Comrade Kim Goes Flying

Comrade Kim Goes Flying
  • 2012
  • Belgium / UK / North Korea
  • 1h 21min
  • Directed by: Kim Gwang Hun, Nicholas Bonner, Anja Daelemans
  • Cast: Han Jong Sim, Pak Chung Guk
  • Language: Korean

The first Western-financed feature to be made entirely in North Korea tells the story of a young miner who trains to become a trapeze artist in pursuit of her childhood dreams of flying.

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Comrade Kim Goes Flying

A candy-coloured view of life and dreams in the Hermit Kingdom.

This cheerful, bright confection tells the story of Yong Mi, a coal miner in her twenties whose childhood dreams of flying are revived by a visit to the circus. She trains to become a trapeze artist, and despite setbacks and embarrassments she maintains her optimism and her will to succeed. The first Western-financed feature film made entirely in North Korea fills the screen with charm and idealism.

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Comrade Kim Goes Flying

26 Jun 20133 stars

An enjoyable, family-friendly drama from North Korean

When talking about North Korea, we tend to think of nuclear tests and one of the last Communist autocracies in the world. So when this North Korean/western co-production was billed in the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013 programme as a…

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