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  •  Kim Young(sic) Il: a tradition of Korean cinema (2+ / 0-)
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    One of the more surprising facts about Kim Jong-il was his love of cinema. He reportedly owned more than 20,000 videos and DVDs and counted Elizabeth Taylor among his favourite actresses.
    "The cinema occupies an important place in the overall development of art and literature. As such it is a powerful ideological weapon for the revolution and construction."
    So wrote Kim Jong-il in his 1987 essay The Cinema and Directing....
    "No production of high ideological and artistic value can evolve out of a creative group whose members are not united ideologically and in which discipline and order have not been established," he decreed in 1987...
    But Kim's appetite for cinema went to bigger, and stranger, extremes. In 1978, long before he succeeded his father Kim Il Sung, he ordered the kidnapping of South Korea's most famous film director. Kim was portrayed as a speech-impaired, isolated dictator in Team America: World Police
    Shin Sang-ok was abducted during a trip to Hong Kong. Agents shoved him into a waiting car, threw a bag over his head and transported him, wrapped in plastic, to Pyongyang. He was kept in an all-male prison for several years and was forced to survive on a diet of "grass, salt and rice" as punishment for trying to escape.

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 01:29:27 PM PST

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