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Madame Choi and the Monsters

Madame Choi and the Monsters

ISBN: 9781914224225
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Written by Patrick Spät; Drawn by Sheree Domingo
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The true story of how a famous movie star and her ex-husband director were kidnapped by Kim Jong-il and forced to revitalize North Korea’s film industry

The incredible-yet-true story of celebrated South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee, abducted in 1978 by North Korean secret agents on the orders of their film-crazed future leader Kim Jong-il. Six months later, filmmaker Shin Sang-ok, Choi Eun-hee’s ex-husband, is abducted in turn. Choi and Shin remain unaware of each other’s fates until they meet again at a dinner hosted by Kim Jong-il in 1983. Kim forces Choi and Shin to make films, including the infamous kaiju cult classic Pulgasari (1985), all while convincing the world that they serve North Korea willingly. Choi and Shin’s love rekindles slowly in this reunited captivity. Only at the 1986 Venice Film Festival do they escape, fleeing in a daring car chase to the American embassy.