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Dear Pyongyang


3.7 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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(Aug 31, 2010)

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Special Jury Prize
- Sundance Film Festival

- Asian First Film Festival

- Berlin International Film Festival

Dear Pyongyang received its North American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Providing a rare glimpse inside the borders of North Korea, Yonghi Yang's deeply personal (EMRO) documentary presents viewers with a haunting and profound vision of one of the most isolated countries on earth.

The daughter of a leader of the pro-North Korean movement in Japan, filmmaker Yonghi Yang was separated from her brothers at a young age when they were sent to North Korea under a repatriation campaign.

As the economic situation in the North deteriorated, however, the brothers became increasingly dependent for survival on the care packages their parents sent to them from Japan. Yang's moving film records visits to her brothers in Pyongyang, as well as conversations with her father about his ideological faith, his unyielding devotion to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, and his feelings of regret over breaking up the family.

DVD Features:

  • Audio: Japanese, Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Review

    The impossible personal and political quandaries experienced by ethnic Koreans living in Japan find gentle, touching expression in Yang Yonghi's documentary. --Variety

    Like Yokohama Mary, Dear Pyongyang focuses on something small but tells a decidedly larger story Here, a family portrait becomes a chronicle of Japan's community of North-Korean zainichi. Made all the more fascinating by the lengthy footage of daily life in Pyongyang. --Midnight Eye Best Films

    Director Yonghi Yang has crafted a deeply personal narrative... this film is highly recommended. --Educational Media Reviews Online

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    Product details

    • Actors: Documentary
    • Directors: Yonghi Yang
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
    • Language: Japanese, Korean
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Typecast Releasing/Tidepoint
    • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2010
    • Run Time: 107 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
    • ASIN: B003WO5MC2
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,944 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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