Kim Jong-il Vows to Beat Hollywood at its Own Game

Choson Ilbo
12/5/2005

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, a reputed film buff, has reportedly vowed his impoverished country’s movies will win the competition with U.S. films. The Washington Times on Sunday said the remarks were quoted by Kim Man-sok, the head of overseas sales at North Korea’s Pyongyang Film Studio.

The paper said the dear leader made the statement to encourage North Korean filmmakers during a visit on location. “We are not competing with U.S. and European films. We have to beat U.S. films,” it quoted him as saying. The daily concluded the North’s “first potential international blockbuster already is in the pipeline.”

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