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The Lovers and the Despot FILM REVIEW

Film director Shin Sang-ok, dictator Kim Jong-Il and actress Choi Eun-hee made movies together. The documentary "The Lovers and the Despot" explores how it all came to be.


After their glamorous romance ends, a famous director and actress are kidnapped by movie-obsessed dictator Kim Jong-il. Forced to play along with a bizarre filmmaking project, they get a second chance at love but only one chance at escape.

**** Stars

The Lovers and the Despot

Directors: Ross Adam and Robert Cannan


Running Time: 1 hour 38 minutes


Rating Scale:

***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average

*** = Good **1/2 = Mediocre ** = Fair *1/2 = Poor * = Bad 1/2* = Abysmal

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