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.
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.
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.
Deceptively powerful. Those who won't like the choppy, slightly manic, mixed-media style should find enough weight in the actual content to make the movie worth their while. Animation, N.Korean kitsch and quirky propaganda provide effective - if amateurish - juxtaposition for the much heavier political/humanitarian themes of the film. Also the 1st interpretive dance scene in a movie that hasn't made me want to vomit.