A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power

A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power

Paul Fischer


prior to changing into the world's such a lot infamous dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's Ministry for Propaganda and its movie studios. Conceiving each motion picture made, he acted as manufacturer and screenwriter. regardless of this keep an eye on, he used to be underwhelmed by way of the to be had expertise and took drastic steps, ordering the abduction of Choi Eun-Hee (Madam Choi)—South Korea's most famed actress—and her ex-husband Shin Sang-Ok, the country's most famed filmmaker.Madam Choi vanished first. whilst Shin went to Hong Kong to enquire, he used to be attacked and awakened wrapped in plastic sheeting aboard a boat certain for North Korea. Madam Choi lived in remoted luxurious, allowed in simple terms to wait the valuable Leader's dinner events. Shin, in the meantime, attempted to flee, used to be despatched to felony camp, and "re-educated." After 4 years he cracked, pledging loyalty. Reunited with Choi on the first celebration he attends, it's introduced that the couple will remarry and act because the expensive Leader's movie advisors. jointly they made seven movies, within the technique gaining Kim Jong-Il's belief. whereas pretending to investigate a movie in Vienna, they flee to the U.S. embassy and are swept to safety.A nonfiction mystery filled with stress, ardour, and politics, writer Paul Fischer's A Kim Jong-Il Production deals a unprecedented glimpse right into a secretive global, illuminating a desirable bankruptcy of North Korea's background that is helping clarify the way it grew to become the hermetically sealed, intensely stage-managed nation it continues to be at the present time.

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