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The Lovers and the Despot

6.3 / 257 votes

UK Cinema Release Date

Friday 23rd September 2016
The Lovers and the Despot poster
Contains mild threat and references to abduction. Suitable for 8 years and over.
Current Status:released

Next Showing:

None. Last shown in UK cinemas on 17th March 2017.
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Documentary, Thriller




1 hour 36 minutes (approx.)

Movie Synopsis:

In 1970s South Korea, actor Choi Eun-hee and her ex-husband, film director Shin Sang-ok, were divorced, estranged and both struggling with stalled careers. Unfortunately, both their lives seemed changed forever when they were individually kidnapped in 1978 by their biggest fan, Kim Jong-il, despot of North Korea. With persuasion and brute force, the movie obsessed Kim planned to use them to develop the Hermit Kingdom's film industry and get it out of its mindless propaganda mentality. Through the words of Choi, their family, associates and US intelligence personnel, you will follow the bizarre slavery of this couple even as they rediscover their love and secretly gather evidence of the dictator's crimes. All they while, they struggle to play along with the world's most dangerous film geek as they desperately plan for their escape.

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The Lovers and the Despot Cast

Paul Courtenay Hyu

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