With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Sunday, June 19, 2016

THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT coming September 23rd, 2016

Magnolia Pictures
The Lovers & the Despot
Written and directed by Ross Adam and Robert Cannan
Featuring Choi Eun-hee and Shin Sang-ok
UK, 2016, 94 minutes

Magnolia Pictures will release The Lovers & the Despot in theatres, on VOD, iTunes and Amazon Video on September 23, 2016. The film tells the story of young, ambitious South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok and actress Choi Eun-hee, who met and fell in love in 1950s post-war Korea.

In the 70s, after reaching the top of Korean society following a string of successful films, Choi was kidnapped in Hong Kong by North Korean agents and taken to meet Kim Jong-il. While searching for Choi, Shin also was kidnapped, and following five years of imprisonment, the couple was reunited by the movie-obsessed Kim, who declared them his personal filmmakers.

Choi and Shin planned their escape, but not before producing 17 feature films for the dictator and gaining his trust in the process.

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