A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a by Paul Fischer

By Paul Fischer

Sooner than turning into the world's such a lot infamous dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's Ministry for Propaganda and its movie studios. Conceiving each motion picture made, he acted as manufacturer and screenwriter. regardless of this keep an eye on, he was once underwhelmed by way of the to be had expertise and took drastic steps, ordering the abduction of Choi Eun-Hee (Madam Choi)—South Korea's most famed actress—and her ex-husband Shin Sang-Ok, the country's most renowned filmmaker.Madam Choi vanished first. while Shin went to Hong Kong to enquire, he used to be attacked and awakened wrapped in plastic sheeting aboard a boat certain for North Korea. Madam Choi lived in remoted luxurious, allowed in basic terms to wait the precious Leader's dinner events. Shin, in the meantime, attempted to flee, was once despatched to criminal camp, and "re-educated." After 4 years he cracked, pledging loyalty. Reunited with Choi on the first celebration he attends, it really is introduced that the couple will remarry and act because the expensive Leader's movie advisors. jointly they made seven motion pictures, within the method gaining Kim Jong-Il's belief. whereas pretending to investigate a movie in Vienna, they flee to the U.S. embassy and are swept to safety.A nonfiction mystery choked with pressure, ardour, and politics, writer Paul Fischer's A Kim Jong-Il Production bargains a unprecedented glimpse right into a secretive international, illuminating a desirable bankruptcy of North Korea's historical past that is helping clarify the way it grew to become the hermetically sealed, intensely stage-managed kingdom it is still this day.

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Soon Confucius himself became sick and did not recover. On April 11, 479 BCE, Confucius died at age 73. His students held a funeral for him. Many people came, including Duke Ai of Lu. After the funeral, his students continued to mourn him for 3 years, as they would do for their own parents. When the 3-year period was over, and other students left, Zigong built a hut next to Confucius’s tomb and mourned for additional 3 years. Later, a number of Confucius’s students as well as a few other people of Lu built their homes near Confucius’s tomb and formed a Confucian neighborhood.

Thinking that he didn’t give his son enough while receiving support from him, Confucius often felt guilty. Only one year after the death of his own son, his most favorite student Yan Hui died at the young age of 41. Confucius treated Yan Hui as his own son, while Yan Hui also regarded Confucius as his father. Yan Hui’s family was poor, but he found joy in learning. Confucius once said, “What a worthy person Hui is! With a bowlful of rice and a ladleful of water and living in a shabby lane, other people would not be able to endure, but Hui does not allow this to affect his joy.

While not interested in what happened in the state of Lu, Duke Min of Chen was very impressed, saying, “now I know why sages deserve our respect” (Kongzi Jiayu 16; 116). indd 22 8/18/2001 5:39:47 PM THE LIFE OF CONFUCIUS 23 Another day, a bird fell from the sky down into the palace of Chen, shot by a wooden arrow with a stone head, very different from those used at the time. Curious about this type of arrow, Duke Min of Chen went to Confucius. Confucius told him that this was a very ancient arrow.

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