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Under the Sun (2015)

V luchakh solntsa (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 27 October 2016 (Russia)
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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.

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Vitaliy Manskiy

Writer:

Vitaliy Manskiy
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Cast

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

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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Documentary

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Language:

Korean

Release Date:

27 October 2016 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

V luchakh solnca See more »

Filming Locations:

Pyongyang, North Korea

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Budget:

€390,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$65,560, 1 August 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,427, 27 January 2017
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Color | Color (HD)
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Crazy Credits

The script of this film was assigned to us by the North Korean SOE. They also kindly provided us with an around the clock escort service, chose our filming locations and looked over all the footage we shot to make sure that we did not make any mistakes in showing the life of a perfectly ordinary family in the best country in the world, with a daughter preparing to join the Children's Union - her first step on the way to becoming a part of the system dreamed by the Great Kim Il-Sung. See more »

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Very good, very scary film
12 December 2016 | by reddwarf-59222See all my reviews

First, to the people decrying this film as mere propaganda, I say you are either: 1. North Korean agents trying to put a happy face on a horrible situation, or, 2. are just plain dumb. if you honestly think the DPRK is a paradise, I triple dog dare any of you to pack up your Che Guevara t-shirts and move there.

If you actually pay attention to the film, you will see many, although sadly, not all, of the people look sad, frightened, beaten down, or all 3.

Places like North Korea are true hells on earth and how ANYONE can defend a regime such as this is beyond my ken.


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