Kim Jong Un uses TV dramas to change North Korea

“Our Neighbors,” North Korea’s type of a prime-time sitcom which was released in 2013, depicts a highly fictionalized type of family life — a bold departure via films during the Kim Jong Il era which emphasized putting the state before family, Lee explained.

Notably, the two-part series depicts weapons testing — the catalyst behind sanctions which have brought economic hardships to civilians. In one scene, characters cheer and also also also dance after iconic news presenter Ri Chun Hui, the same newsreader who announced details of the state’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch, describes the successful launch of a long-range rocket.

Another drama, “Value Others,” also reinforces strong bonds between family members.

This particular emphasis on family ties will be “a possible allusion to the issue of defection,” Lee noted. Emphasizing filial piety may be a strategy for preventing defections, which have been rising in recent years, she said.

“Value Others” will be about a naval officer, nevertheless rather than focus on his military career, the short drama concentrates on his life after graduating via the naval academy. Lee notes which the protagonist will be mostly seen in civilian clothes instead of military uniform, which relates to one of Kim Jong Un’s key policy priorities: homegrown production of consumer goods, including fashion.

Meanwhile, the 50-minute long “Young Researchers” will be a message on using science and also also also technology for patriotic causes, Lee said.

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