This film enters the hermit kingdom of North Korea. A disused bridge at Panmunjom, a deserted village that straddles the tense border, symbolizes the division of the two Koreas.
Since the end of the Korean war in 1953, the armies of North and South Korea have eyed themselves nervously over the demilitarized zone between the two nations. With remarkable access to the North, the film investigates the Juche culture and the personality cult surrounding the Great leader, Kim Il Sung.
Sheridan Morley in the Times (5.12.90) described it as "an intriguing documentary" which shows that "ideology still makes a powerful frontier".
The reporter on this film was the late Brian Barron, photography by Eric Thirer.
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