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The Lovers and the Despot (2016)

NR 09/23/2016 (US) DocumentaryHistory 1h 38m

They were kidnapped by their biggest fan


Hong Kong, 1978. South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee is kidnapped by North Korean operatives following orders from dictator Kim Jong-il. Her ex-husband, film director Shin Sang-ok, undertakes her search, but soon after he is kidnapped as well. In 1983, after living through years of tribulations, Kim Jong-il puts them in charge of the North Korean film industry in the hope of gaining international recognition.

  1. Ross Adam

    Director, Writer

  2. Robert Cannan

    Director, Writer

  3. Jim Hession


Top Billed Cast

  1. Paul Courtenay Hyu

    Paul Courtenay Hyu

    Shin Sang-ok

  2. Yuna Shin

    Choi Eun-hee

  3. Choi Eun-hee

    Choi Eun-hee

    Self - Actress / Various Roles

  4. Michael Yi

    Self - US Intelligence Officer

  5. Shin Jeong-kyun

    Self - Choi and Shin's Son

  6. Shin Myung-yim

    Self - Choi and Shin's Daughter

  7. Choi Kyung-ok

    Self - Choi's Brother

  8. Iain T. A. Hall

    Self - RHK Police Inspector (1975-79)

  9. Pierre Rissient

    Self - Film Critic

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Full Cast & Crew

The Lovers and the Despot
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