South Korean director Jung Sung-san’s film, Ryanggang Children, portraying the lives of children in North Korea, is finally being released big-time.  The director finished filming in 2006, but it would be nearly six years before the film found a distributor. According to The Chosun Ilbo, a widely circulated newspaper, Jung “wanted to depict the reality in North Korea accurately through [a] cultural medium.” The director hoped his audience would come to see that, despite the poor and inhumane conditions that exist in North Korea, there is hope in the children. Jung, a North Korean defector, arrived in South Korea in 1995, and determined to continue his work “regardless of pressure and discouragement.”

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The Chosun Ilbo