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Why Kim Jong-Il Kidnapped Filmmakers

Kim Jong Ils Obsession with Film: From Propaganda to Kidnapping to Hollywood Dreams

  • Kim Jong Il was the second leader of North Korea and a self-proclaimed film buff
  • He used cinema as a tool to drill his propaganda into the minds of millions of North Koreans
  • In 1978, he kidnapped South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee and forced her to star in movies for him
  • Kim rewrote his own backstory as a storyteller, inventing double rainbows and stars that never existed
  • His obsession with film drove him to kidnap people in the name of making movies, movies that he used to brainwash his people but also movies that he hoped would turn North Korea into a center of world-class cinema.

North Korean Films: Embracing Juche Ideology and Socialism

  • In Kim Jong Il’s On the Art of Cinema, he posits that filmmakers should be seen as an extension of the government
  • They should use their artistic skill to help build socialism and communism
  • Characters should have the conviction that they are masters of the revolution and socialist construction
  • He emphasizes the importance of Juche ideology in North Korean films, which promotes self-reliance, isolationism, and glorifies independence from outsiders.

North Korean Cinema: A Celebration of Self-Reliance and Nationalism

  • In North Korean films, the themes of self-reliance and struggle are heavily emphasized
  • The regime encourages citizens to view suffering as a necessary part of achieving happiness
  • Stories are used to glorify and give meaning to North Korean suffering and nationalism
  • Music is incorporated into the films that has a revolutionary passion and encourages submission to the state
  • Women are given significant roles in which they must sacrifice for their country.

Kim Jong Ils Forced Cult Classic: Pulgasari and its Troubling Tale of Kidnapping and Propaganda

  • Kim Jong Il ran the film studios in North Korea
  • He produced dozens of movies, mostly propaganda for his family’s political agenda, but the films lacked quality
  • So Kim Jong Il kidnapped two South Korean movie stars, Choi Eun-hee and Shin Sang-ok and forced them to make six movies for him
  • One of these movies was a rip off of a 1962 South Korean film called “Bulgasari” which was inspired by “Godzilla”
  • Kim Jong Il also recruited people from Japan who worked on “The Return of Godzilla” in addition to the stolen director
  • This film, “Pulgasari,” still had North Korean cinematic tricks employed as it was propaganda, and it ended with a female sacrifice.

Exploring the Impact of North Korean Cinema on Society: A Story of Kidnapping and Propaganda

  • This video discusses the influence of North Korean cinema on society and its interpretation. It relays the story of a South Korean director kidnapped by Kim Jong Il who cautiously used his films to create an analogy for the tragedy of North Korea
  • It also examines how Kim Jong Il’s love for movies was used as a form of propaganda with extreme nationalism and praise for Kim Jong Un. The video also touches upon Shin’s asylum in the US after his escape from Vienna, and how he has since become unmentionable in North Korea without punishment. Finally, it notes that Kim Jong Il’s legacy still remains strong with a recent movie released in 2016
  • Additionally, there is an international film festival hosted in Pyongyang that invites countries that North Korea “vibes” with.

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(pensive music)(film whirring)- It's late afternoon ona warm winter day in 1978and South Korean actress Choi Eun-heeis walking along a secludedbeach in Hong Kong.40 feet away, a woman sheknows stands on the shore,motioning her to come over.A few strong lookingmen stand by her side.Choi feels uneasy,,like something bad is about to happen.And she's right.She's been lured here.As Choi walks over to the woman,a speedboat filled with morestrong looking men pulls upto the shore.The men watch as Choi approaches,and when she gets near,they nod at each other.They grab her and theyforce her into the boat.Their destination?North Korea(pensive music)Choi was kidnapped to beforced to star in moviesfor the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il.(pensive music)(film clicking)This is a story about film and cinemain the scariest country on Earth,but really, this is about a storyteller.Kim Jong Il, the secondleader of North Korea,a man who could changethe weather with his moodand who invented thehamburger in the year 2000even though it had already been invented.And one thing about JongIl is that he loved movies.He used the art and craft of cinema,not only as a tool to indulgehis own creative dreams,but also as a way to drillhis propaganda into the mindsof millions of North Koreansto hold onto power, cementing himand his family as the powerfulleaders of North Korea.(pensive music)Hey, before we go on,did you know that there is amarket of people and companiesthat do everything in theirpower to know more about you,about your birthday, about your address,about your online activity,about your preferences,so that they can take thatand sell it on an open marketto corporations that wanna market to you?I hate that.It's gotten so out of control.My email inbox is a mess.My phone is always ringingand most of the time, it's robots.I am done with this.Luckily, there exists a solutionand that solutionhappens to be the sponsorof today's video.Thank you, Incogni.Incogni is a service thattakes you off of 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of yourpersonal information from allof these marketplaces.What you're paying for is privacy.Incogni is here to help protect usfrom what has become avery malicious industryof data brokers.Thank you, Incogni for existingand for sponsoring today's video.Let's get back to Kim Jong Iland all of his wild shenanigans.(singer singing in foreign language)(film whirring)(pensive music)- We watched as many North Korean filmsas we could get our handson to make this video.And let me tell you,this is a world of cinema unlikeanything you've ever seen.It's one full of farmerrevolutions and extreme nationalismand women frequentlysacrificing their lives,as well as a lot of music,spontaneous odes to the great leaderand some really colorful operas.(singer singing in foreign language)- So I wanna let you into this worldand show you how this happened,how this one man's obsession drove himto literally kidnap peoplein the name of making movies,movies that he used tobrainwash his people,but also movies that he hopedwould help fulfill his dreamof turning North Korea into acenter of world-class cinema.(film whirring)(gentle music)(tape clattering)(tape inserting)(tape beeping)(tranquil music)Up near the misty volcano of Mount Paektuin a modest log cabin enshroudedin dense snow-capped forest,the great leader opened hiseyes for the very first time.The thunderous rain stilled,the dark clouds partedand through them, a glimmeringdouble rainbow emerged,arching its way acrossthe muted morning skyand a bright new star appeared overheadmaking its debut in the open heavens.The shining star of Paektu had arrived.Well, at least that's the storythat most North Koreans were told.In reality, the year was actually 1941,likely at some Sovietmilitary base in Russia.There probably weren't anyrainbows or new stars created.It's probably just a normal day.Oh, and his given namewasn't even Kim Jong Il.It was Yurei Ilsenovitch Kim, right?That's like a total Russian name.As an adult, he rewrote hisbackstory again and againover the course of like 20 years.And this is our first bigclue about Kim Jong Il,the second leader of North Korea.He was a storyteller.(film whirring)(actor singing in foreign language)- The legend goes that whenhe was seven years old,he was watching this North Korean filmcalled "My Home Village."He's with his parents.And after the movie, thisseven-year-old Jong Il marched upto one of the filmmakers andtold him that the winter scenein the movie didn't feel lifelikebecause the falling snowwasn't actually collectingon the character's head,like it didn't look natural.And instead it lookedlike what it actually was,which was cotton balls, totallylow budget and unacceptable.The filmmakers were so ashamedthat they reshot the scenewithout the falling snowand re-released the film.Jong Il's obsession withmovies grew over timetill he eventually collected20,000 bootlegged VHSand DVDs that were stored inan air conditioned librarymanned with 250 full-time employees.Like, this guy wasserious about his moviesand he would watch thesemovies, like all the time,everything from HollywoodWesterns to classics,like "Friday the 13th" and "Rambo"to Japanese monstermovies like "Godzilla."He was a big fan of Americanstars like Elizabeth Taylor,and he apparently loved Daffy Duckand the James Bond franchise.Well, that is until a Bond film came outwhere North Korean leaderswere like the enemies.He was actually prettyinsulted with that one.But this guy was a full-blown cinephile.Like, he watched so many moviesthat his dad, Kim Il-sung,the founder of North Korea,was actually prettyconcerned that his obsessionhad become unhealthy.But soon, Kim Jong Il's dictator dadwould find a way touse his son's obsessionto stay in power.(pensive music)Okay, so this story's kind of nuts.It's 1967, North Korea's stillkind of a newish country,like couple decades old.Kim Jong Il's dad isstill the leader, dictatorwho's running the country,has all the power,but he's got competitionfrom other powerful peoplewithin the party thatwant him to step asideand make way for a new leader.These men want to steer NorthKorea in a new directionby choosing their own successor to him.And this competing factionstarts to use film as a toolto get the people of North Korea on board.They make a movie celebrating the lifeof this aspiring successor,trying to lay a groundworkfor a new cult of personalityaround this guy, not Kim Il-sung.Big mistake. Kim Il-sung isnot gonna let this happen.He goes straight to hisfilm studio in the capital,Pyongyang, and he gives a speech.He warns the whole film departmentthat someone in the partyis trying to glorify themselves,which is super not communist.And they're using film to do it."So," Kim says to all of his filmmakers,"we need to step up our gamein securing power through film."And then he asks,"If anyone has the courageto guide the film studio correctly,"meaning to make more effective propagandathat will keep Kim Il-sungand his family in power.Oh, and look who's in the room.Film buff and son of thedictator, Kim Jong Il,the shining star.He's watching quietlyin the back of the roomand then he speaks up sayingthat he would nobly volunteerto be the head of the film studio,to help level up North Korean cinema,to help hold onto power.Something must have clickedfor Kim Il-sung at that moment.His son, who was not a promising candidatefor his successor,he was helplessly obsessed with movies.But here he is stepping up,finally passionate about politicsbecause politics and filmare now kind of the same thing.It was clear that ifthere was any positionthat he would fit into, this was it.So he promotes his son on thespot to lead the Propagandaand Agitation Department,the department in charge of allmovies, plays and publishingwithin North Korea, retellingthis story of North Koreato its people, reframingit as something glorious,keeping the people indoctrinatedto the version of realitythat keeps the Kims in powerand using film to do it.The struggle for the future of North Koreawas happening on the silver screen.And now Jong Il had his hand on the dial,in control of what he calledthis powerful ideological weapon.(tape clattering)(film whirring)(film beeping)(nationalistic music)(film whirring)Getting into the mind ofan artist can be hard,but in this case, not really.(playful music)If there's one thingKim Jong Il liked to do,it was to talk abouthis thoughts on cinema.He wrote an entire book about it,which was kind of theimpetus of this entire video,this book, "On the Art ofCinema" by Kim Jong Il.When I was hanging out at theNorth Korean border last year,I had this book with meand I would like read itin between stops.And it's actually kind of good,or at least parts of it, likea lot of it's like garbage.But like there are parts thatactually like I was like,oh yeah, you got this.Like this is basically the holy Bibleof North Korean filmmakingand it dictates how movies inthe country should be made.(playful music)(pages turning)I mean, the book spends a lot of timemaking it crystal clear that filmmakersare an extension of thegovernment and they are chargedwith the noble task of leadingthe ideological revolutionvia storytelling,devoting their artisticskill to the party's endeavorto build socialism and communism.In other words,a filmmaker's job is tomake clever propagandafor its people.This isn't unique to North Korea.Since the invention of the motion picture,governments of all kindshave used the powerof cinema to tell theirstory in their way,often sugar coated, ofteninaccurate to the facts.But I'm telling you,North Korean cinema hasits own weird wild flavor.(nationalistic music)(film whirring)This is the great age of Juche.(pensive music)Juche is the foundationalideology of North Korea.It has its foundationin Marxist communism,like from the Soviet Union,but it has an obsessive focus on isolationand self-reliance,and it glorifiesindependence from outsiders.In this book,Kim Jong Il makes it very clearthat to make a successfulNorth Korean film,that characters should quote,"Live, work and strugglewith the conviction that they are mastersof the revolution and the workof socialist construction."A lot of clunky language here.I'm not sure if it'sjust a bad translationor if Kim Jong Il is justa really (beep) writer.Anyway, it goes on tosay that the charactersin these films should acceptthe full responsibilityof solving their own problemswithout any outside help.(pages turning)You can see this obsessionwith self-reliancein this movie called "Myselfin the Distant Future."There's a scene where thistractor is like plowing a fieldand it breaks down,but it's not a problem forthese good communist farmers.Look what happens next.They step up, they pull out their sicklesand they harvest therest of the field by handwith smiles on their faces.They don't need outsidertechnology from the big cityto make their lives easier.They're self-reliant.Oh, and right before this scene,all of these farmers had just broken outinto spontaneous poetry,chanting about dedicatingtheir lives to North Korea.During this like poetic chanting,there's just like shots of Mount Paektu,really nice B-roll,not because it has anythingto do with the story,but just so we rememberthat like Mount Paektuis like super important'cause that's where Kim Jong Il was born.But he really wasn't born there.(people laughing)(screen whooshing)Another big theme is struggle.In the book, he quotes hisbeloved father Kim Il Sung,quote, "The life of a revolutionary beginswith struggle and ends with struggle.This is really good propagandabecause you've got Jucheand struggle as like thefoundational ingredients.You start to see storiesthat glorify and give meaningto North Korean suffering.Like this 1989 film called"The Broad Bellflower."It's sort of a love storywhere like this woman's loverlike gets exiled from thetown and there's this tensionon whether or not sheshould leave her hometownfor a different life.And then the fatherof the main character comments very wiselythat it's actually betterto stay and struggleto find happiness, likeglorifying the struggle.And in case it didn't comethrough the first time,near the end of the movie,the main character findsout that her lover is tryingto come back to thehometown that he deserted.And she's confirmed onhow right her father was.Struggle is the only wayto achieve happiness.(person speaking in foreign language)So now all over North Korea,you have starving people cutoff from the world economybecause of their despotic leader,watching these movies, storiesabout how it's actuallythe most noble way to live,the key to happiness,the noble ideals of self-reliance.The regime made sure thateveryone saw these films way outin countryside, infactories, farms, army units,and all of this helpedNorth Korean citizensreframe their country'sreckless dictatorshipinto a protector of an eternal revolutionthat must continue tofight against outside evil.(pensive music)There's a whole chapter in this bookthat Kim Jong Il writes to screenwriters.He tells them to think oftheir stories as seeds.And again, this is actuallylike pretty profoundif not applied to propaganda.He tells these screenwritersthat they need to quote,"Equip themselves with theideology of the party."Translation, choosestories that will stickin people's minds, that will grow,that will turn thesepeople's suffering into fuelfor North Korean nationalism and pride,pride in the country that'scausing the sufferingin the first place.There's one movie wherethis football playertrains ridiculously hard all in the nameof quote, "Achieving the teachingsof the fatherly leader, Kim Il Sung,to turn North Korea intoa kingdom of sports.(actor speaking in foreign language)- He ends up trainingridiculously, like way harder,and everyone's like, "Dude, you're crazy.You're like training too hard."And he's like, "No,I have to do this to glorify my country."(actor speaking in foreign country)- These nationalistic pump-upmovies pair nicely with filmsthat rewrite the story ofNorth Korea, the history,the story of Japanese occupationof the Korean Peninsula,which was indeed brutal anddeserves to be told accurately'cause it was bad enough.But these movies justlike so overly caricature,glorifying the revolutionagainst capitalists and landlordsor showing these caricaturebattle scenes where the Koreansdefeat the Japanese in a goodold flying martial arts scene.And while these ideologiesand these messagesare kind of baked into the story,oftentimes they're justsort of shoehorned inin the form of like a musicbreak where these charactersjust sort of randomly burst into songsabout how their struggle is goodfor the future of their country.(singer singing in foreign language)These unwarranted musicmoments are everywherein North Korean films.In this chapter,he says that these films must have musicthat has revolutionary passion,that moves people to strive to defendwhat is new and noble.(singer singing in foreign language)He says that songsshould be short, simple,easy to understand, and tosing, infectious, catchyso that people will sing alongand get it stuck in their head.(singers singing in foreign language)Okay, so in watching all of these movies,we were surprised that these films givea surprisingly significant role to women.(pensive music)(actress speaking in foreign language)- So this is actually a feature of a lotof communist propaganda,which sees traditionalfemale roles as in linewith the ideals of like amodel communist comrade,submissive, identities being determinedby their relationship to the family,to their communities, in this case,and most importantly, to the state.Community-minded submission.Stalin actually used thesame trick back in the '30s,creating art that appealedto quote, "The feminineidentification and submission."So you see this in NorthKorean films like in this film,"Girls from My Hometown,"where the main characteris this country girlwho shows her dedication to her countryby pledging to take care of her husband,who's newly blinded aftercoming back from a war as an actof sacrifice for her country.(actress speaking in foreign language)- In this film called "TheName Given by the Era,"the main character givesup going to collegeto lead a constructionand take on the gruelingtask of building a dam.(actress speaking in foreign language)Why?Because hard work andstruggle benefit the country,and that is the most important thingin all of these stories.But by female sacrifice,we can literally mean likesacrificing their lives.Like in this film wherethis woman risks her lifein the midst of like thestorm mudslide chaos sceneall in the name of saving these sheepthat were sent to hercommunity by the government,(actress speaking in foreign language)(person screaming)- Or in this film,"Song of Retrospection,"where the main character uses grenadesto blow herself upso that she can destroy theoncoming South Korean enemiesto save the rest of her squad.(actress speaking in foreign language)- Using all these principles,Kim Jong Il ran the film studio.He created dozens of filmsthat were his best shotat telling good stories,but really, mostly propagandafor his family's political agendato keep control over his people.And it worked.Kim Jong Il's dad stayed in power.The people stayedsubservient and indoctrinatedto this fantasy of eternal revolutionand the glorification of struggle.And Jong Il got to make movies.But despite all of this success,there was still one major problem.(singers singing in foreign language)The films still kind of sucked.And Jong Il, the guy with acollection of 20,000 moviesthat he watched all the time,kind of knew that they sucked.I mean, of course, they sucked.His filmmakers weren't allowedto watch foreign movies.Oh, not to mention thatthey weren't even allowedto leave the country.So yeah, these films were kindof just in an echo chamberof predictable characters,lackluster cinematography,and the same plots over andover with a bunch of shoehorned,like poetry and operas like music breaks.They weren't good, and Jong Il knew it.His solution?Steal people from the outsidewho could make his films better.(pensive music)(disk clattering)(machine whirring)(machine whirring)(pensive music)So it's the 1970s and Choi Eun-heeis one of South Korea'smost popular actresses.She had been married tothis South Korean director,Shin Sang-ok, and theyhad recently divorced.But up north,Kim Jong Il is looking at these twoas the potential solution to his problem.So he has his men go to HongKong and pose as businessmen,apparently interested instarting a production companywith Choi.They lure her to Hong Kong for a meeting,and this is how she got grabbedoff a beach at Repulse Bay.She gets sedated,thrown into the boat and theytake her back to North Koreawhere they put her in agovernment building in Pyongyang.A few weeks later, herex-husband, the director Shin,goes to Hong Kong to look for her.He's in his car and suddenly,the car in front of him stops,blocking the road and forcing him to stop.A few men, get out of the car,come back and open Shin's doorand put a nylon bag over his head.They tie a rope around his anklesand they take him into their car.He too is now on his way to North Korea.Kim Jong Il greets Shinwhen he arrives to Pyongyangand he explains what he's up to.He wants him and his actress ex-wifeto make him propagandamovies, but Shin refuses.So Jong Il sends him to alabor camp for five years.Okay, so fast forward to 1983.Kim Jong Il decides that thetwo are finally enlightened,whatever that means.And he throws them a partyand tells them that yes,they're still prisoners,but they can makewhatever movie they want.He even apparently likeapologized and shifted the blameof like the whole labor camp thingto like other officialsand said that he was too busy to noticehow poorly they were being treated.Like this guy sounds literally insane.They don't really have much choice here.So they get to work.And over the course oftheir years in captivity,they made six movies for their captor.One of the films that Shindirected became a classic.And this is the film I'm likemost excited to show you.This is "Pulgasari."(creature grunting)(dramatic music)This film seems to be a rip offof a 1962 South Koreanfilm called "Bulgasari,"which was largely inspired bythe Japanese hit "Godzilla."We all know "Godzilla."We'll never actually knowbecause the "Bulgasari" South Korean filmwas apparently lost soonafter it was released.Anyway, the point is Kim JongIl wanted a monster movie.He wanted this to be so goodthat he even broke his ruleof not letting outsiders comein to work on his movies.So in addition to the stolen directorthat he had already kidnapped,he started recruitingthe people who workedon "The Return of Godzilla"a year earlier over in Japan,including the actual guy whowas in the Godzilla suit,as well as the man wholed the special effects,like he had like the dream team.Oh, and of course, toget them there, he lied.According to the guy who played Godzilla,he and his crew were told thatthey were heading to Chinafor a shoot and instead foundthemselves in North Korea.Okay, so now Jong Il'slifelong movie fantasiesare in reach.Maybe, just maybe North Koreacould make like ainternational blockbuster.He's got his kidnapped directorand all these techniciansto make his monster movie great.(pensive music)(film whirring)Yeah, no, this didn't work out.Kim Jong Il was stilloverseeing the whole thing.So the film still was likefull-blown propaganda,employing all of the NorthKorean cinematic tricksthat Jong Il laid out in his book.So of course, you've gotthe requisite Juche self-reliance scene,showing the villagersgetting water from a welland farming, gotta show that.Got the overarchingplot that outside help,AKA Pulgasari, does more harm than good.More on that in a second.And then there's therequisite female sacrificewhen this blacksmith'sdaughter hides insideof a bell so that Pulgasari,who eats metal, will eat the belland simultaneously eat her.And if she dies, then Pulgasari dies toobecause they like formedthis like blood bondin the beginning of the movie.It's a whole thing.(playful music)Anyway, Pulgasari himself issaid to be a manifestationof capitalism in society.The farmers love him at firstbecause he helps overthrow the king,all in the nameof promising these peopleindividual freedom.But then they find that they'vecreated a monster who needsto feed on steel and iron togrow more and more powerful,and it gets out of control.So the farmers just keepfeeding him and feeding himwith all their farming tools,but then they have no wayto sustain themselves.So the only thing they can dois stop the beast from growing,which means killinghim, meaning revolution.But, and this is whereit gets really juicy,there's another way to interpret the film.Remember who's directing it,this kidnapped South Korean director.Some speculate that thedirector used the filmto create an analogy forthe tragedy of North Korea,where Kim Il Sung,who at first was helping liberatehis people from oppressionand occupation turned power hungry,ended up starving the people,demanding their resources,using the revolution to feed only himself.Shin, the director, later saidthat the film was an anti-war,anti-authoritarian theme.So take it however you like.I mean, this film's wild.But in Kim Jong Il's eyes,this was a massive success.And Kim Jong Il was feeling goodand he let up a bit on Shin and Choi,allowing them to travel toVienna for a film festivalwhere they could maybemeet a financing partnerwho could bankroll a new project,a North Korean film on Genghis Khan.But of course, when they got to Vienna,they found their way to the US Embassyand got asylum in the United States.Of course, Kim Jong Il was enragedwhen he found out about this.He actually went backand took Shin's name offof all the films that he had directedand ordered a nationwidemandate to discredit him.He called Shin a traitor,and his name has become unmentionablewithout punishment in North Korea.(pensive music)(film whirring)So yeah, that is the bonkersstory of North Korean cinema.In 1994, Jong Il's dad diedand he eventually roseas the new supreme leaderof North Korea.His love for movies continuedto influence the formof North Korean propaganda,and they even startedan international filmfestival in Pyongyang.And the only people on the invite listwere like all the countriesthat North Korea vibed with,like Iran, Egypt, India,Vietnam, and China.Oh, but this wasn't justduring the Cold War.The festival was still goingup until the pandemic a few years ago.It's one of the few North Korean functionsthat actively seeks connectionto the outside world.Kim Jong Il died in 2011,but his legacy in North Koreancinema remains super strong.One of the most recent filmsthat we know about came outin 2016, and it's thesame old ingredients,female sacrifice, extreme nationalism,unwarranted praise for thecurrent leader, Kim Jong Un,and of course, no shortageof spontaneous song breaks.(singer singing in foreign language)Hey everyone, hope you enjoyed this video.I know it was kind of longand in depth, but boy,we could not stop ourselves.There was too much hereand there's so much morethat we couldn't include.One of my favorite kind of video latelyis where we go superdeep into like some nichethat I would never think to go deep into,but you start to pull on a threadand you just can't get enough.And that's what happened 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