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Comrade Kim Goes Flying (2012)

A female coal miner in communist Korea aspires to be an acrobat in a circus.


Sin Myong-Sik (screenplay), Kim Chol (screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Han Jong-sim Han Jong-sim ... Comrade Kim Yong-Mi
Pak Chung-Guk Pak Chung-Guk ... Pak Jang-Phil
Ri Yong-Ho Ri Yong-Ho ... Commander Sok Gun
Kim Son-Nam Kim Son-Nam ... Yong Mi's Father
An Chang-Sun An Chang-Sun ... Jang Phil's Mother
Ri Ik-Sung Ri Ik-Sung ... Coalmine Manager
Kim Un-Yong Kim Un-Yong ... Trapeze Artist Ri Su-Yon
Ryu Gyong-Ok Ryu Gyong-Ok ... Yong Mi's Mother
Han Mi-Ryong Han Mi-Ryong ... Yong Mi as child
Kim Chol Kim Chol ... Steel Foundry Foreman
Mun Dok-Min Mun Dok-Min ... 'Oldest' at Steel Foundry
Sin Gwang-Song Sin Gwang-Song ... 'Youngest' at Steel Foundry
Han Kil-Myong Han Kil-Myong ... Yong Mi's Grandmother
Kim Song-Ran Kim Song-Ran ... Yong Mi's best friend


A female coal miner in communist Korea aspires to be an acrobat in a circus.

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North Korea's first rom-com


Comedy | Romance



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Release Date:

10 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Pyongyang, North Korea


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

6-Track Stereo (5.1 surround)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Referenced in The Propaganda Game (2015) See more »

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Well-filmed, cheery North Korean film
28 June 2013 | by somebodyatthedoorSee all my reviews

While of course Comrade Kim Goes Flying inevitably contains a certain degree of what Western audiences would see as propaganda, it is the first example of a North Korean film who's main purpose is to entertain and not indoctrinate its audience.

The tale centers on the story of a young coal miner who has always dreamed of flight and who attempts to reach her dream by becoming a trapeze artist in the Pyongyang circus. Along the way she has to pass through several trials including parental disapproval, the contempt of the acrobatic elite and the grueling training program in order to reach her goal.

The acting and cinematography is of a high standard and the acrobatic feats demonstrated are very impressive. The central story of a feisty, strong, independent girl battling against the North Korean class structure (which the film clearly depicts as still existing) will hopefully provide a good role model for North Korean women which has unfortunately been lacking in previous North Korean films.

This being said, the film is very obviously meant as a fantasy and does not reflect the truth about North Korean working class life. It does also contain some relatively clunky feeling propaganda (a strangely placed conversation about 'the leader' ,a few lines about exceeding mining quotas and an extreme over abundance of food etc.)but these parts seemed thrown it at the last moment and were not an integral part of the film.

Overall, I would say that it is well worth a watch but that it is mainly directed towards a North Korean audience and therefore some scenes may seem a little strange to Westerners.

This is probably one of the only films you will ever see with a cement mixing battle between a coal miner and a trapeze artist.

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