The Lovers and the Despot

The Lovers and the Despot (2016)

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Documentary, History, Mystery & Thriller
1h 38min
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Yuna Shin
Choi Eun-hee
Choi Eun-hee
Self - Actress / Various Roles
Michael Yi
Self - US Intelligence Officer
Shin Jeong-kyun
Self - Choi and Shin's Son
Shin Myung-yim
Self - Choi and Shin's Daughter
Choi Kyung-ok
Self - Choi's Brother
Iain T. A. Hall
Self - RHK Police Inspector (1975-79)
Pierre Rissient
Self - Film Critic
Lee Jang-ho
Self - Filmmaker
Jang Jin-sun
Self - Kim's Former Court Poet
Shin Sang-ok
Self - Filmmaker (archive footage)
Kim Jong-il
Self - Politician (archive footage)
Kim Il-sung
Self - Politician (archive footage)
Kim Jong-un
Self - Politician (archive footage)


Hong Kong, 1978. South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee is kidnapped by North Korean operatives following orders from dictator Kim Jong-il. Her ex-husband, film director Shin Sang-ok, undertakes her search, but soon after he is kidnapped as well. In 1983, after living through years of tribulations, Kim Jong-il puts them in charge of the North Korean film industry in the hope of gaining international recognition.

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