All monsters must die

Swedish title: Alla monster måste dö!

Category: General Non-Fiction / Narrative & General Non-Fiction

Pub date: 01-02-2011

All monsters must die

Magnus Bärtås, Fredrik Ekman

In 1978 agents from North Korea kidnapped the greatest star of South Korea, the actress Madame Choi, and her ex-husband, the famous film director Shun Sang Ok. After more or less having been kept in custody for five years , they are offered “a contract”. The conditions are that they re-marry, and that they in public declare that they have defected to North Korea of their own free will.

The contract includes a gigantic film budget with everything they could possibly wish for. Of course it’s an offer they can’t turn down. Two years later, after having directed and produced a number of movies in North Korea, the couple manages to escape and seek political asylum in the US.

The story of this couple is interwoven with the two authors’ bizarre group excursion to North Korea in 2009. It is a smart and shocking reportage-book offering an unusual attempt at understanding this isolated country.

“A both gruesome and humorous tale of freedom and the lack of freedom.” (Svenska Dagbladet)

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