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A State of Mind (2004)

 |  Documentary  |  2004 (UK)
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A British documentary that follows two young North Korean girls as they prepare for the Mass Games, the world's largest choreographed gymnastics performance.

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Hyon Sun Pak ...
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Song Yun Kim ...
Herself - Gymnast
Kim Jong-il ...
Himself - Supreme Leader, North Korea (archive footage) (as Jong-il Kim)
Jong Ho Kim ...
Himself - Mass Games Organizer
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A British documentary that follows two young North Korean girls as they prepare for the Mass Games, the world's largest choreographed gymnastics performance.

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$5,515 (USA) (12 August 2005)

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$41,468 (USA) (11 November 2005)
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Fantastic viewing
17 July 2006 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. A fascinating insight, warts and all, into North Korea. It shows the highly regimented lives the Nth Koreans live, from the propaganda infused television to the speaker piping rhetoric into the family home. But aside from this you see the human side of the people. The mother telling her daughter to eat more breakfast to make her strong, and the two main characters sneaking into school due to there being late. The focus of the film is the build up to the Mass Games in which 6000 people perform highly orchestrated and ornate display in front of their beloved General, who failed to turn up. And boy what a climax. A fantastic film, and a lesson to the contrary of the constant demonising from the west.


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