The Lovers and the Despot | 2016

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In 1970s South Korea, a director and his actress ex-wife are kidnapped by dictator Kim Jong-il and forced to make films in extraordinary circumstances.

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... Shin Sang-ok

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Hellflower

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Influence Film

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NTR Productions

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Synopsis

Ambitious South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok and actress Choi Eun-hee met and fell in love in 1950s post-war Korea. In the '70s, after reaching the top of Korean society following a string of successful films, Choi was kidnapped in Hong Kong by North Korean agents and taken to meet Kim Jong-il. While searching for Choi, Shin also was kidnapped, and following five years of imprisonment, the couple was reunited in North Korea by the movie-obsessed Kim, who declared them his personal filmmakers. Choi and Shin planned their escape, but not before producing 17 feature films for the dictator and gaining his trust in the process.

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