North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il is looking to open up his country's film industry to foreign participation. According to an article from the World Tribune.com, Kim is a film fanatic who once kidnapped a prominent South Korean director and his actress ex-wife, brought them to North Korea and forced them to make seven films before they escaped. These films were mostly state propaganda, but one, called One-Way Mission, took a top prize at a Czech film festival in 1985. During their stay, Kim also gave his "guests" luxury cars and "invited them to wild parties where naked dancers cavorted with drunken party bosses". No word on whether or not new potential foreign filmmaking partners would be subject to such, uh, regulations; the first test case is a Chinese/North Korean co-production called The Secret of Rikidozan.
categories Movies, Cinematical