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Oh Kim Jong-Il. You @#$%^(.

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Perhaps you are reading the news today, and you never really knew many details about the leader of the hermit nation. And you think, huh, who is this man who penned On the Art of Cinema and On the Art of Opera? And he loved horror films? Was Friday the 13th really his favorite film? Did he really kidnap South korean filmmaker Shin Sank-ok and force the two to make a Godzilla rip-off among others? It’s easy to chuckle at the outlandish antics that fed his cult of personality, but he was a dictator of epic proportions and a violator of human rights. Every single aspect of human life in this country was controlled by his repressive regime.

Perhaps you are reading the news today, and you never really knew many details about the leader of the hermit nation. And you think, huh, who is this man who penned On the Art of Cinema and On the Art of Opera? And he loved horror films? Was Friday the 13th really his favorite film? Did he really kidnap South korean filmmaker Shin Sank-ok and force the two to make a Godzilla rip-off among others? It’s easy to chuckle at the outlandish antics that fed his cult of personality, but he was a dictator of epic proportions and a violator of human rights. Every single aspect of human life in this country was controlled by his repressive regime.

Of course, I’m not an expert, I’ve only read Guy Delisle’s Pyongyang: A Journey In North Korea, an account of his time spent in the country while working as an animator for a French company.

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