Shin Sang Ok, a South Korean film filmmaker, was kidnapped by Kim Jong Il in 1978 and brought to North Korea to help establish a well known and critically acclaimed film industry which would gather worldwide attention. After an attempt to escape the country and a stint in a North Korean prison, Shin was later released and directed seven films with Kim Jong Il appearing as the executive producer on these films. The best known of Shin’s films is Pulgasari, which many consider a North Korean rendition of Godzilla.
Eight years after being kidnapped, Shin managed to escape while in Vienna on a film festival. He later lived in the USA and South Korea where he eventually passed away in 2006 at the age of 79.
We decided to co-present Pulgasari alongside the Monsters and Martians Film Festival at The Projection Booth on Friday January 18th at 9:00pm to bring awareness of Shin Sang Ok and his story as well as the countless other individuals who have been abducted by the North Korean regime over the years.
Tickets and information available here: