The Lovers and the Despot


Shin Sang-ok:

(speaking Korean on tape)

(muffled cheering)

(siren wailing)

(Indistinct chatter)

Ladies and

gentlemen of the press...

Out of the way!

Come on, down.

Give somebody else a break.


I have been provided

with the following

background information.

Mr. Shin and Miss Choi are both

nationals of South Korea

and are married.

Mr. Shin was

a well-known director

and Miss Choi

a famous actress

in the South Korean

film industry.

Some eight years ago, Miss Choi

appeared in North Korea

after having been in Hong Kong.

Subsequently, Mr. Shin

travelled to Hong Kong

and later appeared

in North Korea.

Today's conference is held

at the request

of Mr. Shin and Miss Choi.

The Shin couple will have

an opening statement

after I have finished my...

(speaking Korean)


(indistinct chatter)


(camera shutter clicks)


Kim Jong-il's

leadership of Korea.

Mount Paektu,

the mountain that chimes

with the history

of the Korean revolution,

carries the great history

of the leadership of Korea

By Kim Jong-il.

Inheriting the qualities

of president Kim Il-sung,

a peerless hero of Korea,

and Kim Jong-suk,

a woman hero of the

anti-Japanese revolution,

Kim Jong-il has led

the Korean revolution

for several decades.

In the mid-1960s,

when the situation in Korea

and the world was complicated,

Kim Jong-il started working

at the central committee

of the workers' party of Korea,

the general staff

of the Korean revolution.

Whenever the us imperialists

resorted to high-handedness

with regard to Korea,

he'd put them to shame,

displaying the wisdom

and mettle of an

iron-willed commander.



In the 1960s,

I was working

in a military-intelligence

organization in South Korea.

But I didn't have any connection

with the film business.

I was just in the audience.

My job was to interrogate

North Korean defectors

and arrest North Korean

espionage agents.


In the 1970s,

the North Korean Workers' Party

recognized Kim Jong-il

as his father's heir apparent.

So he started to build up

his own power base.

During that period, there was

a very severe power struggle,

to protect Kim Jong-il's power

and his succession to power

after his father.

Many, many people

were killed and purged.


All of them are brainwashed.

All of them are brainwashed.

But the interrogator's job

is to crack him.

To make him understand

the true story, the true facts,

of what's going on.

(man sings in Korean)

(speaking Korean)


(speaking Korean)

(speaking Korean)


(speaking Korean)

Can you describe

what you heard on the tapes?

Because you told us before

that you have heard

Kim Jong-il's voice,

and not many people have.

I cannot do that.

I know you can't

explain how you heard it,

but can you explain that

you knew they were real?

And that this was

really Kim Jong-il?

I cannot tell you

the circumstances.

Yes, of course.

Okay, let's... Let's start.


I mentioned five tapes

that were released

to the South Korean authorities

and I recognized

Kim Jong-il's voice.

(scratchy interference on tape)

Kim Jong-il:

(speaking Korean on tape)

(Kim's Jong-il's indistinct

speech on tape recorder)


(speaking Korean)


(speaking Korean)

(speaking Korean)

(train whistle blows)

Choi Kyung-ok:

(speaking Korean)

(speaking Korean)


(speaking Korean)

(speaking Korean)

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