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).


  • Defilada (1988)
  • Travelogue (1996). The first travel film in the nation hosted by Andy Kershaw alongside Koryo Tours.
  • 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)
  • The Real Dr. Evil (2003)[2]
  • Nuclear Nightmare: Understanding North Korea (2003). A 45-minute Discovery Channel documentary which has been criticized for its superficiality.[3]
  • 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.
  • Repatriation (Songhwan, 송환) (2003). A 148-minute documentary by Kim Dong-won.
  • 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,[4] and was named runner-up in the National Journalism Awards.[5]
  • 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.
  • Our School (2007), a documentary film about the lives of ethnic Korean students in a Chongryon-run pro-North Korean highschool in Hokkaido, Japan.
  • 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)[6][7][8]
  • 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.[9]
  • Hana, dul, sed (2010),[10] an Austrian documentary about North Korea's national women's soccer team.
  • This World: Escaping North Korea (2010). North Koreans risk everything to reach South Korea.[11]
  • North Korean Film Madness (2010), about the North Korean film industry.[12][13][14]
  • 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.[15]
  • 3 op Reis (2012)[16]
  • 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.
  • The People's Crisis (2012). A documentary produced by Liberty in North Korea.[17]
  • DPRK: The Land of Whispers (2013)[18]
  • Aim High In Creation! (2013)
  • Danny from North Korea (2013). A documentary produced by Liberty in North Korea.[19]
  • The Defector: Escape from North Korea, a 2013 Canadian documentary
  • Panorama: North Korea Undercover (2013). John Sweeney for the BBC.[20]
  • Vice On HBO: The Hermit Kingdom (2013) includes a segment on North Korea and also includes documentation of Dennis Rodman meeting Kim Jong-un at a basketball game and then later on for drinks and celebration[21]
  • Panorama: Educating North Korea (2014),[22] about Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, North Korea's first privately funded university.
  • Frontline: Secret State of North Korea (2014)[23]
  • 10 Days in North Korea (2014)
  • Songs from the North (2014)
  • Enter Pyongyang (2014) Rob Whitworth and Koryo Studio
  • 3DPRK (2014) Matt Hulse, Vicky Mohieddeen Koryo Studio
  • North Korea, the great illusion (2015),[24] a 52-minute French documentary, which includes footage from a newly built ski resort as well as interviews with defectors.
  • Reizen Waes (2015)[25]
  • The Propaganda Game (2015)
  • Under the Sun (2015)
  • Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang (2015)
  • Diary from North Korea, Documentaries, ORF III, Luca Faccio (2016)
  • Cash For Kim: North Koreans Are Working to Their Death in Poland (2016)[26] reports about North Korean forced laborers in working in shipyards, on construction sites as well as on farms in Poland.
  • Meine Brüder und Schwestern im Norden (2016),[27] a German documentary by Sung-Hyung Cho (a film maker born in South Korea).
  • MRS. B. A North Korean woman (2016),[28] a Korean/French documentary by Jéro Yun
  • The Lovers and the Despot (2016)
  • Michael Palin in North Korea (2018)[29]
  • The Mole: Undercover in North Korea (2020)
  • Assassins (2020) about the Assassination of Kim Jong-nam

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ The New York Times: Welcome to North Korea (2003 movie review)
  2. ^ "The Real Dr. Evil".
  3. ^ The New York Times: TELEVISION REVIEW - Looking on the Bright Side About North Korea. August 6, 2003.
  4. ^ "Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism". Archived from the original on 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2012-05-17.
  5. ^ "Scripps Howard Foundation". Archived from the original on 2007-07-11.
  6. ^ The Vice Guide to North Korea (Part 1) Vice ( Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
  7. ^ The Vice Guide to North Korea (Part 2) Vice ( Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
  8. ^ The Vice Guide to North Korea (Part 3) Vice ( Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
  9. ^ "Unreported World". Channel 4.
  10. ^ Hana, dul, sed Official website
  11. ^ "BBC Two - This World, Escaping North Korea". BBC.
  12. ^ North Korean Film Madness (Part 1) Vice ( Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
  13. ^ North Korean Film Madness (Part 2) Vice ( Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
  14. ^ North Korean Film Madness (Part 3) Vice ( Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
  15. ^ North Korean Labor Camps (Full Length) Archived 2014-10-12 at the Wayback Machine Vice ( Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
  16. ^ "Noord-Korea" [North Korea]. Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (in Dutch). January 1, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  17. ^ "The People's Crisis". Oct 29, 2011.
  18. ^ "DPRK: the Land of Whispers". Etherium Sky - Film, TV, Video & Media Production in Hanoi & Vietnam.
  19. ^ "Danny from North Korea". YouTube. Apr 15, 2013. Archived from the original on 2021-12-22.
  20. ^ Singh, Anita (7 March 2014). "BBC apologises for 'serious failing' in Panorama's undercover North Korea documentary". The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  21. ^ "Vice on HBO: The Hermit Kingdom". YouTube. June 14, 2013. Archived from the original on 2021-12-22.
  22. ^ Panorama: Educating North Korea BBC (
  23. ^ Frontline: Secret State of North Korea PBS ( Retrieved on 2015-05-22.
  24. ^ North Korea, the great illusion Baozi Production
  25. ^ "Tv om naar uit te kijken: Tom Waes neemt coupe à la Kim Jong-un in 2de seizoen Reizen Waes". newsmonkey (in Dutch). February 9, 2015. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  26. ^ Cash For Kim: North Koreans Are Working to Their Death in Poland VICE
  27. ^ Meine Brüder und Schwestern im Norden Official website
  28. ^ "Mrs.B..." Archived from the original on 2016-04-14.
  29. ^ White, Peter (September 7, 2018). "Monty Python's Michael Palin On How He Made A Film In North Korea". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  30. ^ "Dennis Rodman's North Korea Visit Inspires Comedy Movie 'Diplomats'". Rolling Stone. 24 February 2014.
  31. ^ Quân, Hồng (August 15, 2019). "The Amazing Race Vietnam to be shot in North Korea". Vietnam Television. Retrieved May 2, 2020.