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Comrade Kim Goes Flying

Directed by Anja Daelemans, Nick Bonner, Kim Gwang Hun,

CinemAsia / Belgium, UK, North Korea / 2012 / 81 mins / Korean with English subtitles / DCP


As a young girl growing up in the North Korean countryside, Kim Yong Mi dreamt of sprouting wings and soaring through the skies like the doves that flew above. Years later, the now-adult Comrade Kim spends her days cheerfully laboring as a coal miner and living with her father and grandmother in their idyllic industrial village. But when an opportunity arises to go to Pyongyang, Comrade Kim eagerly sets off for the capital city. There, a chance meeting with members of the Pyongyang Circus—including the cavalier and handsome Pak Jang Phil (Pak Chung Guk)—ignites Kim’s desire to pursue her childhood love of acrobatics. Armed with plenty of pluck, charm, and working-class resilience, Comrade Kim launches a surprising journey toward making her childhood dream come true.

An international collaboration six years in the making, Comrade Kim Goes Flying is the first fiction feature in over thirty years to be filmed inside North Korea and co-produced by Western filmmakers. Its cast brings together non-actors (the leads are real-life professional circus acrobats) with several of the most prominent names in North Korean cinema. Shot in lush, vibrant colors, and with an emphasis on self-destiny that departs from the usual communal themes of North Korean film, this romantic comedy proves as intriguing as it is memorable.

Co-presented by: Kearny Street


Producer: Nick Bonner, Anja Daelemans, Ryom Mi Hwa
Cinematographer: Hwang Jin Sok
Writer: Kim Chol, Sin Myong Sik
Editor: Gao Bing, Alain Dessauvage, Ren Jia, Kim Yun Sim
Sound: Rim Bong Chun, Frederik Van de Moortel, Pedro Van der Eecken, Rim Yu Song

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