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The Lovers and the Despot

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The Lovers and the Despot

As intrigue surrounding North Korea grows on an almost daily basis, this fascinating documentary depicts a sensational true-life episode from the country's complex history.

After celebrated South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok meets and falls in love with glamorous actress Choi Eun-hee in post-war Korea of the 1950s, it sets in motion a chain of events that lead to them becoming kidnapped by movie-obsessed dictator Kim Jong-il, their biggest fan.

Claimed as Jong-il's own personal filmmakers, Choi and Shin spent five years under the exacting thumb of this most divisive of leaders. However, when they decided to mount a daring escape plan, the pair found that gaining Jong-il's trust proved to be their biggest challenge.

An unbelievable true story, THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT is an enthralling account of one of Korean cinema's most tightly kept secrets.