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A British documentary about US Army defector James Dresnok currently living in North Korea after having defected during the 60s.

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Bruce Cumings ...
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James Dresnok ...
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Kim Il-Sung ...
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Charles Robert Jenkins ...
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Siham Shrieteh ...
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A British documentary about US Army defector James Dresnok currently living in North Korea after having defected during the 60s.

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$2,605 (USA) (10 August 2007)

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$8,733 (USA) (19 October 2007)
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[Dresnok and a friend converse while fishing]
Fisherman: If you only have sons, they must get into a lot of mischief.
James Dresnok: Oh, don't even talk about it. They're like cats and dogs!
[they laugh]
Fisherman: Where does the twenty-two year old go?
James Dresnok: The Foreign Studies Institute.
Fisherman: What language is he learning?
James Dresnok: English.
Fisherman: [pause] You don't seem to enjoy fishing.
James Dresnok: Oh, well... I don't know. If not... this is just to pass the time.
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fascinating what people can adapt to
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This film was another job for Dreslock to perform for his North Korean masters.

Clearly he was a troubled and insubordinate soldier who defected rather than get in trouble for leaving his post with a document he forged. But what an interesting and different life he then had.

North Koreans live in perpetual fear under such circumstances it is just easiest to believe the state line. Dreslock is a typical example.

He also shows how you can take someone who would have amounted to nothing in the US and turn him into something quite interesting. Someone who speaks Korean fluently lectures at Universities etc etc....

What would be really interesting is for him to show up now in the US and do a second film.

To judge him from this film is unfair...utter the wrong word and he or his family would face death or worse.

The real losers in all this was the North Koreans no one believes their propaganda in the West. Think millions starved while this dufus was swigging down Johnny Walker Black Label. It is still fascinating.


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