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The Great North Korean Picture Show: Predictably incomplete Add to ...

  • Directed by James Leong, Lynn Lee
  • Classification PG
  • Genre documentary
  • Year 2012
  • Country Singapore
  • Language Korean

In order to enter North Korea to make a movie about the country’s film industry, filmmakers James Leong and Lynn Lee had to agree to a formidable set of restrictions, including being accompanied everywhere they went, waiting months for access to the places they needed to shoot and submitting all footage to state censors for approval. The result is a predictably selective portrait of moviemaking in a country where films must reflect radiant sunshine on both the nation and its Dear Leader. For a while, The Great North Korean Picture Show is a fascinating account of shackled expression, but the decision not to include any footage of North Korean movies past or present, or to provide a larger sense of the role of state propaganda in the regime, results in an airless experience.

May 1, 8:45 p.m., Scotiabank; May 3, 7 p.m., Lightbox; May 4, 9:15 p.m., Scotiabank.

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