Dear Pyongyang

Dear Pyongyang

DVD - 2010 | Korean
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The daughter of a leader of the pro-North Korean movement in Japan, Yang Yonghi was separated from her brothers at a young age when they were sent to North Korea under a repatriation campaign. As the economic situation in the North deteriorated, the brothers became increasingly dependent for survival on the care packages sent by their parents. Shows Yang's visits to her brothers in Pyongyang, as well as conversations with her father about his ideological faith.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Typecast Releasing : Eyes on Asia, c2010
Branch Call Number: 305.895 DEA
Characteristics: 1 DVD (107 min.)

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voisjoe1 Sep 21, 2011

A good documentary of a North Korean family living in Japan - parents dedicated to Kim Jong Il, daughter more westernized.

They visit the rest of their family in Pyongyang, capitol of North Korea, a very bleak, broken down, regimented city.

Sad, those living in Pyongyang, stuck there, but there is no political discussion to see how much they know of the outside world or if they even would like to leave.

You need to see at least one movie filmed in Pyongyang to get a taste of the place.

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bob_f52
Mar 30, 2011

This documentary was shown at the Seattle International Film Festival several years ago. I found it interesting and touching. It is a daughter's memorial of her father (I loved this guy) and to a much lesser extent, her mother (mother as young woman is beautiful.) Father and mother are Korean ex-pats who have moved the family to Japan. He and mother are adent communists and are local communist leaders in Japan. This leads to a decision for their three sons that has lasting effects on the sons and family. I think the daughter who produces this documentary did a great job with almost no money. (Like, I think she had a handicam and just did it.)

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