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(Mirror.co.uk)   Let's take a stroll through the "Hermit Kingdom" of North Korea with this film crew that the Supreme Leader has ever so graciously allowed for us to see everyday the life of its citizens   ( mirror.co.uk) divider line
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2014-08-12 02:02:10 PM  
This video has only strengthened my suspicions that Kim Jong-Un is, in fact, the only fat person in North Korea.
 
2014-08-12 02:11:25 PM  
If you're interested, you should watch Crossing the Line - it's an interesting look at North Korea through the eyes of an American defector living there.
 
2014-08-12 03:17:20 PM  
FTFA

Mr Singh said: "Amazingly, we were given complete editorial control in the making of this piece.

and then

Nevertheless, they were subject to the same restrictions of all foreign tourists: no shots of construction sites, underdeveloped locations or anyone from the army.

i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2014-08-12 03:30:34 PM  
boring repeat of propaganda is boring
 
2014-08-12 03:54:04 PM  

cannotsuggestaname: FTFA

Mr Singh said: "Amazingly, we were given complete editorial control in the making of this piece.

and then

Nevertheless, they were subject to the same restrictions of all foreign tourists: no shots of construction sites, underdeveloped locations or anyone from the army.


It means they still weren't allowed to see the really bad things, but they could take all the pictures they wanted and write down anything about what they did see.
 
2014-08-12 03:56:20 PM  
If the delegation was met by representatives of the Lollypop Guild - I approve.
 
2014-08-12 03:59:16 PM  
THE everyday life

or every [SPACE] day the life

English, Motherfarker ...
 
2014-08-12 03:59:34 PM  
That was impressive.  Now I want to visit North Korea and tear up my American passport and get arrested.

I saw he wrote a letter begging to be freed the other day, but still no explanation for why he went there in the first place.

I'd rather be homeless and in prison in the US than free in North Korea.  Well, if I'm in prison I guess I wouldn't be homeless.

Also, DHL delivers to North Korea?   Good to know.
 
2014-08-12 03:59:36 PM  
Time-rapse plopaganda!
 
2014-08-12 03:59:40 PM  
Mmmmmmmmm.......nope.
 
2014-08-12 04:03:00 PM  
Pyongyang is where the political favorites live...in the country away from Pyongyang it is devastatingly poor
 
2014-08-12 04:05:10 PM  

cgraves67: cannotsuggestaname: FTFA

Mr Singh said: "Amazingly, we were given complete editorial control in the making of this piece.

and then

Nevertheless, they were subject to the same restrictions of all foreign tourists: no shots of construction sites, underdeveloped locations or anyone from the army.

It means they still weren't allowed to see the really bad things, but they could take all the pictures they wanted and write down anything about what they did see.


no, it says exactly the opposite of that
 
2014-08-12 04:05:13 PM  
cgraves67:

Nevertheless, they were subject to the same restrictions of all foreign tourists: no shots of construction sites, underdeveloped locations or anyone from the army.

It means they still weren't allowed to see the really bad things, but they could take all the pictures they wanted and write down anything about what they did see.


Why bother hiding it. North Koreans will never see this and people outside who are interested in seeing the film already know it's bad there.
 
2014-08-12 04:05:24 PM  
That settles it, doesn't look like a depressing place at all.

Not one hot suki in that whole video.

I am surprised they had a skate park.
 
2014-08-12 04:08:06 PM  

cannotsuggestaname: FTFA

Mr Singh said: "Amazingly, we were given complete editorial control in the making of this piece.

and then

Nevertheless, they were subject to the same restrictions of all foreign tourists: no shots of construction sites, underdeveloped locations or anyone from the army.

[i2.kym-cdn.com image 300x300]


EDITORIAL control.
N Korea didn't demand to edit the footage after it was shot to suit their purposes.
 
2014-08-12 04:10:34 PM  
Two shots from that film worth mentioning.  The first, at the bottom of the escalator in the subway, the look of shock from the commuters as they come off the escalator juxtaposed with the shot of the security guard with the lock of apprehension that he's obviously been ordered to not interfere with the filming is interesting.

The second, the shot taken at the roller park.  The look of joy on the face of the young girl quickly changing over to shock and embarassment that someone was being allowed to do something she had ever seen before was likewise interesting.
 
2014-08-12 04:14:29 PM  
From the number of high rise buildings I assume the area is fairly densely populated, so what struck me was the surprising lack of road traffic.

What was not surprising was that ordinary people get on with their lives and do the same stuff as they do elsewhere.
 
2014-08-12 04:16:07 PM  
Well, it's the capital, where the elites, the haves, and educated people live. It really doesn't take that much money to build and decorate nice places if you have plenty of cheap workforce. I bet even "deep" North Korea have nice, clean, decorated places. You don't have to be rich to, say, plant some flowers.
 
2014-08-12 04:16:25 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: EDITORIAL control.
N Korea didn't demand to edit the footage after it was shot to suit their purposes.


An empty gesture when you've restricted what they can film.
'You guys can edit and show the film without us looking over your shoulder!... except no filming the poor people.  Or leaving the capital city.  Or anything else negative or bad.'

It's like getting permission to make a Rob Ford documentary, but you aren't allowed to show him snorting cocaine, swearing, or doing anything bad.

Also, this book:   http://www.amazon.com/Escape-Camp-14-Remarkable-Odyssey-ebook/dp/B005 G SZZ1A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407874410&sr=8-1&keywords=escape+from+ca mp+14+one+man%27s+remarkable+odyssey+from+north+korea+to+freedom+inthe +west
 
2014-08-12 04:16:48 PM  

namatad: boring repeat of propaganda is boring


This.
 
2014-08-12 04:17:55 PM  
Rev. Skarekroe:
N Korea didn't demand to edit the footage after it was shot to suit their purposes.

And if you believe that I got a bridge to sell ya.
 
2014-08-12 04:18:01 PM  
One day a general that is well connected enough, one with enough clout to see the outside world, will say fark it an over throw the government.  It will not be pretty when the wraps are taken off N. Korea.
 
2014-08-12 04:18:25 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: If you're interested, you should watch Crossing the Line - it's an interesting look at North Korea through the eyes of an American defector living there.


img2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-08-12 04:20:05 PM  
His face is so very, very punchable.
 
2014-08-12 04:20:25 PM  
Ooooh, Hi, Hanz Brix!

img.fark.net
 
2014-08-12 04:21:27 PM  

jamspoon: From the number of high rise buildings I assume the area is fairly densely populated, so what struck me was the surprising lack of road traffic.

What was not surprising was that ordinary people get on with their lives and do the same stuff as they do elsewhere.


Not much pedestrian traffic either, I have a hunch that the areas they filmed were heavily sanitized
 
2014-08-12 04:21:50 PM  
Do you wanna die.
Do you wanna die.
DO YOU WANNA DIE.
 
2014-08-12 04:22:45 PM  
Something of note is that there seemed to be a lack of talking (or much mouth movement) whether in real time or 20x speed. About the only talking I see is from the kids at the skate park.
 
2014-08-12 04:23:13 PM  
Yeah, anything sanctioned by the NK govt is by definition bullshiat.

I'm guessing this is more realistic:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/secret-state-of-north-korea/
 
2014-08-12 04:27:26 PM  
North Koreans look just like people! Why they didn't look like insects at all!
 
2014-08-12 04:28:40 PM  

jamspoon: From the number of high rise buildings I assume the area is fairly densely populated, so what struck me was the surprising lack of road traffic.


Private citizens are forbidden from owning a car. Also, there are strange regulations like "you can't drive a car alone without special permit, you need passengers" and so on.

Generally, a car is a symbol of highest status possible, and the elites of North Korea like it that way.

For ordinary (but rich) citizens there is public transport OR having a car, which is formally owned by some of their friends-officials. There are, by the way, locally-made cars - cars copied by local masters - but they are of terrible quality. Cars can't be bought from abroad, but may be sent as "gifts", and so they often are. There are even car salesmen in North Korea, although they always walk a thin line. :)
 
2014-08-12 04:30:20 PM  

Prey4reign: Two shots from that film worth mentioning.  The first, at the bottom of the escalator in the subway, the look of shock from the commuters as they come off the escalator juxtaposed with the shot of the security guard with the lock of apprehension that he's obviously been ordered to not interfere with the filming is interesting.

The second, the shot taken at the roller park.  The look of joy on the face of the young girl quickly changing over to shock and embarassment that someone was being allowed to do something she had ever seen before was likewise interesting.


you left out the complete lack of cars in a capital city
probably the only capital in the world not filled with cars
 
2014-08-12 04:33:44 PM  

CruJones: Not much pedestrian traffic either, I have a hunch that the areas they filmed were heavily sanitized


No, not really. People working there (there is a noticeable number of people of different countries working and living in North Korea) say the streets are always empty like that. People, apparently, just doesn't have anywhere much to go, and they don't really like empty spaces. The real "life" of North Korea is, for some unfathomable reason, under the bridges - there are usually plenty of people under the bridges, selling something, discussing, just gathering there, for some reason - based on the words of travellers and those working there.
 
2014-08-12 04:35:34 PM  

namatad: Prey4reign: Two shots from that film worth mentioning.  The first, at the bottom of the escalator in the subway, the look of shock from the commuters as they come off the escalator juxtaposed with the shot of the security guard with the lock of apprehension that he's obviously been ordered to not interfere with the filming is interesting.

The second, the shot taken at the roller park.  The look of joy on the face of the young girl quickly changing over to shock and embarassment that someone was being allowed to do something she had ever seen before was likewise interesting.

you left out the complete lack of cars in a capital city
probably the only capital in the world not filled with cars


That might be about the only thing the Best Koreans have gotten right.
 
2014-08-12 04:36:16 PM  
I'll let you guys have unrestricted access to film my house. As long as you only film my front door and entertainment center.

/Whatever you do, don't go into the bedroom or the basement.
 
2014-08-12 04:37:41 PM  

probesport: Do you wanna die.
Do you wanna die.
DO YOU WANNA DIE.


wrong kingdom
 
2014-08-12 04:41:16 PM  
Also, locals always look shocked when they see a white person. A "typical reaction" from one of travelers in North Korea:  www.tema.ru
 
2014-08-12 04:42:07 PM  
Generally, North Korea today is like travelling by time machine into USSR of exactly 1950. :)
 
2014-08-12 04:44:01 PM  
Yeah that will be fun. I'm sure you will have a tour guide that will be waiting for you at your hotel room door whenever you leave. I wonder how noisy the city is with the lack of cars?
 
2014-08-12 04:44:19 PM  

Grahor: CruJones: Not much pedestrian traffic either, I have a hunch that the areas they filmed were heavily sanitized

No, not really. People working there (there is a noticeable number of people of different countries working and living in North Korea) say the streets are always empty like that. People, apparently, just doesn't have anywhere much to go, and they don't really like empty spaces. The real "life" of North Korea is, for some unfathomable reason, under the bridges - there are usually plenty of people under the bridges, selling something, discussing, just gathering there, for some reason - based on the words of travellers and those working there.


That was what struck me about the film -- even with all the fancy editing, it was clear that there just weren't a whole lot of people around, which seemed bizarre and creepy considering it's their capital city.

Seeing the shots of the subway made me miss visiting Moscow. Not that going there is probably the smartest idea either right now.
 
2014-08-12 04:55:54 PM  
Upside : Isn't marijuana basically legal there?
Downside : But what a cruel place to have the munchies...
 
2014-08-12 04:55:56 PM  

groppet: Yeah that will be fun. I'm sure you will have a tour guide that will be waiting for you at your hotel room door whenever you leave. I wonder how noisy the city is with the lack of cars?


You are not allowed to leave the hotel without a guide at all, and you are not choosing where to go. You are not allowed to enter shops for locals, only shops for tourists. You are not allowed to walk where guide doesn't want you to go. If you are going to push your luck and try to outrun your guide (since the guide is, like all locals, rather short) you'll discover that you are also accompanied by a guy on a bike, who will be terribly sorry, but will not let you go further.

Not much noise, though. :)
 
2014-08-12 04:59:49 PM  
That place lacks seoul
 
2014-08-12 05:00:30 PM  
But city branding specialist JT Singh along with time lapse film-maker Rob Whitworth were allowed in to create 'Enter Pyongpang'

img.fark.net
 
2014-08-12 05:01:54 PM  

RenownedCurator: Seeing the shots of the subway made me miss visiting Moscow. Not that going there is probably the smartest idea either right now.


On a personal level, absolutely nothing has changed in Moscow of Russia for foreigners. Not that I'm arguing for you visiting - I myself have carefully driven around Ukraine, rather than enter there, a couple of months earlier, just in case, you know - but there is no hostility towards actual people from USA or Europe in Russia, and especially in Moscow.

Actually the only part of Moscow I've liked myself is the subway. :) I kind of relax there. I don't like the rest of Moscow. Noisy, dusty, always way to busy and yet slow, horrible traffic jams everywhere and so on. There are some nice parks (or at least were some nice parks) in Moscow and around, but you can't have privacy there. *sigh* And without privacy, what's the point of being young?..
 
2014-08-12 05:02:09 PM  
It must be lovely to be a high ranking party official. Commute times on those empty roads must be wonderful.
 
2014-08-12 05:07:53 PM  

Grahor: RenownedCurator: Seeing the shots of the subway made me miss visiting Moscow. Not that going there is probably the smartest idea either right now.

On a personal level, absolutely nothing has changed in Moscow of Russia for foreigners. Not that I'm arguing for you visiting - I myself have carefully driven around Ukraine, rather than enter there, a couple of months earlier, just in case, you know - but there is no hostility towards actual people from USA or Europe in Russia, and especially in Moscow.

Actually the only part of Moscow I've liked myself is the subway. :) I kind of relax there. I don't like the rest of Moscow. Noisy, dusty, always way to busy and yet slow, horrible traffic jams everywhere and so on. There are some nice parks (or at least were some nice parks) in Moscow and around, but you can't have privacy there. *sigh* And without privacy, what's the point of being young?..


That's nice to know. I haven't been back for ten years now (planned a trip a few years ago and it fell through for a bunch of reasons) but wanted to go next summer for a while. We'll see ...
 
2014-08-12 05:17:51 PM  
Well they were restricted to Pyongpang.
 
2014-08-12 05:19:13 PM  

groppet: Yeah that will be fun. I'm sure you will have a tour guide that will be waiting for you at your hotel room door whenever you leave. I wonder how noisy the city is with the lack of cars?


A chap I know visited North Korea as a tourist last year. He was allowed to travel, unaccompanied, anywhere he wanted, including taking train trips around the country.
 
2014-08-12 05:19:46 PM  
img.fark.net

"This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we'll be rucky to rive through it."
 
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