|THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT (director/writer: Robert Cannan/Ross Adam; cinematographer: Yoonseuk Back, Park Byung-kyu (Korea), Ric Clark, Will Edwards, Jon Sayers (U.K.), Robin Probyn (Japan), Wilson M. Waggoner, John Halliday, Richard Numeroff (U.S.); editor: Jim Hession; music: Nathan Halpern; cast: Choi Eun-hee, Michael Yi, Shin Jeong-kyun, Shin Myung-yim, Choi Kyung-ok, Iain T.A. Hall, Pierre Rissient, David Straub, Jang Jin-sun, Nishida Tetsuo, Derek Malcolm Dean S. Robinson; Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Natasha Dack/Robert Cannan/Ross Adam; Magnolia; 2016-USA-in English, Korean andJapanese with English subtitles)|
|"A bizarre documentary on the
hostile way the dictator of North Korea tries
to get his country recognition in the world as
a major player in movies."
by Dennis Schwartz
Chou is now 89, and in the interview clearly tells of her ordeal and how chilling it was. Shin died in 2006. Kim died in 2011.
The alluring documentary has splendid footage of both North and South Korea, valuable movie clips of the films the hostages made in North Korea and the film leaves us to ponder a peculiar cloak and dagger story that was not widely known.
REVIEWED ON 11/11/2016 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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