Pulgasari – The true story of kidnap, North Korea, and one awful movie

It’s *sniff* nearly the end of the first ever Screenkicker Olympics but there’s one country that’s notable by its absence. Yes that country is North Korea so in the interests of building bridges here’s an classic post from the Screenkicker archives. Hope you enjoy it!

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Ok hands up who can name a North Korean film. Thought so. Well you’re about to learn about a movie that has a ‘making of’ story even more strange than the plot of the film. North Korea has been in the news a lot lately with their chunky little leader Kim Jong-un acting the hard man and threatening the world.  Craziness runs in the family with his dad Kim Jong-il being a great example of of small man syndrome.

So what has all that got to do with the world of film?  What would you do if you were a angry little megalomaniac movie fan with control of a million man army?  That’s right, you kidnap your favourite director and actress and force them to make a movie for you.  This is exactly what Kim Jong-il did in 1978.  South Korean director Shin Sang-ok and actress Choi Hyun-hee were…

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