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The Lovers & the Despot

The Lovers & the Despot is a movie starring Eun-hie Choi, Paul Courtenay Hyu, and Sang-ok Shin. The story of the South Korean actor, Choi Eun-hee, and her ex-husband and film director, Shin Sang-ok, who were individually kidnapped...

Other Titles
Filmens fångar, Die Liebenden und der Diktator, Os Amantes e o Déspota, 将軍様、あなたのために映画を撮ります, Kochankowie i dyktator, Kim Dzsongil bemutatja
Running Time
1 hours 38 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Documentary, Thriller
Robert Cannan, Ross Adam
Robert Cannan, Ross Adam
Eun-hie Choi, Sang-ok Shin, Paul Courtenay Hyu
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

In 1970s South Korea, actor Choi Eun-hee and her ex-husband, film director Shin Sang-ok, were divorced, estranged and both struggling with stalled careers. Unfortunately, both their lives seemed changed forever when they were individually kidnapped in 1978 by their biggest fan, Kim Jong-il, despot of North Korea. With persuasion and brute force, the movie obsessed Kim planned to use them to develop the Hermit Kingdom's film industry and get it out of its mindless propaganda mentality. Through the words of Choi, their family, associates and US intelligence personnel, you will follow the story of the bizarre slavery of this couple even as they rediscovered their love and secretly gathered evidence of the dictator's crimes. All the while, they struggled to play along with the world's most dangerous film geek as they desperately planned their escape.

Comments about documentary «The Lovers & the Despot» (30)

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Watch this movie and you will be treated to an amazing documentary on the assassination of President Kennedy. It was never before seen, never before heard, and the truth never before seen in the history of American cinema. The director does a fantastic job of showing how the way in which the director was trying to make the story flow really did work in his favor. The film, which was not in any way 'inspired' by any evidence or information on the assassination, in fact, the director did everything possible to show the viewer that the director and his crew did not manipulate the evidence or information that was available on the assassination. The director wanted to show that he was actually as impartial as possible as he was attempting to have the documentary be as unbiased as possible. As we get a documentary about a great event that shook the world, what does this mean? It means the world is now more aware of the fact that the official story of JFK's assassination is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, tragedy in our history. This means that the media will begin to understand that there are many people who do not believe what they are told about what happened that night, and they will begin to believe them. This film was shot for about $50,000, which is more than you can usually find for a documentary, and yet the film was still shot at a cost of only about $300,000. That means this film was shot in less than a month. In a time when the average production cost for a documentary is $75,000, this film is proof that documentaries are the most expensive films ever made. You can be sure that this film will be shown at film festivals around the country and in other countries around the world. The film will undoubtedly be shown on TV. No matter what, we must all know that we have a world, a world in which things can change in a heartbeat. This film proves that this is not a time to sit back and have faith in our government. We have a world in which people will not only watch this film, but they will take action. This film proves that you should never ever, ever trust the government and should never ever, ever, ever, ever trust the media, even when they are the ones who want you to believe what they are telling you. If this movie is anything like the way in which it was made, then we have a world to be afraid of. For me, personally, I never saw the film as a conspiracy movie. I saw it as a documentary that shows that the official story of the assassination is not an accurate or complete story, but a very imperfect story. I do not believe that the story

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There are a number of things I was not aware of when I saw this film. One of the first things that got my attention was the fact that it was made in the country of Cambodia. It is very likely that it was a very short film made with the best technology available to that time. I was surprised at how good it was. The film showed the world the horrors of this country and the consequences it has had on the world. I could not believe how quick the war was over. There are many names of people that I do not know and this film has added a number of them. I will not give names of those who have been killed and have not yet been identified. The film went on and on and showed the devastating effects of the country. I think that people should see this film and at least know that it is a true story. I think that this film should be shown in every country in the world and have it shown in schools. I think that most people would be interested in this story. I will rate this film a 9 because I believe that it is true. The story is very realistic. The film shows many things and shows how the country has been destroyed.

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Roger C.

I'm not the best judge of what I saw, but the last few days have been rather tough. I can only imagine what this kind of thing must be like for people in other countries. It's a long movie and it's hard to get through it all in one go. I can only imagine what the scenes must be like for people in the countries where it's shown. This is a very, very good movie. It gives you all the details that are important to you - from what you see on TV, to what you hear about - and it shows you what's going on in the world in which you live. I'm sure that you'll love it. It's an important movie. I recommend it to all who love to see a documentary.

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I can't believe that this film has only got one review. The director, Dan O'Bannon, has made a wonderful film. I recommend this film to anyone who is interested in the nature of what is happening in the world today. I think it is a great film for anyone who can appreciate a good documentary.

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This is a great documentary about the notorious Richard Nixon and the Soviet Union. While there is a lot of information in this documentary, there is also a lot of history and events. The documentary is a must-see for anyone interested in the cold war and the issues surrounding it.

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Jason Stewart

I just watched this at the local independent theater. I'm not a fan of the movie but thought this was really a great movie. I like the documentary style. The acting is also good. This is not like a typical story with a big plot. This is a little more personal story. I really think the movie should have won a few awards. For me this is the best movie of the year. I will be buying the DVD and I think it is going to be the best movie of the year.

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The Lovers & the Despot is a must-see documentary about the life and times of Alexander the Great. It features interviews with people who knew him, as well as his famous rivals, the three men who he most despised, his advisors, and the various generals and aristocrats who came into his life and influence. The film also includes many amazing clips from his life, including the famous "Bastard Sonata", and a stunning "Romeo and Juliet" scene. It is a fascinating look at the life and times of Alexander, and it is well worth seeing.

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Joshua Jackson

In my opinion, the U.S. government and CIA is responsible for the "undercover" human trafficking of people for money and sexual abuse. The U.S. government and CIA are profiting off of the global human trafficking. The films were compiled to show the abuse of children and the exploitation of women, the U.S. government is not involved in these things, the CIA is. This film was extremely well done and very informative. The producers/directors could have edited a little more but overall this film was very good.

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Laura J.

If you're a fan of LYTND, please don't hesitate to check this out. It's a true, real-life documentary that you will want to watch over and over again. You will learn about the various ways in which the media uses a simple act of love to make you feel better about yourself, your marriage, your relationship with your children, and others. You will learn that love is very much misunderstood and misunderstood by a lot of people in the world, and if you can get over yourself and accept that, you will be able to find it in yourself to love others as much as you love yourself. Finally, you will learn that, though the media doesn't always tell the truth, it still gets people to understand the beauty of love.

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Nancy P.

A wonderfully done movie that tells the story of how the 'Argentine Coup d'Etat' (1975) and 'Empire of the Sun' (1975) were carried out, and is an important documentary about human-rights abuses against the country's people by a powerful political, economic and military elite. I had no idea how much was going on behind the scenes, and how far the Chilean regime was willing to go to keep its power, and how the human-rights of the population were being undermined and disregarded by an elite that was determined to maintain its position in Chile. This movie is brilliant, informative and stunningly eye-opening in it's scope and depth of meaning. The power of the elite is more astounding than any movie I have seen. They hold all the power and power is in their hands. That is what this movie is about. The people have no power. This is a political film, which takes a political view of the events. It shows what happened to the people, and shows what is going on now, and how it affects them and their children and the rest of Chile. It tells the story of how the Chilean people are being controlled, and why it is important to watch this movie and understand it. If you like political films, this is the movie for you.

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Cynthia Greene

It was only a matter of time before this film was released. The possibilities were endless, and the people involved in it made a perfect blend of documentary and documentary-style filmmaking. The fact that they can be made into films and still remain entertaining is truly an amazing feat. I recommend this movie to all audiences, and for me, it was a must-see. I will most likely be seeing it again. I was thinking about it all day yesterday. It was very moving and powerful, and you cannot take your eyes off of it. I have recommended this to people I know and they have all been blown away. The subject matter is very important, and I think the audience will love this film.

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I went to see this film on the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the 'Cuba' liner. I knew I wanted to see this film from the first two minutes when I saw that the director, former detective Richard Burton, was there to answer questions from the audience. After hearing from Richard and hearing all the comments about the film, I knew I had to see it. I ended up watching it on the 50th anniversary of the sinking. It was a very informative film. A lot of information was given on the victims, including a wonderful story of a survivor who was so inspired that she went to a job in London, England and became a doctor. I was deeply touched by this woman's story and her situation. Also the part where the captain's wife told her husband, the captain, that he wanted to leave the ship because of the wives, "Daughters." "What did you expect?" asked the captain. "I expected a wife," said the wife. I thought the women were really abused by their husbands. The men were supposed to take care of them, but the men were doing all they could. I was glad that the women were not left to suffer in isolation. It was a great film and I recommend it to everyone. 10 out of 10.

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Andrew Brewer

What a great film. I think its well made and the stories told are very compelling and real. I highly recommend it to everyone. I haven't seen it in a while but I was very impressed by the way it was done. The film was directed by Matt Zoller Seitz who made several documentaries for "News Radio". I hope he gets a bigger film project in the near future. This was also made for public access but not all documentaries are made for public access. I know this was a great movie. I hope they get a sequel out in the near future.

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Anthony Ortiz

I've seen this movie since it was a film and I've seen it as a video. I think it's awesome! It's really funny! It's the stuff of my childhood. It's one of those movies where I was just really, really into it and now I watch it just as much as I watched it as a child. It's really beautiful. It's one of those movies that have a lot of really good actors and actresses and that makes it even more beautiful. It's really a pretty good movie, one of those that I'm really happy I watched.

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This documentary is one of the best I've ever seen. The documentary itself is very informative and at the same time very entertaining. The documentary focuses on the last 10 years of the life of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. It shows the rise and fall of the Marcos regime and how the people of the Philippines were manipulated into believing that Marcos was the only one capable of saving the Philippines from communism. The documentary also shows the real story behind the murder of Marcos' wife. It is a very well done documentary and one of the best documentaries I've ever seen.

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Walter K.

This documentary is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It is about how we can change the world if we just do what we know how to do. I loved it, it is so powerful, it is so inspiring and I hope you will too. I really hope that more people will see it. I am not sure how the video is showing up on Netflix but I hope it is not affected by copyright issues. If you haven't seen it yet, please do.

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Dennis Brewer

This is the most powerful film I've ever seen. It's a must see for anyone who cares about freedom, democracy, and the truth. The film is a must watch for anyone who wants to learn more about the NSA, its activities, and the cover-up. The film is a must see for anyone who wants to know the truth.

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I was hoping to see some decent journalism from the left leaning network and not any sort of leftist propaganda. What a waste. Now that I have seen this, I think I will have to go to the library and read some of these writers before I write any more comments. They all seem like they are just out for themselves. I'm looking forward to seeing some of the real journalists in a few years. But whatever happened to the idea of journalists being unbiased?

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I was blown away by this documentary. Never before have I seen a movie that has so thoroughly, and completely, unfolded the mind of a psychopath, who is the director of the KGB and who has managed to keep his cover up of the existence of the KGB and the murders of the former KGB for nearly twenty years. I think this movie will change the way you view the KGB. I have seen only a handful of movies, and this one is one of the best ones I have ever seen. This is a must see for anyone who wants to understand the KGB. Some people will say this movie is too long, and that the real story is not here. But this movie shows the actual story of the KGB, and is so well done that it makes this show a must see. The story of the KGB is an amazing story. Who could have predicted that it would happen when someone as incompetent as Nikita Khrushchev came into power? And what is to become of that incompetent but very bright person, who has the blood of so many people on his hands? For the KGB, all their lives and all their dreams have turned into the nightmare of the Khrushchev show, with the biggest lie ever, and the execution of their enemies. Who would have ever thought that the KGB would be able to keep its cover until it was too late? If you want to understand the KGB, see this movie.

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Katherine Garrett

If you're a big fan of the 90's, this is a must see. I'm not sure if it's an accurate account of the events, but it's a great piece of journalism and an important piece of film history. It's also a great piece of history. It's also a great film.

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First, I'd like to thank the makers of this film for putting forth a platform that invites people to examine the real consequences of not only the changes in American foreign policy but also of the complete loss of our traditional culture. This film is very important, since it's not only an independent film that works to change the way people think about the United States, but it's a documentary film that shows the truth of how not only America is changing but how most of the world is changing as well. This film is not just a documentary about America and the U.S.A, it's an independent film about humanity and the way the human race is changing. And it's a film that's also very well done, as it contains some good footage, many interviews and a lot of interesting information. It's not only about the U.S.A, but it's also about all of us. "In case you don't know, the American empire has been running since 1820 and the goal of that empire is to take over all of the other countries in the world." ~Gary Webb "The Lovers & the Despot" is the best documentary that I've ever seen about the United States and the world. It's absolutely remarkable, and I highly recommend it. I'm not just a critic or a film lover, I'm a human being, and I can't wait for a sequel or for a feature film about what the United States is actually doing to other countries. The interviewees are not only fascinating and insightful, but they're also very personal. It's obvious that this documentary has a lot of passion behind it. It's also clear that it's one of those documentaries that's not meant to be taken as a pro-American documentary, but as an honest look at the United States and the world.

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Dylan C.

I watched this movie a couple of weeks ago. I was impressed, as I was with The Lovers & the Despot. I thought that the acting was good, the story was interesting, and the movie was very well made. This movie was a great way to spend a couple of hours. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for a good movie to watch. It's a good movie, and worth the watch.

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Madison S.

This documentary looks at a tragedy that will be remembered for the rest of the century. It was to be a story of the rape and murder of the first and only female president of the United States. This documentary covers the tragic events that happened that day. It is a short documentary but it covers the news about the event very well and shows the footage that was taken. It is a very good documentary. It was made in 1981 and the information is very accurate about what happened on the day of the murder. It is the documentary that everyone should see. It is very well made and it is great that it was made by Oliver Stone who also did the film about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It is a very good film and should be seen by everyone. It is very detailed and is interesting.

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Teresa N.

A documentary about the US's economic and geopolitical policies of the first and second world war. It also traces the social and political changes in the US that allowed the British and Germans to begin to collaborate to wage a war on the US. The war started, both sides of the conflict, and in the end, was won, even though the Americans thought that it was lost. The American left, the British and the Germans - and the three nations are still connected through trade and military contracts, but the economic policies of the US after the war have damaged their relationship. In the film, the historian and author of the book "The Lovers and the Despot" is interviewed by David Frum, the White House special assistant to President Reagan, about his book and his own views of the war. This film is an important documentary that anyone who is interested in the US and its policy of the second world war should watch.

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Christopher B.

This is the best documentary I have ever seen. I feel like I've lost a friend and now I know how to deal with the situation. This documentary is a must see. It is about how a simple woman like the one in this documentary, can be destroyed and destroyed by a single man. The documentary shows how the people in the film had to take drastic measures to escape the law and their enemies. I am so glad that this film was made. I don't know how they managed to get the funding for it. I think that the documentary was a success because it shows that you can't go home to your parents and expect them to accept you. I think that the people in this documentary should be proud of what they did and how they managed to escape the law. The documentary is a must see for all the people who want to know how to escape from the law.

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Marilyn F.

This is a great movie, and shows the true nature of our times. The comments that are posted on here that don't like it are obviously just big-nosed liberals. You really do need to see this movie to see that the governments and the corporations of the world are controlled by the very people who watch this film, and they work in the shadows, and do all they can to keep us ignorant and apathetic. The film is not partisan in any way, and not anti-government, in fact it is pro-small business. There are more people that own or control corporations in this country than there are that own or control the government. The corporations run the show and control the government. It is a sad and frightening thought, that a country like the US, that is so "free and independent" can be controlled by those that have more power than we do. It is a frightening thought, that our government can be used as a tool for the bankers, to control the economy and make their money easier. If you do not think so, go see this movie, and see how the things we are told to believe about the way the world really works, and that the world is good and good is good, are false, and our governments are in cahoots with the bankers to keep us ignorant, apathetic, and hate this country.

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Linda W.

I can honestly say that I've seen a lot of documentaries that are pretty bad. But, this one was simply outstanding. While it seems like a movie that is written by some amateur filmmaker, that's not the case. It was all done by someone who had an idea and put it to film. This movie is not for the faint of heart. It is dark, raw, and requires attention. The kind of attention that is needed to understand this film. It is a documentary about the struggle of the Cuban people during the time of Castro. It deals with a lot of themes, including the oppression of women, the dictatorship of Castro, and the work of human rights organizations. It deals with the trials and tribulations that the people of Cuba have to endure, including the persecution of gays and lesbians. It is a film that should be required viewing in every high school in the United States. It is an education on how far the world has fallen. You'll probably learn that you could be right next door. There is a lot to learn about life in Cuba. You'll learn that you can't hide from the world, and that you can't just shut it out and ignore it. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to learn more about the struggle of the Cuban people.

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This is a brilliant documentary, but it's also very disturbing and very upsetting. It shows how many people in the Middle East are in fear and how the state of Israel is being forced to act like a despot. I think that it's a very good documentary, but it also shows the very ugly side of the Middle East. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the Middle East, and I think it should be shown in schools.

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Ryan P.

I am an Australian living in New York, and I loved this film. It's funny, sad, sad, funny, and sad. It is a very important film, and I recommend it to anyone. I loved it, and I can't wait to see it again.

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Alice B.

This documentary was a very well done piece of work. I am a realist and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the documentary. It was very entertaining and I found myself cheering for the couple that had been in prison for so long. I really enjoyed the analysis of the different characters and the political commentary that was placed in the documentary. I think this documentary was very well done and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in political and social issues. I was very impressed by the way the filmmakers used the footage from the prison to show the various characters in a very realistic and realistic way. I was very impressed with the use of the footage of the prison and the way it was used in the film. The director did an excellent job of showing how the people were treated and how they were treated. The director used the footage of the prison to show how the people were treated and how they were treated. I think this was a very well done documentary and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in political and social issues.