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The Juche Idea (2008)

The Juche Idea




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Inspired by the true life tale of a South Korean filmmaker who was kidnapped by the North Koran government and charged with invigorating the North's failing film industry, director Jim Finn's cinema-centric drama tells the story of a South Korean video artist who arrives at a North Korean art residence with the goal of ushering Juche cinema into the 21st Century. A hybrid of Confucian and authoritarian Stalinist pseudo-Socialism, Juche is translated as self-reliance, and plays a crucial part in North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il's philosophy of propaganda, film, and art. When aspiring young video artist Yoon Jung Lee arrives to work at a Juche art residency on a North Korean collective farm, the philosophies of politics and filmmaking quickly begin to converge.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Comedy, Special Interest
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Written By: Jim Finn
On DVD: Oct 4, 2011

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Meant to be a comedy, one that cuts two ways: mocking the strictures placed on moviemakers in both Communist and capitalist systems.

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
New York Times
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In the director's hands, these societal passion plays and "documentaries" offer a terrifying, top-down perversion of art itself -- another insidious extension of politics by other means.

Full Review… | May 26, 2010
Time Out
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June 3, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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Densely constructed and pretty damn brilliant.

Full Review… | June 1, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine

An unconventional and wildly imaginative combination of humor, satire and faux documentary as a delightful and refreshing medium to enlighten the audience about Juche.

Full Review… | May 26, 2010
NYC Movie Guru

Intriguing experimental feature takes playful aim at the North Korean propaganda machine.

Full Review… | May 25, 2010
Film Journal International

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