Kim Jong-un: The Unauthorized Biography

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Kim Jong Un: The Unauthorized Biography

What do we really know about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un? We may glimpse flattering images from his own self-produced propaganda, and we may be aware of the villainous lore which has mushroomed around his identity in the West, but very few hard facts have been made available about his upbringing and the events that may have shaped his worldview. Kim Jong-un: The Unauthorized Biography seeks to fill in those gaps. It's a fascinating portrait that manages to demystify this important and enigmatic figure.

The youngest son of former leader Kim Jong-il, he received his formative education in Switzerland. His classmates and teachers - some of whom are interviewed in the film - recall him as a perfectly pleasant, yet sometimes rowdy student with a keen interest in basketball and video games.

He was ill-prepared to inherit his father's mantle of power. But upon his father's death in 2011, that's exactly where he found himself, and his ascent quickly placed him on the international stage. He was just 26 years of age. His first actions were viewed by many as a barbaric slap against tradition as he executed his father's closest advisor, and terminated many additional members of the old guard. He recruited only those who stood unquestioning and unfailing in their loyalty to him.

The film's tone becomes increasingly foreboding when portraying his attempts to escalate his country's military might. He quickly doubled down on his father's quest to become a nuclear power, enhanced recruitment and training of North Korean soldiers, and successfully implemented a series of damaging cyber-attacks upon his enemies.

In spite of these extreme courses of action, many of the dictator's countrymen view him as a deity. Could this be the result of a brainwashed population taken in by a carefully constructed propaganda machine? The United States intelligence officials who are interviewed in the film seem to think so.

Featuring candid interviews from those with first-hand knowledge, and a wealth of footage that proves revealing for what it doesn't show, Kim Jong-un: The Unauthorized Biography is a must-see for those who wish to learn more about the elusive leader who towers over this perilous region of the world.

Directed by: Anthony Dufour

11 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Charlie B

    Trying to use the WMD scare tactic again. There is only one country who has ever used nukes on civilians and they are trying to be in control of who has nukes? Silly ass people.

  2. squito

    The dude is not "idolized"- "Worshipped as a god"- "Magnetically drawn to"... And I'm not certain the No. Korean citizenry is generally brainwashed. Not completely. I am convinced they absolutely terrified. They dare not show the same insane and fake 'idolatry' of this kid. Lest they be executed in some gruesome fashion. No one is immune or safe from his murderous whims. No one is safe from being reported by another desperate, fellow citizen. The people know this and will comply to stay alive. Simple as that. (left same comment on YouTube)

  3. GunnarInLA

    ...so I don't think I'll watch this one – based on my pre-judgement that it most likely is malicious American propaganda...I might change my mind, but there's so much to watch...
    It's interesting though, that now and then US State Controlled Television has shown "documentary" efforts by propagandistic US crews and in spite of all the talk about "starvation" and other horrors, these efforts have always fallen flat! – ...why..? If it's SO bad, they couldn't find even a trace of "starvation"...? – Instead they have shown us people living pretty well – much, much better than a lot of Americans...
    But also, we have been shown an "ordinary" north Korean having an "exchange" with a north Korean police person – and that was hugely illuminating – this person (a woman) was "giving it" to the Korean cop in a way that no US person would ever dare do....! – ..not too fear stricken...and the "cop" (in North Korea we learn that "cops" and the military are essentially the same) backed off...!
    Today, Americans can be told anything by their "government" and it will be believed and the "citizenry" will not tolerate "disrespect" of the State! – ..and that's how you know you have a bona fide totalitarian society....

  4. Rick Rosa

    There's scant documentarian G2 on Kim Jong-un. This one's the best I've viewed. A well-crafted, drill-down look at this intriguing fellow. One of many fascinating aspects of this recent doc: The juxtaposition of current-leader grandson to nation-founder grandfather. If you're interested in one of our world's ongoing melodramas, it's a must-see.

  5. Roger Andout

    As best I could judge, an unbiased account and not too shabby at all.

  6. sonny corbi

    bravo well done !

  7. Fk_censorship

    Interesting documentary, although it goes a bit too quickly over Kim's life in Switzerland. I would have liked to hear more about that part of his life. Interesting synopsis.

  8. Fk_censorship

    On a different note, I don't know why people like GunnarInLA exist, to pollute comment boards with their drivel, without having the decency to watch the documentary on which they are commenting! Ridiculous.

  9. Larry

    North Korea needs to allow freedom, such as freedom of the press, allow Christianity, allow free enterprise,this would be better for the North Korean people!.

  10. Larry

    North Korea needs to allow freedoms, such as freedom of the press, allow Christianity into the country, free enterprise and democracy this would be better for the North Korean people!.

  11. Mark Gaboury

    High marks for the producer. He did what he could with the little that he had.

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