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The Lovers and the Despot

movie business 1970s kidnapping cinema on cinema dictatorship hong kong docudrama ex-husband ex-wife relationship communism communist propaganda 1980s portrait of a filmmaker north korea inter-korean relations

The Lovers and the Despot

Release Date: September 22, 2016

Year    :   2016
Slogan    :   «They were kidnapped by their biggest fan»
Genres    :   Documentary, History
Production Companies    :   Submarine, Tigerlily Films, Pumpernickel Films, Hellflower Films
Director    :   Robert Cannan, Ross Adam
Producers    :   Bruno Felix, Femke Wolting, Lizzie Francke, Richard Holmes, Nick Fraser, Sandra Whipham, Robert Cannan, Kate Townsend, Maggie Monteith, Sheryl Crown, Ross Adam, Natasha Dack Ojumu, Nikki Parrott, Christoph Jörg, Victoria Steventon, Cristina Ljungberg, Chavala Madlena
Writers    :   Robert Cannan, Ross Adam, Jim Hession
RunTime    :   98 mins.

Hong Kong, 1978. South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee is kidnapped by North Korean operatives following orders from dictator Kim Jong-il. Her ex-husband, film director Shin Sang-ok, undertakes her search, but soon after he is kidnapped as well. In 1983, after living through years of tribulations, Kim Jong-il puts them in charge of the North Korean film industry in the hope of gaining international recognition.

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