List of films set in or about North Korea

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This is a list of films that involve North Korea. (This listing excludes films produced by the North Korean government).

Documentaries[edit]

  • Defilada (1988)
  • Pyongyang Diaries (1998). A 71-minute documentary directed by Solrun Hoaas.
  • Decades Apart: North Korea (2000). A 24-minute documentary (ABC Australia / Journeyman Pictures) about family reunifications of North and South Koreans in North Korea.
  • Discovery Times: Children of the Secret State (2000)
  • Welcome to North Korea, original title: Noord-Korea (2001) is a 50-minutes Dutch documentary directed by Raymond Feddema and Peter Tetteroo. The film won the 2001 International Emmy award for Best Documentary.[1]
  • North Korea - Shadows And Whispers (2000). A 52-minute documentary by filmmaker Kim Jung-Eun for Journeyman Pictures about a North Korean family defecting to China.
  • Living Hell (2001). A 41-minute follow-up documentary to North Korea - Shadows And Whispers (2000).
  • Intérieur Nord, English title(s): Day for Night in Pyongyang or Inside North Korea (2002). A 53-minute French documentary (Arte / Artline Films) by film maker David Carr-Brown about the film industry of North Korea.
  • The Game of Their Lives (2002)
  • Frontline/World: Suspicious Minds (2003)
  • Frontline: Kim's Nuclear Gamble (2003). A 55-minute American documentary (PBS).
  • Secret Nation (2003)
  • Nuclear Nightmare: Understanding North Korea (2003). A 45-minute Discovery Channel documentary which has been criticized for its superficiality.[2]
  • North Korea - The Juche Era (2003). A 46-minute Bulgarian documentary distributed by Journeyman Pictures.
  • North Korea: Beyond The DMZ (2003). A 60-minute documentary by J.T. Takagi & Hye Jung Park.
  • A State of Mind (2004)
  • North Korea: A Day in the Life (2004)
  • North Korea : the Border and the War (2004)
  • Access to Evil (2004)
  • Return To The Border (2005)
  • Dispatches: Undercover in the Secret State (2005). Smugglers traverse the border between China and North Korea.
  • Dear Pyongyang (2005)
  • "Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story" (2006), BBC, PBS, Fuji TV, An 85-minute American documentary. (Read more about Megumi Yokota).
  • Seoul Train (2006). Broadcast on television around the world, including on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Awarded the Alfred I. duPont – Columbia University Silver Baton for excellence in broadcast journalism,[3] and was named runner-up in the National Journalism Awards.[4]
  • 60 Minutes: The Hermit Kingdom (2006)
  • Crossing the Line (VMS /Koryo Tours 2006)
  • ABC News: A rare look inside North Korea (2006)
  • Friends of Kim (2006). A 71-minute documentary about a group of members of the Korean Friendship Association, who travel to North Korea to demonstrate their support for the North Korean regime.
  • Nordkorea: Einblicke in ein verschlossenes Land which translates to North Korea: Insights into a secretive country (2006). A 43-minute German documentary about a changing society. The film covers i.a. the following topics: the Kimchi harvest, energy shortages, the North Korean preschool system, the North Korean famine, English lessons in North Korean schools, private farm markets and restaurants, demand driven shoe production, a Buddhist temple, a Bowling alley and the International Friendship Exhibition.
  • Kims Reich: Unterwegs in Nordkorea which translates to Kim's Kingdom: Travelling in North Korea (2006). A 27-minute German documentary about a Swiss tourist group. The film covers i.a. the Arirang Festival, a visit to a Buddhist temple, the demilitarized zone and the mountains of Kuwŏlsan and Myohyang-san.
  • National Geographic: Inside North Korea (2007)
  • Undercover in North Korea (2007)
  • An American in North Korea (2007)
  • North Korea: Hell on earth
  • National Geographic: Don't Tell My Mother I'm In... (Episode on North Korea)
  • North Korea a legacy of tension (2007)
  • The Vice Guide to North Korea (2008)[5][6][7]
  • Kimjongilia (2008)
  • Vítejte v KLDR! (English title: Welcome to the DPRK!) (2008) is a 71-minute Czech documentary about a Czech tourist group travelling to North Korea.
  • Seven Days In North Korea (2008) is a documentary by David Pluth focusing on North Korea's history, present and culture.
  • Yodok Stories (2008)
  • Themepark 1984 (2009)
  • Kim Jong Il's Comedy Club (2009)
  • Unreported World: China/North Korea: The Great Escape (2009). North Koreans flee the border north to China.[8]
  • This World: Escaping North Korea (2010). North Koreans risk everything to reach South Korea.[9]
  • North Korean Film Madness (2010), about the North Korean film industry.[10][11][12]
  • Departures (2010)
  • The Red Chapel (2010). A Danish documentary about a fictional theatre group who want to perform in North Korea. The same footage was used in the 4-part documentary Det Røde Kapel (2006) and Kim Jong Il's Comedy Club (2009).
  • Dictature, paranoïa, famine : bienvenue en Corée du Nord (2010). A 68-minute French documentary (M6 / Enquête exclusive) about a French tourist group visiting North Korea.
  • Wide Angle: Crossing Heaven's Border (PBS)
  • Seoul Sisters (2011). A Canadian documentary about the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Similar to Seoul Train and hosted by Max Jones, a 13-year-old Felice News co-host and North Korea activist.
  • North Korean Labor Camps (2011), about North Korean camps in Siberia.[13]
  • Camp 14: Total Control Zone (2012). Director Marc Wiese's portrait of inhumanity chronicles the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, who was born in a North Korean prison camp but escaped at age 23.
  • DPRK: The Land of Whispers (2013)
  • Aim High In Creation! (2013)
  • The Defector: Escape from North Korea, a 2013 Canadian documentary
  • Frontline: Secret State of North Korea (2014)

Drama or fiction[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The New York Times: Welcome to North Korea (2003 movie review)
  2. ^ The New York Times: TELEVISION REVIEW - Looking on the Bright Side About North Korea. August 6, 2003.
  3. ^ http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/cs/ContentServer/jrn/1175295299883/page/1175295299866/simplepage.htm
  4. ^ http://foundation.scripps.com/foundation/news/releases/07march09.html
  5. ^ The Vice Guide to North Korea (Part 1) Vice (www.vice.com). Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
  6. ^ The Vice Guide to North Korea (Part 2) Vice (www.vice.com). Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
  7. ^ The Vice Guide to North Korea (Part 3) Vice (www.vice.com). Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
  8. ^ http://www.channel4.com/programmes/unreported-world/episode-guide/series-2009/episode-6
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jtxyl
  10. ^ North Korean Film Madness (Part 1) Vice (www.vice.com). Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
  11. ^ North Korean Film Madness (Part 2) Vice (www.vice.com). Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
  12. ^ North Korean Film Madness (Part 3) Vice (www.vice.com). Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
  13. ^ North Korean Labor Camps (Full Length) Vice (www.vice.com). Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
  14. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/dennis-rodmans-north-korea-visit-inspires-comedy-movie-diplomats-20140224