February 21, 2024

Song’un Cinema: Love and militarism in N. Korean film

North Korean films extol the virtues of marrying as a duty to the state

Despite the fact that the DPRK has not been involved in war for about six decades, contemporary North Korean culture tends to present the past, present and future of the country as overwhelmingly militarised. 

A peculiar consequence of this militarisation of culture is the creation of an artificial quasi-war environment. North Korean narrators blur the historical timeframes of events, and mention only the most obscure details of defence operations.