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The Lovers and the Despot

The Lovers & the Despot
Documentaries, 2016, 98 minutes
The Lovers and the Despot
This firsthand account tells of two kidnapped South Korean movie professionals who became the unwilling personal filmmakers of dictator Kim Jong-il.
The documentaries The Lovers and the Despot was released in 2016 and lasts 98 minutes. Parents strongly cautioned. May be unsuitable for children ages 14 and under.
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Score: 6.5 of the 10

In 1970s South Korea, actor Choi Eun-hee and her ex-husband, film director Shin Sang-ok, were divorced, estranged and both struggling with stalled careers. Unfortunately, both their lives seemed changed forever when they were individually kidnapped in 1978 by their biggest fan, Kim Jong-il, despot of North Korea. With persuasion and brute force, the movie obsessed Kim planned to use them to develop the Hermit Kingdom's film industry and get it out of its mindless propaganda mentality. Through the words of Choi, their family, associates and US intelligence personnel, you will follow the story of the bizarre slavery of this couple even as they rediscovered their love and secretly gathered evidence of the dictator's crimes. All the while, they struggled to play along with the world's most dangerous film geek as they desperately planned their escape.

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Audio: English
Subtitles: Spanish;Korean;French;English;Italian

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