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The Lovers and the Despot

The Lovers and the Despot

Sep. 23, 2016UK100 Min.UNRATED
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In 1970s South Korea, actor Choi Eun-hee and her ex-husband, film director Shin Sang-ok, were divorced, estranged and both struggling with stalled careers. Unfortunately, both their lives seemed changed forever when they were individually kidnapped in 1978 by their biggest fan, Kim Jong-il, despot of North Korea. With persuasion and brute force, the movie obsessed Kim planned to use them to develop the Hermit Kingdom’s film industry and get it out of its mindless propaganda mentality. Through the words of Choi, their family, associates and US intelligence personnel, you will follow the story of the bizarre slavery of this couple even as they rediscovered their love and secretly gathered evidence of the dictator’s crimes. All the while, they struggled to play along with the world’s most dangerous film geek as they desperately planned their escape.

The Lovers and the Despot
Original title The Lovers and the Despot
IMDb Rating 6.5 768 votes
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Paul Courtenay Hyu isShin Sang-ok
Shin Sang-ok
Yuna Shin isChoi Eun-hee
Choi Eun-hee
Shin Sang-ok isHimself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Michael Yi isHimself (Classified US Intelligence Officer)
Himself (Classified US Intelligence Officer)
Shin-Jeong-Kyun isHimself (Choi and Shin's Son)
Himself (Choi and Shin's Son)
Shin Myung-Yim isHerself (Choi and Shin's Daughter)
Herself (Choi and Shin's Daughter)
Choi Kyung-Ok isHimself (Choi's Brother)
Himself (Choi's Brother)
Iain T. A. Hall isHimself (Inspector
Himself (Inspector
Pierre Rissient isHimself (Film Critic)
Himself (Film Critic)

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