A Kim Jong-Il Production. The Extraordinary True Story Of A Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, And A Young Dictator's Rise To Power

Fischer Paul

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Cover Type: Hardcover
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: As New
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publisher Place: New York
Publisher Year: 2015
Edition: First Edition

Description: 353 pages. Book and Jacket appear to have hardly been read and are both in As new condition throughout.

Publishers Description: Before becoming the worlds most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Koreas 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 Koreas most famous actressand her ex-husband Shin Sang-Ok, the countrys 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 Leaders 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 Leaders film advisors. Together they made seven films, in the process gaining Kim Jong-Ils trust. While pretending to research a film in Vienna, they flee to the U.S. embassy and are swept to safety.A nonfiction thriller packed with tension, passion, and politics, author Paul Fischers A Kim Jong-Il Production offers a rare glimpse into a secretive world, illuminating a fascinating chapter of North Koreas history that helps explain how it became the hermetically sealed, intensely stage-managed country it remains today.

ISBN: 9781250054265


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