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

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 1250054273 9781250054272
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An Amazon Best of The Year Nonfiction Selection

Library 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 Shins ordeal, which reveals the importance of film as propaganda to the North Korean regime." --Esquire.com
"The 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 Fischers gripping and surprisingly timely new book." --The New York Times
"An entertaining new book...details how [Shin and Choi] finally seized their chance to seek asylum...A stupefying, novelistic read." --The Boston Globe

"Fischers 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 Fischers book A Kim Jong-Il Production is a highly illuminating deep dive on the middle Kims cinematic obsessions and the film arms race between the two Koreas." --The Washington Post

"Exhaustively researched, highly engrossing chronicle of the outrageous abduction of a pair of well-known South Korean filmmakers by the nefarious network of North Koreas Kim Jong-Il."--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Author: Paul Fischer

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 384

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publication Date: 2015-11-24


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