Paul Fischer writes “A Kim Jong-Il Production”, a documentary the 1978 abduction of the famous South Korean actress Madam Choi, and her ex-husband, the filmmaker Shin Sang-Ok.
Before becoming the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Il headed the Ministry for Propaganda. Dissatisfied with the talent available, he had the famous actress Choi Eun-Hee kidnammed. When her ex-husband started to investigate, he had him kidnapped in Hong Kong and transported to North Korea by ship.
Together, they made seven films for Kim Jong-Il, gaining his trust. During a research trip in Vienna they fled to the US embassy.
The book uses this true story to shed a light on life in North Korea, and to explain how it became the hermetically sealed country it is today.
The seventh film of Choi and Shin, Pulgasari, can be found on Youtube with english subtitles. It is a Godzilla-like monster tale, in which a rice toy of a blacksmiths daugther comes to life and turns into a giant metal-eating monster fighting for the rights of poor farmers in feudal Korea. When the monster eventually turns aganst the farmers, the blacksmiths daugther sacrifices herself killing the monster.
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