A scene from North Korean film A Bellflower (1987).

What North Korean films are like: propaganda, potatoes and Japanese ninjas

  • Little is known about North Korea’s domestic feature films, but a German travelling film roadshow once gave a peek into this mysterious world
  • The films encouraged things like eating potatoes to cope with food shortages, not abandoning rural hometowns, and of course – loving the Great Leader
Topic |   Asian cinema

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A scene from North Korean film A Bellflower (1987).
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This year Fly by Night, directed by Malaysian filmmaker Zahir Omar, will be screened at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, northern Italy.

Udine Far East Film Festival: how Southeast Asian cinema found a new audience in northern Italy

  • The festival screens commercial films from East Asia, mainly from Hong Kong, China, South Korea and Japan but increasingly from Southeast Asia
  • Filmmakers like Joko Anwar, Erik Matti and Nattawut Poonpiriya have attended regularly
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This year Fly by Night, directed by Malaysian filmmaker Zahir Omar, will be screened at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, northern Italy.
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