Film Studios, Pyongyang, DPRK (North Korea)
Classic North Korean films have been made at the Korean Film Studio since it’s opening in 1947. 750,00 square metres of studio designated for film making. The two main focuses are the anti-Japanese struggle and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War (Korean War) but also historicdrama’s (often anti-Japanese) as well as stories of struggles in achieving the revolution and even romantic comedies with a socialist twist.

There are indoors studios but the most interesting are the exterior permanent sets consisting of a traditional Korean village and historic Korean buildings a 1930s Chinese street, a Japanese street, a Korean street before liberation, a south Korean street (complete with advertising for morally dubious products and services) and also a European village. Off the beaten path it is rumoured there is a railway station

Scenes from he 18 part series “Nameless Heroes” starring the US defectors (from the VMS/Koryo Tours production “Crossing the Line”) were shot at the film studio as were numerous North Korean classics such as “Flower Girl” and North Korea’s first film “ My Home Town”

POPULAR FILMS SHOT IN FILM STUDIOS:
Nation & Destiny (at the South Korea, Japan, European street sets)
Pyongyang Nalpharam (old Korea sets)
Nameless Heroes (South Korea sets)
Hong Kil Dong (Old Korea sets)

POPULAR FILMS MADE AT THE STUDIO BUT NOT SHOT ON THE OUTSIDE SETS
Diary of a Schoolgirl
Ask Yourself
Flower Girl

You can buy these from www.north-korea-books.com and see if you can match the scene with the film studio set.

If you need more information, don't hesitate to get in touch with Koryo Tours www.koryotours.com

by the way if you are coming on a trip to North Korea with Koryo Tours we will take you on a tour- sadly no access to the cinema at the moment- about 50 won a ticket. Our film www.comradekimgoesflying.com will be screening in cinema's across the country soon- look out for it at festivals near you.
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