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 | June 20, 2017
A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power Author Paul Fischer
ISBN-10 1250054273
ISBN-13 9781250054272
Year 2015-11-24
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher Flatiron Books
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An Amazon Best of The Year Nonfiction SelectionLibrary Journal Top Ten Book of the Year The Extraordinary True Story of Kim Jong Ils kidnapping of the golden couple of South Korean Cinema The Movies They Were Forced to Make and Their Daring Escape Before becoming the worlds most notorious dictator Kim Jong Il ran North Koreas Ministry for Propaganda and all its film studios Underwhelmed by the pool of talent available to him he took drastic steps ordering the kidnap of Choi Eun Hee Madame Choi South Koreas most famous actress and her ex husband Shin Sang Ok the countrys most famous filmmaker But as Madame Choi and Shin Shang Ok begin to make North Koreas greatest films they hatch a plan of escape worthy of a blockbuster Hollywood ending A Kim Jong Il Production is that rarest of books a wildly entertaining cunningly told story that offers a rare glimpse into a nation still wrapped in mystery Gripping A Kim Jong Il Production tells the absurd harrowing and true story of Choi and Shin s ordeal which reveals the importance of film as propaganda to the North Korean regime Esquire comThe 1978 abductions of the South Korean actress Choi Eun He and her ex husband the director Shin Sang Ok in Hong Kong is the true crime at the center of Paul Fischer s gripping and surprisingly timely new book The New York TimesAn entertaining new bookdetails how Shin and Choi finally seized their chance to seek asylumA stupefying novelistic read The Boston Globe Fischer s entertaining narrative paints an arresting portrait of a North Korean theater state forced to enact the demented script of a sociopathic tyrant Publishers Weekly Paul Fischer s book A Kim Jong Il Production is a highly illuminating deep dive on the middle Kim s cinematic obsessions and the film arms race between the two Koreas The Washington PostExhaustively researched highly engrossing chronicle of the outrageous abduction of a pair of well known South Korean filmmakers by the nefarious network of North Korea s Kim Jong Il Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

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