Films in the DPRK
May 10, 2013 3:28 PM Subscribe
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Former Great Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il
was a noted cinephile
with a personal video library of over 20,000 movies. In 1970, he said "The motion picture industry, when dealing with the socialist reality, has not yet reached the standard set by our Party."
To help it reach the standard, the Dear Leader wrote a treatise On the Art of the Cinema
(PDF), took an interest in minute details of film production (as recounted by film stars
), revamped the Taedongmun Cinema House
, and kidnapped a director (previously 1
But did this lead to better movies?....
It's hard to know. We are aware of over 200 North Korean films (database
) but very few of them have been seen outside the DPRK, and not all of those have English subtitles. But some do and have found their way to YouTube. For example:
But one thing you might notice, as you browse through this relatively large playlist of North Korean movies on YouTube
is that whether the story involves an old man
or a young woman
, whether it's about a soldier
or a tree planter
, the movies usually end on a similar set of themes.