New DVD/VOD: The Lovers And The Despot (PG)

After celebrated South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok meets and falls in love with glamorous actress Choi Eun-hee in post-war Korea of the 1950s, it sets in motion a chain of events that lead to them becoming kidnapped by movie-obsessed dictator Kim Jong-il, their biggest fan.

Claimed as Jong-il’s own personal filmmakers, Choi and Shin spent five years under the exacting thumb of this most divisive of leaders. However, when they decided to mount a daring escape plan, the pair found that gaining Jong-il’s trust proved to be their biggest challenge.

An unbelievable true story, THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT is an enthralling account of one of Korean cinema’s most tightly kept secrets.

Documentary | Thriller

Dirs. Ross Adam, Robert Cannan, UK, 2016, 98 mins

Cast: Paul Courtenay Hyu

 

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