North Korea’s most famous film is coming to Vancouver.  Here’s the synopsis: Comrade Kim Yong Mi is a North Korean coal miner, and has aspirations of becoming a trapeze artist.  But her dream is crushed by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil, who believes miners belong underground and not in the air.  Comrade Kim goes Flying is a heartwarming story of trying to make the impossible possible, and is North Korea’s first “girl power” movie and the story of a girl reaching for her own dream and carving out her own future.


Comrade Kim Goes Flying is an unexpected fairytale that grew from an idea in 2006, when it was first conceived as a short film to be shot in North Korea.  Eventually, it blossomed to become a feature film with an all-Korean cast.  Comrade Kim Goes Flying is the outcome of a long and sometimes halting process of ups and downs.   North Korean writers wrote and rewrote the script for the film over a period of three years through much barriers from the state run film and television studios.  Comrade Kim Goes Flying is also comign to Vancouver on November 9, at 7.30PM as part of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) 2013.


Departing from the usual North Korean script, Comrade Kim centred on a female lead character pursuing her own dream without regard for country or party, and she was a coal miner dreaming of a life outside the mine.   The script was considered unrealistic and did not fit neatly within North Korean film censors.   With directors’ resilience, the film’s remarkable story sprang to life and eventually screened in both Korea’s, including the Pyongyang International Film Festival and Busan International Film Festival.



Previous Screenings/Awards: Toronto International Film Festival, Pyongyang International Film Festival—Winner Best Direction, Busan International Film Festival, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival

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