Han Jong-sim in a scene from "Comrade Kim Goes Flying," a romantic comedy about a coal miner who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist.
Photo courtesy of the Prague International Film Festival
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North Korea hates "The Interview," the recently scrapped Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader.In the six decades since North Korea began to cultivate its own film industry, a South Korean director and his movie star wife have been kidnapped, a Godzilla-inspired monster movie has bombed at the box office in the South, American defectors have hammed it up in anti-U.S. propaganda films – and there has even been a foray into "girl power" cinema with the more recent "Comrade Kim Goes Flying".The movie was coproduced with Western partners.The 1980s were a heyday for North Korean movies. North Korea has long shown U.S. characters in its movies as villains, sometimes played by North Koreans in makeup, but also by actual Americans who defected to the North in the 1960s.
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