North Korea


Poet Jang Jin-sung’s secrets and lines

 •  July 26

It was Kim Jong-il’s unclad feet that undid his divinity. In 1999, Jang Jin-sung, a former state poet laureate from North Korea, was summoned to...

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Film in North Korea: Supreme leader’s supreme love

 •  June 6

IN 1987 Kim Jong Il published his manifesto on films, “The Cinema and Directing”. Kim—who ruled North Korea from 1994 to 2011 and was a film...

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Mass Games: The greatest show in North Korea?

 •  March 5

North Korea’s Mass Games is an annual spectacle that combines sumptuous theatricality with state worship. It’s Cirque du Soleil on steroids,...

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Will North Korean films ever be more than propaganda?

 •  February 25

Sugar-coated propaganda films are popular in North Korea – but they gloss over reality. Could things be changing? Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore...

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A Visit to the Hermit Kingdom

 •  October 22

SHANGHAI — Some of the passengers were clutching their heads, complaining about hangovers, staring with glazed eyes out of the tour bus at the...

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