The Juche Idea (2008)




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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.
Comedy , Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for The Juche Idea

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

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 26, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

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 25, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Densely constructed and pretty damn brilliant.

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

Jim Finn has managed to spoof not just easy-target Kim, but also the very notion of artists in residence making ever more obscure, inaccessible, and pretentious work.

Full Review… | May 24, 2010
Slant Magazine

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