Apart from his status as a charter member of the “Axis of Evil,” Kim Jong Il has remained enigmatic to most Westerners. N.C. Heikin’s documentary Kimjongilia gives long overdue voice and a glimpse behind the curtain to those who’ve suffered under the dictator’s reign.
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The eyewitness story of North Korea can do nothing else but fascinate and appal in equal measure, whatever the misjudgements in presentation. One day something like the full story will come out, and dancing will not be on the itinerary.
Comprised mostly of interview footage juxtaposed with interpretive dance and archival footage, Kimjongilia plays out more like a A&E Biography than a typical documentary. Nevertheless, some of the accounts are quite vivid and captivating, yet, I found the execution of the production to lean a bit on the side of the amateur.
Brave testimonials. It's the first time in 25 years I had the courage to watch a documentary about terror and dictatorship . You should see it. Knowing the history so we never again repeat it. I'm from Romania. I usually was the 2nd in the 1st "C" in Ceausescu's name' body-shaped-shows. We've killed Ceausescu. On Christmas "89. But the communism sick legacy - not yet.
very important to expose North Korea's regime by as many documentaries and sources as possible. Maybe more awareness will bring forth that change we wish for.
That being said, I don't like the particular style of this documentary, from an artistic pov, but the content is what gives its value.
hit or miss at times. but coming from a country which was also plagued by a dictatorship (which also came with the standard soviet cult of personality that was actually inspired by kim il-sung and mao) i can't help but overlook some cheesy choices in directing. breaks my heart to see how hopeful most defectors were that north korea would rise again after kim jong-il died and they just got his junior replacement.