Kim Jong-Il: Greatest Filmmaker Of Our Time?

Because I have a “mild” interest in all things North Korean, I found this review exceptionally funny. WHile I have not read this work I have had the oppurtunity to read a lot of other works from North Korea, some (and by that I mean most) were supposedly written by the dear leaders themselves. While I doubt this is true all I can say is that all official North Korean works are endlessly dry and terrible. You can feel nothing but pain at the fact that people are forced to read these somewhere.

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You know whom I turn to when I want to know about the art of moviemaking?

Well, none other than Kim Jong-il, the late North Korean dictator.

Back in 1973, before he was a tyrannical dictator who tortured his people, disposed of the ones unfortunate to be born handicapped, and routinely threatened nuclear war, “The Dear Leader” wrote a book called On the Art of Cinema. It’s an actual book. With words.

Apparently, he was North Korea’s “culture minister” at the time—a post given to him by his father, the founding prime dictator, Kim Il-Sung. The little guy, Kim-Jong-il, was a movie buff who owned a vault of 15,000 films.

One chapter of his book is titled, “A Film Without Music is Incomplete.”  Riveting stuff, this book. 

With a chapter title like that, does anyone think he ghostwrote The Sot-Weed Factor? Or remember the book…

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