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

In 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 Leader’s 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 Leader’s film adviso Impeccably researched riveting details of a brazen abduction of prominent South Korean film artists by North Korea s megalomaniac Kim Jong IlKim Jong Il decides film production will bring him acclaim world wide he orchestrates the abduction of South Korean film industry s Shin Sang Ok and Choi Eun Hee By sharing the couples story Fischer allows entrance into inner North Korea Through the abduction of Shin Sang 0k and Choi Eun Hee we realize how intricate and nefarious North Korea operated under the dictatorship of Kim Jong Il Prison conditions beyond harsh the educating of youth the treatment of citizens all exposed I found the unpredictable and absurd behavior of Kim Jong Il while under the influence or entertaining downright hilarious he is unbelievably self absorbed and power hungry Luckily Shin Sang 0k and Choi Eun Hee played the role of their lives and outsmarted Kim Jong Il I was astounded by the bevy of abductions committed by North Korea people from all nations at riskShin Sang 0k and Choi Eun Hee endured much not nearly as a horrific ordeal as others nonetheless grueling Their plight makes for an engrossing page turning story You find yourself appalled by the audacity of this isolated communist nation and its narcissist dictator This story feels like a movie it s too absurd to believe but with North Korea anything is truly possible with their thinking and anticsFischer scores high with research and writing A wonderful view of North Korea from the inside out uite a page turner of a story Unbelievable story but it s very true Highly recommend

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Rs Together they made seven films in the process gaining Kim Jong Il’s trust While pretending to research a film in Vienna they flee to the US embassy and are swept to safetyA nonfiction thriller packed with tension passion and politics A Kim Jong Il Production offers a rare glimpse into a secretive world illuminating a fascinating chapter of North Korea’s history that helps explain how it became the hermetically sealed intensely stage managed country it remains toda You probably read about this in the newspapers An ultra strange story of how famed South Korean actress Choi Eun hee and her husband the film director Shin Sang ok were kidnapped by Kim Jong Il and the North Korean regime held for eight years and forced to make movies It s a tale of international espionage skulduggery defections escape attempts and naked propaganda This is a story of bizarre intrigue which is much Fleming than le Carr although I think even Ian Fleming would have thought some of the plot twists a bit out therePaul Fischer relates it in a charming breezy style which works well at this intersection of the bright lights of show business and an ultra hard secret service of a dictator But the style doesn t trivialise the content indeed it makes those passages where we delve into life in North Korea have an even harsher slap for example the hardships and drudgery the average North Korean or the fact that North Korea s largest prison camp is bigger than the city of Los Angeles and the various tortures which take place within This is a story told for entertainment and Fischer makes it as entertaining as possible but he pointedly refuses to ignore the grim realities Kim Jong Il himself comes across as something of a paradox yes he is your standard overgrown spoilt child and the point is made late in the book that in his egotistical capricious short tempered demanding way he was just like the other film producers Choi Eun hee and Shin Sang ok knew but he also struck me as a man who lived inside a bubble of his own creating The hermit kingdom he and his father ran kept the outside world away from its populous to preserve the mystiue that they were living in the greatest country on Earth North Koreans were for a long time unaware of the luxuries which existed as a matter of course elsewhere but Kim Jong Il was a man who actually consumed mass media from that outside world and knew that wasn t the case yet he seemed to believe in the bubble anywayA fascinating book an excellent book a book I d thoroughly recommend It makes me want to go out and track down some of the films of Shin Sang ok and the performances of Choi Eun hee just to see what all the fuss was about

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Before becoming the world’s most notorious dictator Kim Jong Il ran North Korea’s 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 Korea’s most famous actress and her ex husband Shin Sang Ok the country’s most famous filmmakerMadam Choi vanished first When Sh Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestI was inspired to buy A KIM JONG IL PRODUCTION after I received and enjoyed an ARC of THE GREAT SUCCESSOR a biography of Kim Jong Il s youngest son and heir apparent Kim Jong Un In my review I praised the author for her diligent research and the honest portrayal of the leader of a hostile nation where I m afraid the temptation is far too often to demonize This is dangerous because cartoonish portrayals of harmful individuals fail to acknowledge what we should all keep in mind even people who commit harmful acts are people like you and me and the things that make them seem most human even sympathetic are precisely what make them so effective and so dangerous It s important to understand those nuances and keep them top of mind not just for our own safety but so we don t emulate those behaviors ourselvesA KIM JONG IL PRODUCTION is one of those stranger than fiction tales that reads like an airport thriller but is actually true It is about the South Korean film director Shin Sang Ok and his wife Choi Eun Hee and their kidnapping by DPRK officials Why Because Kim Jong Il understood the importance of the legacy of pop culture and what it had to offer and that in order to be memorable and leave his mark in his country he would have to contribute something meaningful not just to his people but also on an international level as wellAfter several escape attempts and even some prison time in the case of Shin Sang Ok they were coerced into compliance and ended up making a number of incredibly successful films in DPRK some of which received international accolades Perhaps the most famous is Pulgasari which ironically was the mark of his decline as a film maker and has since received cult status as a Z movie on par with The Room and Trolls 2 and its Western remake Galgameth is no less heinous with a character who looks like an extra from the Dinosaurs TV show But the content he produced pleased Kim Jong Il who accorded them and freedoms until finally they were able to flee to a US embassy where they received asylumFischer does his best to portray Kim Jong Il as a well rounded person who saw nothing wrong with killing those who wronged him including the public execution of an indiscreet mistress but genuinely wanted the admiration of his people and would be self effacing and abashed by public displays acknowledging his greatness Shin and Choi according to this biography always wanted to escape but it seems like they came to identify with their captor as well by necessity yes but also because he was capable of being charming when he wanted to be even though he also could be cruel and took care that they never felt too comfortable or at ease around themMy heart really ached for Choi and Shin Shin s chapters in the prison were nightmarish and the descriptions of what happened to Choi during the Korean War and before were heart rending Her relationship with Shin should have been an oasis but his affairs ended up breaking her heart Ironically their mutual imprisonment in North Korea ended up bringing the two of them back together and they even remarried first at Jong Il s behest in a trumped up PR event of a ceremony but then on their own terms in Europe It was heart rending how they found solace in each other and it made sense why they got back together nobody else could have understood their hardship and I m sure they found a comfort in the sympathy that arose from their shared tragedyThe ending sadly isn t completely a happily ever after There were plenty of individuals who believed that they lied about their kidnapping and were actual defectors Their careers tanked Choi could not find work as an elderly actress of color and all of Shin s later attempt to direct were relative failures including many Disney TV movies with abysmal ratings like the aforementioned Galgameth and 3 Ninjas I m sure that was uite a blow being one of the hallmarks of an era only to end up doing kids movies that nobody really likedI would recommend A KIM JONG IL PRODUCTION to anyone who would like to get a nuanced history of the Korean war North Korea and Kim Jong Il as well as insight into a very strange true crime event from history that people still occasionally make references to to this day It s definitely not happy reading so I would save it for a day when you re in the right mental state but if you can stomach the content it s fascinating and eye opening and will definitely give you new insights into a very secretive nation and the storied history of a tragic couple35 to 4 stars


About the Author: Paul Fischer

PAUL FISCHER is a film producer who studied social sciences at the Institut d'Etudes Politiues in Paris and film at the University of Southern California and the New York Film Academy Paul's first feature film the documentary Radioman won the Grand Jury Prize at the Doc NYC festival and was released to critical and commercial acclaim A Kim Jong Il Production is his first book



10 thoughts on “A Kim Jong Il Production The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker His Star Actress and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power

  1. says:

    This book is a strong 35 stars maybe even tilting toward 4 If you're interested in it read it It's fun short and fascinating My star docking is of a content critiue but attention spans being what they are these days I wanted to get that out of the wayDevelopment Kim Jong Il was not always “Dear Leader” As a child he was called “Yura” Though he was the son of Kim Sung Il “The Great Leader” and founder of North Korea aka

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    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestI was inspired to buy A KIM JONG IL PRODUCTION after I received and enjoyed an ARC of THE GREAT SUCCESSOR a biography of Kim Jong Il's youngest son and heir apparent Kim Jong Un In my review I praised the author for her diligent research and the honest portrayal of the lead

  3. says:

    Speechless Nearly wordless I've been to Oz but it's Mickey Mouse who rules as a god like Sun King the subjects know their lines perfectly to exalt His Majesty but if they miss a word or don't smile perfectly for

  4. says:

    This work of creative nonfiction will undoubtedly catch many Asia watchers by surprise Facts about North Korea are thin on the ground here in America but this book blasts open a personal history of Kim Jong Il with a canny graceful and wise commentary that seems far beyond what anyone else has been able to manage It is a

  5. says:

    Read by Stephen ParkDescription Before becoming the world’s most notorious dictator Kim Jong Il ran North Korea

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    Impeccably researched riveting details of a brazen abduction of prominent South Korean film artists by North Kore

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    I was aware that North Korea kidnapped English and Japanese language teachers to train its spies but these late 1970's high profile abductions were only vague in my memory Through Paul Fischer's gripping narrative you see not only the story of Choi Eun Hee and Shin Sang Ok but also how North Korea is run at the very top The book piued my interest in the The Interview which I saw last nightSouth Korea's most fa

  8. says:

    You probably read about this in the newspapers An ultra strange story of how famed South Korean actress Choi Eun hee and her husband the film director Shin Sang ok were kidnapped by Kim Jong Il and the North Korean regime held for eight years and forced to make movies It’s a tale of international espionage skulduggery

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    What do Americans know about North Korea For even the best informed among us the answer is sadly not much What we know or at least have been persuaded to believe comes largely from the testimony of the small but growing community of North Korean refugees Their experiences contributed to the revelations in three remarkable recent books a wor

  10. says:

    The Kim Jong Il Production is a short but captivating account of the 1980's kidnapping of a south Korean filmmaker and his ex wife a prominent actress by direct orders of 'dear Leader' and future dictator Kim Jong IlCities made of cardboard cu

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