logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power - Paul Fischer
A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power
by: (author)
3.50 15
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... show more
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 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 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 advisors. 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 U.S. embassy and are swept to safety.A nonfiction thriller packed with tension, passion, and politics, author Paul Fischer's 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 today.
show less
Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781250054265 (1250054265)
ASIN: 1250054265
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
Bookstores:
Community Reviews
chrisross
chrisross rated it
5.0 A Kim Jong-Il Production:
I listened to the audio book and the beginning is slow. It gets very good and I cannot believe the number of people North Korea has kidnapped and it made we think that a lot of it was going on while I was in High School in the 1980's. A riveting book which examines Choi-Eun-hee and Shin Sang-ok ...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.5 A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power by Paul Fischer
bookshelves: spring-2015, published-2015, nonfiction, biography, twats-in-real-life, true-grime, totalitarian, rape, casual-violence, north-korea, south-korea, microhistory, cults-societies-brotherhoods, propaganda, art-forms, betrayal, bullies, censorship, dark-ages, eye-scorcher, foxtrotted-unifo...
Seriously, Read a Book!
Seriously, Read a Book! rated it
3.5 A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power
This book is a strong 3.5 stars, maybe even tilting toward 4. If you're interested in it—read it. It's fun, short, and fascinating. My star-docking is more of a content critique, but (attention spans being what they are these days) I wanted to get that out of the way. Development Kim Jong-Il was n...
Other editions (2)
Books by Paul Fischer
On shelves
Share this Book
Need help?