FROM Paul Fischer
A Kim Jong II Production Kim Jong-Un’s father, Kim Jong II, was a huge fan of American films. He wanted to build a North Korean film industry that would rival Hollywood’s. His solution? Kidnap one of South Korea’s most-famous directors along with his actress ex-wife. We hear the story from Paul Fischer, author of “A Kim Jong-II Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power.”
A Kim Jong-Il Production The movie The Interview is not kind to North Korea’s current dictator. In the movie, Kim Jong-un is enamored of James Franco’s TV host character. But the idea of a North Korean dictator obsessed with Western show biz isn’t entirely fiction. Kim Jong-un’s father, Kim Jong-il, was obsessed with movies. He had his own personal collection of thousands of American films and wanted to build a North Korean film industry that would rival Hollywood. So he kidnapped one of South Korea’s most-famous directors and his actress wife to force them to make films for him. The strange episode is chronicled in a new book , and we hear from the author.
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