Dear Pyongyang

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Dear Pyongyang
Dear Pyongyang film poster.jpg
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.
Release date
  • October 2005 (2005-10) (PiFan)
  • August 26, 2006 (2006-08-26) (Japan)
Running time
107 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Dear Pyongyang is a documentary film by Zainichi Korean director Yang Yong-hi (Korean: 양영희, Hanja: 梁英姬) about her family. Shot in Osaka, Japan (Yang's hometown) and Pyongyang, North Korea, the film features Korean and Japanese dialogue with subtitles. The US release has Korean and Japanese dialogue with English subtitles.[1][2] In August 2006, Yang released a book in Japanese under the same title expanding on the themes she explored in the film.[2]


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 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.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d Koehler, Robert (2006-02-23). "Dear Pyongyang". Variety. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  2. ^ a b Yang, Yong-hi (August 2006). ディア・ピョンヤン―家族は離れたらアカンのや. Artone. ISBN 486193057X. 
  3. ^ Kim, Tae-jong (2006-11-24). "'Dear Pyongyang' for Dear Dad". Korea Times. Retrieved 2007-03-20. (registration required)

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