The country is occupied by the Japanese imperialists. Koppun is selling flowers at the market to get some money to buy medicine for her sick mother. Her brother has joined the resistance movement and Koppun joins him under the leadership of the Leader Kim Il-sung, to throw out the foreign occupants.
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Reportedly a classic of 'Gone With the Wind' standards in North Korea but to western eyes its a handsomely made melodrama. One misfortune begets another throughout the film and the only answer in the end is a people's revolution to expel the Japanese and capitalism. Politics and propaganda aside its basically melodrama of the kind that is thick enough to slice with a knife.