South Korean theatrical poster
|Directed by||Yang Young-hee (South Korea)
Yang Yong-hi (Japan)
|Produced by||Inaba Toshiya|
|Edited by||Nakaushi Akane|
|Distributed by||Cheon, Inc.|
Dear Pyongyang is a documentary film by Zainichi Korean director Yang Yong-hi (Korean: 양영희, Hanja: 梁英姬) about her own family. Shot in Osaka Japan (Yang's hometown) and Pyongyang, North Korea, the film features Korean and Japanese dialogue with subtitles. The US release also has Korean and Japanese dialogue, but with added English subtitles. In August 2006, Yang also released a book in Japanese under the same title expanding on the themes she explored in the film.
In the 1970s, Yang's father, an ardent communist and leader of the pro-North movement in Japan, sent his three sons from Japan to North Korea under a repatriation campaign sponsored by ethnic activist organisation and de facto North Korean embassy Chongryon; as the only daughter, Yang herself remained in Japan. However, as the economic situation in the North deteriorated, the brothers became increasingly dependent for survival on the care packages sent by their parents. The film shows Yang's visits to her brothers in Pyongyang, as well as conversations with her father about his ideological faith and his regrets over breaking up his family.
- Sundance Film Festival, 2006
- Pusan International Film Festival, 2006
- Berlin International Film Festival, 2006
- Dear Pyongyang at the Internet Movie Database
- ’Dear Pyongyang’ builds bridge between life in N. Korea and outside world
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