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Monday, October 13, 2003

Anti-Americanism in South Korean Cinema

An article describing how the Americans have replaced North Koreans as the bad guys in recent South Korean movies, When American Villains Thwart Lovesick Koreans, begins with this interesting statistic:

Gallup Korea, a polling firm, found that 75 percent of South Koreans in their 20's had a negative view of the United States, compared with only 26 percent of Koreans over 50, the generation that lived through the Korean War.

The article ends with some quotes from Mr. Shin Sang Ok, a South Korean director who with his wife was kidnapped by the North and forced to make movies there in the 70's and 80's. This from a man who knows the North first hand:

In each movie, there has to be a minimum of three appearances of praise of Kim Il Sung. here cannot be love themes in the film, because love is only with Kim Il Sung, not between a man and a woman. Film is considered the ultimate political tool in the North, because behavior and consciousness can be moved by film.

I want to make the `Schindler's List' of North Korea. People there are suffering like the Jews in Auschwitz. The entire country is a gulag. I want to make a hit with such a movie feature. Then the world will know that North Korea is a land without human rights.