We’ve compiled a list of the top North Korean movies for your viewing pleasure.
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Finding a good film on North Korea might be difficult. While the country’s borders remain blocked, why not watch a new North Korean documentary to pass the time?
Five movies on North Korea, including a new one that will be released in 2020, are included in this (very small) list.
With so many North Korean films and documentaries to choose from, it’s hard to know where to begin.
The films on this North Korea movie list range from the creative to the humorous, from the realistic to the downright strange.
1. A State of Mind (2004)
Following two North Korean schoolgirls and their families as they prepare for the world’s largest human performance, A State of Mind is an observational documentary film.
In June 2004, the film was shown on BBC4 and ARTE.
Insightful into the lives of North Korean families, children growing up in North Korea, and the grueling training required to perform in the Mass Games.
2. Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang (2015)
In this North Korean film, Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-Un, two of the world’s most famous basketball players, recount the story of a strange and unlikely friendship between a North Korean leader and an American basketball star.
In 2014, Dennis Rodman organized a basketball game between American and North Korean players, which was filmed for a documentary film.
Everything you’d expect from an out-of-the-ordinary friendship: funny, intriguing, and bizarre.
3. Under the Sun (2015)
Don’t be put off by the fact that this is an artistic documentary on North Korea. Under the Sun is a fascinating look at the production of a propaganda film that is devoid of military parades, nuclear weapons, and other typical elements of the genre.
In order to make a film, Vitaly Maskiy, a Russian director, set out to collect all of the necessary funds. To keep recording between takes after the North Koreans wouldn’t allow him the freedom of filming, he made a film. The end product is a North Korean film that provides a glimpse into the country’s propaganda efforts and the image they hope to project to the world.
4. The Mole (2020)
The Mole, a new documentary on North Korea, presents the story of Ulrich Larsen, a Danish man who infiltrates the Korean Friendship Association for ten years and becomes a spy (KFA). KFA boss leads him to an elaborate investment opportunity culminating in what was to be an underground weapons and drugs facility on a Ugandan island posing as a luxury hotel during his tenure in the KFA.
5. Michael Palin in North Korea (2018)
Even if this is more of a documentary than a North Koran film, it’s still worth mentioning. Michael Palin accompanied Koryo Tours on a trip to North Korea in May, and this illuminating documentary chronicles his experiences in a two-part special.
The friendship between Michael Palin and one of the guides he meets while in North Korea is one of the most talked-about aspects of this North Korean documentary.