Pyongyang Film Studios

Film Studio Pyongyang, North Korea

Hanging out next to a South Korean brothel on ’60s street at the Pyongyang Film Studios.

From the Lonely Planet online guide – Some 20 films a year are still churned out by the county’s main film studios located in the suburbs of Pyongyang. Kim Il Sung visited the complex around 20 times during his lifetime to provide invaluable on-the-spot guidance, while Kim Jr has been more than 600 times, such is his passionate interest in films. Like all things North Korean, the two main focuses are the anti-Japanese struggle and the anti-American war.

The main complex is a huge, propaganda-filled suite of office buildings where apparently post-production goes on, even though it feels eerily empty. A short uphill drive takes you to the large sets, however, which are far more fun. Here you’ll find a generic ancient Korean town for historic films (you can even dress up as a king or queen and be photographed sitting on a ‘throne’ carpeted in leopard skin), a 1930s Chinese street, a Japanese street, a south Korean street (look for the massage signs that illustrate their compatriots’ moral laxity) and a fairly bizarre range of structures from a collection of ‘European’ buildings. Some groups have been lucky and seen films being made during their visit, although usually it’s hauntingly empty.

More pics from the Pyongyang Film Studio linked below.

Pyongyang Film Studio

The Pyongyang Film Studio’s Kim Il-sung statue.

Pyongyang Film Studio

Propaganda mosaic at the Pyongyang Film Studios.

Pyongyang Film Studio

Propaganda mosaic at the Pyongyang Film Studios.

Pyongyang Film Studio

Dressing up in ancient Korea town.

Pyongyang Film Studio

Dressing up in ancient Korea town.

Pyongyang Film Studio

Dressing up in ancient Korea town.

Pyongyang Film Studio

Dressing up in ancient Korea town.

Pyongyang Film Studio

Dressing up in ancient Korea town.

Pyongyang Film Studio

Dressing up in ancient Korea town.

Pyongyang Film Studio

’30s Chinese street.

Pyongyang Film Studio

Japanese street.

Pyongyang Film Studio

Japanese street.

Pyongyang Film Studio

Japanese street.

Pyongyang Film Studio

’60s Korea town.

Pyongyang Film Studio

’60s Korea town.

Pyongyang Film Studio

’60s Korea town.

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3 responses

  1. Reblogged this on RD Revilo.

    November 24, 2012 at 4:59 am

  2. Now this is interesting – a completely different side to N. Korea! Great pictures and post!

    November 24, 2012 at 5:11 am

  3. Yury

    Ben Stiller? )

    November 24, 2012 at 10:23 am

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