What North Korean films are like: propaganda, potatoes and Japanese ninjas

A few documentaries have managed to delve behind North Korea’s Iron Curtain to provide a limited view of what life in the impoverished communist dictatorship is like. But North Korea also makes its own feature films to play in its cinemas, and very little is known about what these propaganda films are like.

An intriguing travelling film roadshow, which played at Italy’s Udine Far East Film Festival among others during the 2000s, threw some light on the issue by presenting eight films from the…

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