The Dear Reader: DPRK Observations & Musings

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Don’t Sweat the Nuclear Stuff

If Kim Jong-il were to ever pass on a dictator’s self-help guide to his succeeding son Kim Jong-un, it could very easily be titled Don’t Sweat the Nuclear Stuff. Think of it as the Juche version of Richard Carlson, author of perennial best-seller Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, who passed away in 2006 at the early age of 46.

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Filed under: Humor, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, Movie Madness

Rubbing Salt in the Wound

From North Korea‘s perspective, this has been yet another week during which the international community is unfairly ganging up on it. In the wake of Hillary Clinton‘s announcement of strict new enforcements of UN sanctions, made after her arrival in South Korea as part of a trip to the region for the Association of Southeastern Nations (ASEAN) 2010 summit in Hanoi, North Korean delegation spokesman Ri Tong-il denounced the move as a violation of the UN‘s July 9th, 2010 Cheonan statement and warned that these actions “will not only pose a grave threat to the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, but also of the region.”

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Filed under: Movie Madness

Prisoner of War

North Korea loves to bark out threats, upside-down history lessons and untenable orders via the megaphone-media-mouthpiece known as the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). It especially loves to do so on, or around, significant anniversary dates. The minions of KCNA most likely have a tattered, annotated Almanac to go along with those old 1960s Korean-English dictionaries that they seem to rely upon for their day-late missive translations.

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Filed under: Aijalon Mahli Gomes, Movie Madness

Springtime for Dear Leader

I finally caught up with The Red Chapel, Danish filmmaker Mads Brügger‘s acclaimed documentary about a visit paid to Pyongyang in 2007 by the filmmaker in the company of the covert comedy duo of Simon Jul Jørgensen and Jacob Nossell. Brügger was in attendance at the June 24th Los Angeles Film Festival screening, on a night that also happened to be his birthday.

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Filed under: Movie Madness

North Korean Movie Madness

The current geopolitical drama playing out in North Korea, with American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee caught smack-dab in the middle, has all the makings of a taught cinematic drama. If that film ever gets made, either for the big screen or say HBO, it will instantly vault to the top of a very small and generally unimpressive sub-genre.

While @BarackObama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have worked hard to gain LingLee traction with North Korea, former President Ronald Reagan parachuted into the movie version of the country back in 1954 via MGM’s Prisoner of War. As Webb Sloane, Reagan goes undercover in a Korean War POW camp, where he witnesses various forms of brutality.

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Filed under: Movie Madness