The Lovers and the Despot (2016)


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1h 40min
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Yuna Shin
Choi Eun-hee
Shin Sang-ok
Himself (archive footage)
Michael Yi
Himself (Classified US Intelligence Officer)
Himself (Choi and Shin's Son)
Shin Myung-Yim
Herself (Choi and Shin's Daughter)
Iain T. A. Hall
Himself (Inspector, Royal Hong Kong Police 1975 - 1979)
Pierre Rissient
Himself (Film Critic)
Lee Jang-ho
Himself (Film Director and Shin Films Employee)
Jang Jin-Sun
Himself (Former Court Poet to Kim Jong-Il)
Kim Jong-il
Himself (archive footage)
Kim Il-sung
Himself (archive footage)


After the collapse of their glamorous romance, a famous director and actress are kidnapped by movie-obsessed dictator Kim Jong-il. Forced to make films in the world's weirdest state, they get a second chance at love, but only one chance at escape.

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