A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power by Paul Fischer

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Impeccably researched, riveting details of a brazen abduction of  prominent South Korean film artists by North Korea’s megalomaniac Kim Jong-Il.

Kim Jong-Il decides film production will bring him acclaim world wide, he orchestrates the abduction of South Korean film industry’s Shin Sang-Ok and Choi Eun-Hee. By sharing the couples story, Fischer allows entrance into inner North Korea. Through the abduction of Shin Sang-0k and Choi Eun-Hee we realize how intricate and nefarious North Korea operated under the dictatorship of Kim Jong-Il. Prison conditions beyond harsh, the educating of youth, the treatment of citizens all exposed. I found the unpredictable and absurd behavior of Kim Jong-Il while under the influence or entertaining downright hilarious, he is unbelievably self-absorbed and power hungry. Luckily Shin Sang-0k and Choi Eun-Hee played the role of their lives and outsmarted Kim Jong-Il. I was astounded by the bevy of abductions committed by North Korea, people from all nations at risk.

Shin Sang-0k and Choi Eun-Hee endured much, not nearly as a horrific ordeal as others, nonetheless grueling. Their plight makes for an engrossing page turning story. You find yourself appalled by the audacity of this isolated communist nation and its narcissist dictator. This story feels like a movie, it’s too absurd to believe but with North Korea anything is truly possible with their thinking and antics.

Fischer scores high with research and writing. A wonderful view of North Korea from the inside out. Quite a page turner of a story. Unbelievable story but it’s very true. Highly recommend.


Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: February 3rd 2015 by Flatiron Books
ISBN13: 9781250054265
A copy provided in exchange for an honest review

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8 thoughts on “A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power by Paul Fischer

    • No kidding! Every book I read in this country leaves me stunned. Imagine all the atrocities occurring we know nothing about. I shudder thinking of it. I feel for the people of that country. Sad. Knowledge is power, if they only knew what’s outside their sterile cruel world.

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  1. Please, folks, do try to educate yourself a bit more about North Korea…no paradise, for sure, but not quite the total gulag that our media depicts it to be. This story is a true and fascinating one that occurred under the regime of Kim Jong-il, and not the current dictator. For an accurate picture of present day North Korea, read Bradley Martin’s book “Under the Heavenly Care of the Fatherly Leader,” or Andrei Lankov’s “The Real North Korea.”

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