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