A reader of the site has forwarded me a film that I’ve not heard of before, and giving we could all do with a little light relief at the moment, I am very excited to watch the below romantic-comedy from North Korea.
No English subtitles but let me know what you think! Hopefully I will get around to adding it to the database soon…
Favourite Young Man (마음에 드는 청년) 1989
Hello budding North Korean movie detectives…
I have managed to get hold of four North Korean movie posters – and even have the names of the movies in English – but I am unable to find out any details of these movies.
Given the wide-range of DPRK/Korea-speaking/film legends I have occasionally commenting on this humble blog, would anyone be able to point to any resources about when these movies are about?
It may well be that these movies have been given different English titles, or that details on them can be found by searching their Korean names? Any details would be greatly appreciated in this case. Just leave a comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with the hunt!
A Forked Road in the Forrest
Don’t Worry About the Construction
On the Road of a Brilliant Exploit
A little light reading for a Monday…
Here are a few of my favourite quotes as I (not for the first time) flick through Kim Jong-Il’s seminal tome on how to make a film (in North Korea).
“A film without music is incomplete.”
“In a wide-screen film, it is better to shoot long scenes which match the flow of life and to prolong the effective emotional content by means of efficient editing based on the unrestricted movement of the camera.”
“Make-up in a noble art.”
“Success in acting must be assured by persistent effort.”
I know I promised the mother-lode but I’m afraid it’s just going to have to be another taste. Here’s the first part (there are three in total) of a DPRK documentary about Kim Jong-Il’s efforts as a producer in North Korea.
Fascinating because: you see interviews with actors, some great pictures I’d not seen before and, best of all, it’s in English.
Happy Friday everyone.
I dug out some footage from Chinese broadcaster CCTV of the Pyongyang International Film Festival that is going on at the moment.
I am sick as a dog not to be there – alas my application to enter a film into the festival was not accepted… in fact I just never heard back after a long period of time getting things together for the application. Oh well, perhaps I can go in two years time.
The member of the audience speaking is Korean and his soundbite translates as:
“It’s my first time to take part in the film festival. I am so excited. I think Chinese movies are the best.”
Johannes Schönherr dropped me a line the other day to highlight an interview he conducted with Masao Kobayashi, the producer of Somi – the Taekwon-do Woman.
Always good to hear from the man as he highlights another little insight into making movies in the DPRK. You might remember us speaking previously about a potential screening of the DPRK-Japan co-production in London in an earlier post. If you are interested in seeing the film, please contribute!
A little down the line I hope to have a review of Johannes Schönherr’s book on North Korea cinema which has now officially been released. Grab your copy here.
Koryo Tours gets a lot of mentions here on the site. And with good reason. Nick Bonner and the guys run a slick outfit offering tours to North Korea, but most meaningfully for me they have had a hand in some of the best documentaries about North Korea as well bringing attention to the DPRK’s own cinematic output.
I’ve knew Nick Bonner during my time in Beijing and had long heard of his dream of filming a rom-com in North Korea with an entirely North Korean cast. So I was especially pleased when a long-time follower of the site forwarded me this New York Times article about the imminent release of the film Comrade Kim Goes Flying.
The film is due to get a premier at the Pyongyang International Film Festival and we’ll keep an eye out for it turning up on DVD, too.