Comrade Kim Yong Mi played by Han Jong Sim image 6 WEB
World Cinema

Comrade Kim Goes Flying

Year 2012
Runtime 81 mins
Language Korean
Subtitles English

It’s hard to keep your head out of the clouds when your feet are planted up in the air. Comrade Kim (Han Jong-sim), a young woman toiling away in a North Korean mine, dreams of becoming a celebrated trapeze artist. But her plans are threatened by Comrade Pak (Pak Chung-guk), Pyongyang Circus’ most famous star: Pak feels that a woman’s place is down below in the mine, and not high above in the circus tent. Is Kim’s tenacity enough to win the hearts of Pyongyang and Pak as well?

Comrade Kim Goes Flying challenges many of North Korea’s established film conventions. With assistance from Belgian and British co-producers, it marks one of the country’s first forays into Western-style romantic comedies.

Festivals
Toronto International Film Festival, 2012
Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2013
Director
Kim Gwang Hun, Nicholas Bonner, Anja Daelemans
Producer
Nicholas Bonner, Anja Daelemans, Ryom Mi-Hwa
Screenwriter
Sin Myong Sik and Kim Chol
Cinematographer
Hwang Jin Sok
Editor
Alain Dessauvage, Kim Yun Sim, Gao Bing, Ren Jia
Music
Ham Chol, Frederik Van de Moortel
Cast
Han Jong Sim, Pak Chung Guk, Ri Yong Ho