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Under the Sun (2015)

V luchakh solntsa (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 12 April 2016 (Latvia)
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A propaganda documentary about North Korea that reveals a few hidden facts because the director continues filming between the scripted scenes.


Vitaliy Manskiy


Vitaliy Manskiy
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Credited cast:
Lee Zin-Mi Lee Zin-Mi ... Self
Yu-Yong Yu-Yong ... Self - Zin-Min's schoolmate
Hye-Yong Hye-Yong ... Self - Zin-Min's schoolmate
Oh-Gyong Oh-Gyong ... Self - Zin-Min's schoolmate
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Choi Song-min Choi Song-min ... Self
Lim Soo-Yong Lim Soo-Yong ... Self
Su-Yong Su-Yong ... Self


Over the course of one year, this film follows the life of an ordinary Pyongyang family whose daughter was chosen to take part in one of the famous Korean "Spartakiads". The ritualized explosions of color and joy contrast sharply with pale everyday reality, which is not particularly terrible, but rather quite surreal, like a typical life as seen "through the looking glass". Written by anonymous

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Not a propaganda film with footage between the scenes; rather a documentary about shooting a propaganda film - bravo!
8 September 2019 | by michalgillSee all my reviews

Mansky deserves every possible praise for this piece. To make this movie despite DPRK's restrictions necessitated a lot of courage. If they were caught smuggling the footage out of North Korea, the harshest sentence wouldn't have missed them.

This film is a testament to the horrible conditions the North Korean people must live in and portrays a perfect behind the scenes look to the inner workings of the North Korean propaganda machine. The people in the DPRK's government coming up with this idea mustn't have really been the sharpest tools in the shed, inviting a foreign respected director to shoot stupid propaganda piece I could've shot.

I'm proud that the Czech Republic had its hand in financing the film and thus helping to open the eyes of the world to the mental abuse of every single North Korean citizen taking place every single day. Bravo to the three crew members and their courage!

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Release Date:

12 April 2016 (Latvia) See more »

Also Known As:

V luchakh solnca See more »

Filming Locations:

Pyongyang, North Korea


Box Office


EUR390,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,454, 10 July 2016

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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