February 25, 2003

North Korea: The Movie

Oh Great. Another Hot-shot Cowboy in High Places (if you count the 4" lifts).

Like Saddam Hussein, Kim is said to be a huge fan of "The Godfather," which explains much about his leadership style. But in other ways too, he seems to be living his life and running his country more along Hollywood plot lines than traditional ways of living and governing.

Take the way Kim set out to build a North Korean film industry. In 1978, rather than sending emissaries to study filmmaking in other countries, he simply arranged for the kidnapping of Choi Eun Hee, his favorite South Korean actress, and her husband, a noted movie director. They were taken to North Korea and held for eight years, ostensibly to teach him how to make movies. When Kim, who is extremely self-conscious about his stature -- he is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and wears 4-inch lifts -- met Choi, he reportedly used a line worthy of a Peter Lorre character: "Well, Madame Choi, what do you think of my physique? Small as a midget's droppings, aren't I?"

That last line begs for a comeback. Anyone?

Posted by fred1st at February 25, 2003 07:37 AM | TrackBack
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Being the same height as Kim (albeit, I probably have a good 20 lbs. on him), I'd have to say that's the proverbial 'big stick' that Teddy R. talked about. On the other hand, not being confined to the niceties of Teddy's age, I have a few suggestions for where Kim ought to store that very stick. And I'm more than glad to give him a hand.

Floyd, it was nice seeing you on my site. Come back again, and come often. Your mind is always welcome.

Posted by: Kate, The Venemous Bitch at February 27, 2003 03:53 AM

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