The Daily Bork

April 26, 2005

Absoutely insane

Sometimes you are completely gob-smacked by the ludicrous, unchallenged crap that gets written in newspapers. Take this review of a film about North Korea...

United States President George W Bush famously called North Korea part of an "axis of evil," but director Daniel Gordon's film A State of Mind, currently touring New Zealand as part of the World Cinema Showcase, shows a different side of the country. He shows a mother cooking, children playing and families picnicking.

If people go about life cooking and with kids playing then the government simply can't be evil. Don't you see it is all made up by Bush? The families are picnicing for god's sake, how could the country be anything other than peaceful and fun loving? They probably fly kites too!

For Americans who see North Korea simply as a dictatorship and a possible nuclear threat a little normality may be shocking, Gordon said in New York, where the film had its North American premiere last week at the Tribeca Film Festival.

For Jews who see Nazi Germany simply as a dictatorship and a possible nuclear threat a little normality may be shocking.

No, I didn't think so.

In the capital Pyongyang, even well-off families deal with food rationing and the chance of daily blackouts.

So everyone is equally fucked, the great socialist ideal?

The collapse of the Soviet Union and Pyongyang's Communist allies in eastern Europe, natural disasters and bad harvests unleashed widespread famine from the mid-1990s that aid experts say killed more than 1 million people. North Korea also blames US economic sanctions for a time it refers to as the Arduous March.

Everything under the sun, including America of course, except gross mismanagement by megalomaniac lunatics running the place.

"They just see us as making honest films, and the films always remain non-judgmental," Gordon said in response to criticism about North Korea's motives in sanctioning the film.

Remaining non-judgemental is the utmost importance of course, because showing torture chambers, starving masses, death squads, an army poised to invade South Korea etc etc would not be balanced. See kite flying kids above.

Gordon said the government provided him with official guides and translators, but did not censor his work.

Potemkin anyone??? Does no one read history anymore???

The film also shows signs of capitalism emerging - Gordon said people were able to buy recordings of popular songs with titles such as Son of Bean Paste and Sea of Blood.

"Son of Bean Paste" ??? "Sea of Blood" ??? What the buggary-bollocks are they about? Written by the nephew of the beloved leader maybe? I'd be slightly more impressed by Brittney Spears. Hint to fuckwits: Being able to buy something doesn't show signs of capitalism.

Gordon said he hoped audiences could see beyond politics and make a connection with the North Korean people. "Strip away the politics, you have exactly the same people," he said.

Living under threat of starvation, torture and death. Everday of their lives. How on earth does it help to "strip away the politics"? No one considers the poor sods to be evil, it is the fricking government loons who are evil you morons!

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