This doc brings you right up close to the suffering of individuals and their families in NK that looks a long way from being curbed. Inspiring to hear the escape stories but the clear trauma in the escapees' words don't bring us cathartic tales so much as horrifying illumination of the way life still is for many people in NK.
Ok, it's important to know about torture and the brainwhash that's going on on Korea for decades. But this documentary is tasteless. Sometimes (in this case, almost everytime) what people say is sad enough or strong enough. But the director tries to underline it with to much music, animations and tasteless stuff. It's just boring.
Giving a 3 is a bit hard for me for its unnecessary over-dramatisation of the subject matter (It's already incredibly dramatic, no need to spread it even thicker) and for the poor editing and stylistic choices. But as others mention, it's still a powerful film simply for exposition North Korea's incredibly disturbing regime and practices and for its courageous testimonies. despite the total repression
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.
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.
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.
Extraordinario documental. Una pieza de arte. Los encuadres son buenos y originales. La música es hermosa. Los testimonios son desgarradores y la edición entre un testimonio y otro está muy bien ensamblada con una línea de historia y con una mujer que usa su cuerpo a través de la danza para señalar con fuerza lo que se vive en Korea del Norte
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.
In the wake of The Interview, this documentary sheds light on the atrocities being committed in North Korea. The version of North Korea presented to the world at large and the harsh reality are well-contrasted, but the rest of the film doesn't live up to that standard. The quality of the filmmaking is akin to something you might find on third-tier cable. It's a valiant effort, but poorly executed.