The Lovers and the Despot
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Service Production
 

For Tigerlily Films, UK 
Genre: Documentary
Producer: Natasha Dack
Directors: Robert Cannan, Ross Adam 
Cast: Shin Sang-ok, Choi Eun-hee
Release: January 2016

Storyline

"The Lovers and the Despot" is a documentary about South Korean director Shin Sang-ok and his ex-wife and actress Choi Eun-hee. Their sensational films have coined the South Korean film industry till the late seventies.

At this time Choi Eun-hee got kidnapped on her way to Hong-Kong by later dictator Kim Jong-il. She was brought to his summerhouse in North Korea, where she was held against her will. While Shin Sang-ok was trying to find Choi, he got kidnapped himself. After years of separated imprisonment, Kim reunites the couple and forced them to make movies for the regime...

 

Interview with the directors Robert Cannon and Ross Adam at the show "In the Can" by Park City Television, directly reporting from the Sundance Film Festival 2016.