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A State of Mind (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 2004 (UK)
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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Cast overview:
Daniel Gordon Daniel Gordon ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Hyon Sun Pak Hyon Sun Pak ... Herself - Gymnast
Song Yun Kim Song Yun Kim ... Herself - Gymnast
Jong-Il Kim ... Himself - Supreme Leader, North Korea (archive footage) (as Jong-il Kim)
Jong Ho Kim Jong Ho Kim ... Himself - Mass Games Organizer


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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Official Sites:

BBC Four [UK] | Official site [UK]




English | Korean

Release Date:

2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die jungen Tänzerinnen aus Pjöngjang See more »

Filming Locations:

Pyongyang, North Korea


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,515, 14 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$41,468, 13 November 2005
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VeryMuchSo Productions See more »
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Italian version of this title (broadcast on TV channel "Cult") has a different soundtrack during the ending exhibition. See more »

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Interesting glimpse into a forbidden world
7 March 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A STATE OF MIND is an engaging little British documentary that follows the path of two young North Korean girls who are training to take part in regular 'games' held in that country, games that show off spectacular choreography and colour as a way to honour the country's leaders. The documentary is interesting because it shows the other side of the story, with cameras allowed inside the country so the viewers can witness real life there without the hyberbole.

The documentary works because the focus is on real people, and you spend long enough with them to get to know and understand what drives them and how they feel. The glimpses of North Korean life we witness are often enthralling, and I particularly enjoyed the training sequences which show off some incredible acrobatic skills. We'll never know whether A STATE OF MIND tells the full story or not, but I'm left feeling sad that this country remains isolated from the rest of the world and unable to integrate on an international scale. North Koreans seem far from the bogeymen portrayed in western media.

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