soon I think that there s always value in trying to see things from other perspectives One of the things I enjoyed about The Orphan Master s Son was its references to how America might look or be portrayed in North Korea a land of illiteracy canines and multicolored condoms I became acutely aware of this while reading Fischer s descriptions of the death and funeral rites of Kim Il Sung Kim Il Sung s body was embalmed and put on display for his people to see The process involved removing all of the Supreme Leader s organs before bathing his hollow corpse in a formaldehyde bath and injecting liters of chemical balsam a cocktail of glycerine and potassium acetate in his veins to keep his flesh lifelike and elastic Finally makeup and lipstick were applied to Kim s face to restore the illusion of youth I m no mortician but that doesn t sound all that different from what goes on at open casket funerals here in the U S of A I think it involves formaldehyde and methanol


10 thoughts on “A Kim Jong Il Production The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker His Star Actress and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power

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    This book is a strong 35 stars maybe even tilting toward 4 If you're interested in it read it It's fun short and fascinating My star docking is of a content critiue but attention spans being what they are these days I wanted to get that out of the wayDevelopment Kim Jong Il was not always “Dear Leader” As a child he wa

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    Speechless Nearly wordless I've been to Oz but it's Mickey Mouse who rules as a god like Sun King the subjects know their lines perfectly to exalt His Majesty but if they miss a word or don't smile perfectly for

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    This work of creative nonfiction will undoubtedly catch many Asia watchers by surprise Facts about North Korea are thin on t

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    Read by Stephen ParkDescription Before becoming the world’s most notorious dictator Kim Jong Il ran North Korea’s Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios Conceiving every movie made he acted as producer and screenwriter Despite this co

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    Impeccably researched riveting details of a brazen abduction of prominent South Korean film artists by North Korea’s megal

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    I was aware that North Korea kidnapped English and Japanese language teachers to train its spies but these late 1970's high

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    You probably read about this in the newspapers An ultra strange story of how famed South Korean actress Choi Eun hee and her husband the film director Shin Sang ok were kidnapped by Kim Jong Il and the North Korean regime h

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    What do Americans know about North Korea? For even the best informed among us the answer is sadly not much What we know or at least have been persuaded to believe comes largely from the testimony of the small but growing community of North Korean refugees Their experiences contributed to the revelations in three

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    The Kim Jong Il Production is a short but captivating account of the 1980's kidnapping of a south Korean filmmaker and his ex wife a prominent actress by direct orders of 'dear Leader' and future dictator Kim Jong IlCities made of cardboard cut outs starving people proudly proclaiming that there are no starving people in North Korea and a s

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