A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a by Paul Fischer

By Paul Fischer

Earlier than turning into the world's so much infamous dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's Ministry for Propaganda and its movie studios. Conceiving each motion picture made, he acted as manufacturer and screenwriter. regardless of this keep an eye on, he was once underwhelmed by way of the to be had expertise and took drastic steps, ordering the abduction of Choi Eun-Hee (Madam Choi)—South Korea's most renowned actress—and her ex-husband Shin Sang-Ok, the country's most famed filmmaker.Madam Choi vanished first. while Shin went to Hong Kong to enquire, he was once attacked and awakened wrapped in plastic sheeting aboard a boat sure for North Korea. Madam Choi lived in remoted luxurious, allowed purely to wait the precious Leader's dinner events. Shin, in the meantime, attempted to flee, was once despatched to felony camp, and "re-educated." After 4 years he cracked, pledging loyalty. Reunited with Choi on the first celebration he attends, it really is introduced that the couple will remarry and act because the expensive Leader's movie advisors. jointly they made seven motion pictures, within the strategy gaining Kim Jong-Il's belief. whereas pretending to investigate a movie in Vienna, they flee to the U.S. embassy and are swept to safety.A nonfiction mystery choked with rigidity, ardour, and politics, writer Paul Fischer's A Kim Jong-Il Production bargains a unprecedented glimpse right into a secretive international, illuminating a desirable bankruptcy of North Korea's heritage that is helping clarify the way it turned the hermetically sealed, intensely stage-managed nation it continues to be this present day.

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In a recent cover story for the Harvard Business Review, Blank discussed some of the changes taking place in the venture capital industry. Another important trend is the decentralization of access to financing. Venture capital used to be a tight club of formal firms clustered near Silicon Valley, Boston, and New York. In today’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, new super angel funds, smaller than the traditional hundred-milliondollar-sized VC fund, can make early-stage investments. Worldwide, hundreds of accelerators, like Y Combinator and TechStars, have begun to formalize seed investments.

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