A propaganda documentary film about Kim Jong Eun’s mother was recently leaked before it was due for release. The 90-minute film, ‘The Mother of Great Military-first Chosun’, is about Koh Young Hee and her role as de-facto first lady.
A source reported to Daily NK late last week, “The Central Party distributed the 2011 documentary film idolizing Koh Young Hui to cadres for evaluation prior to general distribution. However, somewhere the cadres leaked it and now it is spreading.”
“A few cadres from the Lectures Division of the Central Party Propaganda and Agitation Department led the making of the film. The Department distributed the documentary to cadres, and then intended to release it to the people so as to manipulate public opinion.”
“The documentary getting distributed even before the people know how Koh Young Hui looks could cause a problem, so the authorities are racing to get it back,” the source explained.
“The authorities are taking back the documentary film to cover up the fact that Koh Young Hee is a Japanese-Korean,” a second source explained. “Since the beginning of the Kim Jong Eun era the authorities have been planning to produce a documentary idolizing Koh Young Hee, but have been worried that the people might work out that she is from Japan, so they produced the documentary under a different name.”
According to information received by ‘Rescue the North Korean People! Urgent Action Network’ (RENK), the video introduces a women appearing to be Kim Jong Eun’s mother, ‘Ri Eun Shil’. Following the inside information reported by the Daily NK source, images said to be from the film were released by Japan's Mainichi Shimbun on the 10th (see below).
According to Mainichi Shimbun, which released images of what it says is the film on Sunday, “The Mother of Great Military-first Chosun” details of the life Koh Young Hui, late mother of the current North Korean leader Kim Jung Eun.
Born in Osaka, Japan, immigrating with her parents at age 8 in the 1960s to North Korea, Koh Young Hui met Kim Jong Il while she was working as a dancer with Mansudae Art Troupe in the early 1970s, apparently enthralling the General with her grace and beauty. Although married at the time, Kim was eager to take her as a mistress. Koh was thought to be Kim Jong Il’s favorite consort, and she ultimately mothered three of his children.
As a Japanese-born ethnic Korean, Koh was of low social status and therefore her origins have always been a topic studiously avoided by the regime. However, she has been occasionally glorified by the North Korean media as a “respected mother” and the “mother of Korea,” receiving particularly positive attention during a propaganda campaign during the early 2000s.
In the video, Koh is again described with the upmost veneration. It focuses on 1980s and 90s clips of her dutifully attending to her children, primarily Kim Jong Eun, and partner, Kim Jong Il, as a narrator describes her character. He claims her to have been unsurpassable in her loyalty; Kim Jong Il’s “most precious revolutionary comrade sent from heaven.”
This video appears to represent an attempt to endear the new leader, Kim Jung Eun, to his people by promoting him as the son of a saintly loyalist, and to reinforce the notion of the Mt. Baekdu bloodline that is used as primary justification for the hereditary succession of power in the country.
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