April 14, 2024

Newest North Korean film mimics South’s violent cinema, to disastrous results

‘A Day and a Night’ attempts to distract youth from foreign films, but in the process undermines its propaganda message

North Korean state television kicked off 2024 by airing the country’s first new film in half a decade, but even for DPRK audiences, it hardly seems that this derivative work of propaganda was worth the wait.

“A Day and a Night” (하루낮 하루밤) tells the supposedly true story of a nurse named Ra Myong Ju who uncovers and foils a plot to sabotage a steel complex and kill the country’s premier in 1958.

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