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
Before becoming one of the world's most ignominious leaders, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's Ministry for Propaganda and, in turn, its film studios. As such, he played a part as both producer and screenwriter, conceiving every movie made within the nation’s borders. However, underwhelmed by the local talent pool he devised a drastic scheme, ordering and executing the kidnapping of Choi Eun-Hee, South Korea's most famous actress, along with her ex-husband Shin Sang-Ok, the country's most notable filmmaker. Forced to act as the Dear Leader's film advisors, together they made seven films, in the process gaining Kim Jong-Il's trust. But, to what end? 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 and revealing how the nation became the hermetically sealed, intensely stage-managed country it remains today.