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Review: “The Spy Gone North” Is A Thrillingly Relevant Look at Korean Politics

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Making deals with North Korea? Check. Election interference? Check. "The Spy Gone North" offers a captivating, timely spy story.

The 15 Best Korean War Movies

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The best war movies from Korea about the Korean War, Vietnam War, and beyond — streaming links included.

Revisiting “Pulgasari”: North Korea’s Godzilla In The Time of Peace Talks

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North Korea made its own Godzilla — could it be a surprising metaphor for peace?

A Short History of North Korea’s Animation Industry

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North Korea makes lots of animations—including some you might’ve seen.

10 South Korean Dramas That Feature North Korea

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The news isn't the only place where you can see North-South Korea relations—these K-dramas will both entertain and inform you!

Top 10 Documentaries About North Korea

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The best North Korea documentaries, compiled by someone who's actually been there.

Review: Under the Sun (Russia/North Korea, 2015)

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Russian filmmaker Vitaly Manskiy's Under the Sun is perhaps the most philosophical and artistic documentary I've seen about North Korea.

Review: The Flower Girl (North Korea, 1972)

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When I traveled to North Korea last summer, I talked with one of my guides, Ms. Pak, about movies. A friend of mine had asked...

Review: Order Number 27 (North Korea, 1986)

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Despite my intense academic interest in North Korea, I actually haven’t fully dived into the country’s cinema yet. Yes, I’ve seen documentaries filmed in North...

Review: Meet in Pyongyang (North Korea/China, 2012)

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This North Korean-Chinese co-production is a fascinating piece of political theater.