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

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

Paul Fischer

Before becoming the world's most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios. Conceiving every movie made, he acted as producer and screenwriter. Despite this control, he was underwhelmed by the available talent and took drastic steps, ordering the kidnapping of Choi Eun-Hee (Madam Choi)-South Korea's most famous actress-and her ex-husband Shin Sang-Ok, the country's most famous filmmaker. Madam Choi vanished first. When Shin went to Hong Kong to investigate, he was attacked and woke up wrapped in plastic sheeting aboard a ship bound for North Korea. Madam Choi lived in isolated luxury, allowed only to attend the Dear Leader's dinner parties. Shin, meanwhile, tried to escape, was sent to prison camp, and "re-educated." After four years he cracked, pledging loyalty. Reunited with Choi at the first party he attends, it is announced that the couple will remarry and act as the Dear Leader's film advisors. Together they made seven films, in the process gaining Kim Jong-Il's trust. While pretending to research a film in Vienna, they flee to the U.S. embassy and are swept to safety. A nonfiction thriller packed with tension, passion, and politics, A Kim Jong-Il Production offers a rare glimpse into a secretive world, illuminating a fascinating chapter of North Korea's history that helps explain how it became the hermetically sealed, intensely stage-managed country it remains today.

Before becoming the world's most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios. Conceiving every movie made, he acted as producer and screenwriter. Despite this control, he was underwhelmed by the available talent and took drastic steps, ordering the kidnapping of Choi Eun-Hee (Madam Choi)-South Korea's most famous actress-and her ex-husband Shin Sang-Ok, the country's most famous filmmaker. Madam Choi vanished first. When Shin went to Hong Kong to investigate, he was attacked and woke up wrapped in plastic sheeting aboard a ship bound for North Korea. Madam Choi lived in isolated luxury, allowed only to attend the Dear Leader's dinner parties. Shin, meanwhile, tried to escape, was sent to prison camp, and "re-educated." After four years he cracked, pledging loyalty. Reunited with Choi at the first party he attends, it is announced that the couple will remarry and act as the Dear Leader's film advisors. Together they made seven films, in the process gaining Kim Jong-Il's trust. While pretending to research a film in Vienna, they flee to the U.S. embassy and are swept to safety. A nonfiction thriller packed with tension, passion, and politics, A Kim Jong-Il Production offers a rare glimpse into a secretive world, illuminating a fascinating chapter of North Korea's history that helps explain how it became the hermetically sealed, intensely stage-managed country it remains today.
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Before becoming the world's most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios. Conceiving every movie made, he acted as producer and screenwriter. Despite this control, he was underwhelmed by the available talent and took drastic steps, ordering the kidnapping of Choi Eun-Hee (Madam Choi)-South Korea's most famous actress-and her ex-husband Shin Sang-Ok, the country's most famous filmmaker. Madam Choi vanished first. When Shin went to Hong Kong to investigate, he was attacked and woke up wrapped in plastic sheeting aboard a ship bound for North Korea. Madam Choi lived in isolated luxury, allowed only to attend the Dear Leader's dinner parties. Shin, meanwhile, tried to escape, was sent to prison camp, and "re-educated." After four years he cracked, pledging loyalty. Reunited with Choi at the first party he attends, it is announced that the couple will remarry and act as the Dear Leader's film advisors. Together they made seven films, in the process gaining Kim Jong-Il's trust. While pretending to research a film in Vienna, they flee to the U.S. embassy and are swept to safety. A nonfiction thriller packed with tension, passion, and politics, A Kim Jong-Il Production offers a rare glimpse into a secretive world, illuminating a fascinating chapter of North Korea's history that helps explain how it became the hermetically sealed, intensely stage-managed country it remains today.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Stephen Park

Length:

12h 28m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:50


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:04


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:40


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:33


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:37


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:14


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:43


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:32


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:48


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:22


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:58


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:38


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:26


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:06


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:36


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:59


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:18


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:02


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:13


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:07


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:53


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:48


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:01


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:10


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:51


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:56


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:11


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:45


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:14


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:53


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:03


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:01


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:05


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:30


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:29


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:56


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:46


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:18


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:27


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:20


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:18


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:10


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:06


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:36


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:43


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:42


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:30


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:57


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:56


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:33


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:39


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:34


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:12


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:11


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:37


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:04


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:11


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:35


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:21


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:25


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:03


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:58


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:05


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:27


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:55


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:08


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:02


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:56


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:26


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:04


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:26


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:04


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:01


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:07


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:53


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:58


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:41


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:10


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:22


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:45


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:18


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:28


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:43


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:37


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:22


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:51


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:53


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:00


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:54


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:53


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:13


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:41


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:49


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:11


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:19


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:25


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:46


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:44


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:45


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:01


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:56


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:35


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:43


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:41


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:29


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:37


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

05:40


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:33


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:24


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:51


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

00:35