The Hermit Kingdom, live: rictus grins, clinch-fisted salutes and chest-beating

“There are moments of near hilarity, as when Mr. Kim tours a collective farm populated with ostriches. Ostriches in North Korea? And yet there they are. There is literary content: static shots of the day’s newspapers, page by page. And children’s programming appears in the form of a cartoon in which a boy hero is captured by the Japanese, beaten severely and bound with a stick jammed in his mouth to prevent him from screaming for help.”

Posted March 27, 2001

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