North Korean Cinema: A History
Paperback: 215 pages
Publisher: McFarland (August 13, 2012)
Author: Johannes Schonherr
Korean cinema expert and frequent Japan Visitor contributor, Johannes Schonherr's book on North Korean cinema is a fascinating insight into the little-known world of film north of the 38th Parallel and opens a window onto the little-known society of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
After a chance meeting with North Korean delegates at the Berlin Film Festival in the late 1990s, Johannes was twice invited to North Korea to study film and attend the Pyongyang Film Festival. Later he promoted a tour of North Korean movies in Europe in 2000.
Schonherr's book reveals how Kim Il Sung and cinema buff Kim Jong Il both used propaganda movies to rally the masses behind the regime and how social problems in the DPRK are shown in the movies reviewed in the text.
North Korean Cinema: A History sets out the story of North Korean cinema from its early origins to the present day and chronicles the development of the genre in analyses of both major and minor North Korean movies. Don't miss the references to Pulgasari, the ideologically-upstanding DPRK version of Godzilla.
Johannes will discuss his book at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Tokyo on Monday, November 19th, from 6.15pm to 8.45pm
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan
Yurakucho Denki North Building 20F
Tel: 03 3211 3161
Hibiya Station (Hibiya, Chiyoda & Mita lines, A3 exit), Yurakucho Station (Yurakucho line, D2 exit) and JR Yurakucho Station (Yamanote and Keihin Tohoku lines, Hibiya exit).