Friday Fun: Nick Bonner, Kim Yong Sik, and Paul Romer

1. Nick Bonner, founder of Koryo Tours and producer of three documentaries filmed in the DPRK has given a recent interview to World Hub.  Mr. Bonner is currently working on a new film–a North Korean romantic comedy:

“We are hoping to start shooting in December. If that does not kill me then nothing will. We will keep people updated on Facebook and our newsletter and I think the making of the film will be one heck of a ride. Think revolutionary coal miner who wants to become a trapeze artist. But how does she accomplish this? With a script like that how can we go wrong!”

2. Kim Yong Sik was born in 1949. Having lived in Seoul all his life, he discovered his unique talent about 15 years ago; when others started to notice he looked like North Korea’s “Dear Leader.” Since then, Kim Yong Sik has made a living, part time, imitating Kim Jong Il in movies, television commercials, weddings and Japanese TV dramas.


3. Paul Romer’s TED talk: How can a struggling country break out of poverty if it’s trapped in a system of bad rules? Economist Paul Romer unveils a bold idea: “charter cities,” city-scale administrative zones governed by a coalition of nations. Could Guantánamo Bay become the next Hong Kong?  Watch the presentation here.


3 Responses to “Friday Fun: Nick Bonner, Kim Yong Sik, and Paul Romer”

  1. Gag Halfrunt says:

    I notice that Kim Yong Sik’s DPRK flag badge has the Korean penninsula (like on the Unification Flag) instead of the star. Are there laws in South Korea banning the display of North Korean emblems?

    I also wonder if his Kim badge is a photo of himself. It’s just a face cut out of a photo on a plain white background.

  2. George says:

    “city-scale administrative zones governed by a coalition of nations.”

    Hong Kong didn’t become that way from being ruled by a “coalition of nations”. That would pretty much guarantee failure. Hong Kong got the way it is by less governing and allowing private enterprise a greater hand.

    Guantanamo Bay could become another Hong Kong by simply allowing business to operate at favorable tax rates with little government interference.

    The more “governing” that goes on, the less success there will be.

  3. Richardson says:

    Kim Yong Sik needs to drop a few kgs to keep up with his evil twin…