Myself in the Distant Future

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Myself in the Distant Future
Hancha 날의 나의 모습
McCune–Reischauer Mŏn hunalŭi naŭi mosŭp
Revised Romanization Meon hunareui naeui moseub
Directed by Jang In-hak
Written by Yui Ung-jong
Starring Kim Hye-gyong
Kim Myong-mun
Cinematography Kang Sung-chan
Release date
  • 1997 (1997)
Running time
107 minutes
Country North Korea
Language Korean

Myself in the Distant Future is a 1997 North Korean film directed by Jang In-hak.


A young man falls in love with the leader of a shock brigade of plasterers who are working to modernize their home village. He attempts to win her heart and take her back to Pyongyang by becoming a model worker, but she chooses to continue her plastering.[1]

The film's central theme is that a person should be happy and content in the place of their birth, regardless of conditions, and supports the willingness of the North Korean government to restrict migration from the countryside into the cities. Another theme is for people to "eat potatoes, not rice", which reinforces an official government campaign encouraging the consumption of potatoes. Despite being filmed during the North Korean famine, Myself in the Distant Future depicts a country blessed with a plentiful supply of food.[1]

Festival screenings[edit]

Myself in the Distant Future was screened at the 6th Pyongyang International Film Festival in 1998, where it was awarded both the Golden Torch and Acting prizes.[2] In 2000, it was one of eight North Korean films played at the Udine Festival of Far East Film, where it was regarded by Richard James Havis of Asiaweek as being "one of the more obvious propaganda movies".[1]


  1. ^ a b c Havis, Richad James. "Peering Into A Closed World". Asiaweek, 19 May 2000. Retrieved on 31 October 2008.
  2. ^ "Screening results of 6th Pyongyang film festival". Korean Central News Agency, 1998. Retrieved on 31 October 2008.

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