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North Korea—The Shin Sang-Ok Story

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During the post-war “Golden Age” of South Korean cinema, Shin Sang-ok became known as the “Prince of Korean Cinema.”
 
Before being abducted by North Korean agents, he made socially and artistically daring films, including showing South Koreans their first on-screen kiss and portraying the struggle of Korean women against patriarchal traditions.  Many of his films starred his beautiful wife, Choi Un-Hee.
 
By the 1970s, he had directed over 60 films, and his production company had released hundreds.  But after he complained about censorship by South Korean's military government, his career was damaged. 
 
John Gorenfeld is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in many publications, including Salon, Wired and the Guardian in Britan.
 
Mr. Shin died last year at the age of 79.

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