The Lovers and the Despot

The Lovers and the Despot

The romance between the debonair film director Shin Sang-ok and glamorous actress Choi Eun-hee took them to the heights of South Korean society.

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They were the Brangelina of ’70s South Korea—the romance between the debonair film director Shin Sang-ok and glamorous actress Choi Eun-hee took them to the heights of South Korean society. Fame took a toll on their love, but it also attracted unbelievable twists of fate. The two find themselves kidnapped by the North Korean regime, and they are forced to play along with a bizarre filmmaking project led by superfan cinephile Kim Jong-il. Enduring torture, imprisonment, and surveillance, their romance is rekindled, and they realize escape is only possible through filmmaking—but the smallest mistake in their plans could cost them their lives. 

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  • projection time:
    93 min.
  • country/year:
    United Kingdom / 2016
  • director:
    Robert Cannan, Ross Adam
  • editor:
    Jim Hession
  • production:
    Natasha Dack Ojumu
  • awards :
    2016 - Sundance IFF; 2016 - Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival

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