Kim Jong-Il : Kim The Kindle Edition - Kim The Bobblehead
In this 'Biography Channel Special', we get to find out about the one time head-honcho of
As per usual, this narrator driven documentary is complemented with archival footage, stock photography, as well as one on one pre-recorded interviews with people who knew of this man's life. For example, there's the Former CIA Director: Bruce Klingner. The Noted Physiatrist: Jerrold Post: An Editor on a Korean Newspaper: Song Kwang Joo. Three-Ex Korean Refugees: Seo Jae-Pyong, Lee Ae Ran, and Lee Young. Kim's Japanese Cook: Kenji Kujimoto. Two Performers: Choi Eun Hee and Shun Young Hee. Plus numerous Advisors, including: Marcus Nolan, Selig Harrison, Michael Mazlan, Masao Okanogi, Donald Gregg, Cheong Seong Chang, and Andrew Lankov.
What now follows is a basic breakdown of how this program plays out:
was Kim Il-sung? He was Kim Jong-il's
revolutionary father, who founded the state of
North Korea, and was perceived by his people as being like a God amongst men.
- Was Kim anything like him at all? Nah! Not really. And this was one the main reasons why his true origins were fabricated in the press. Making Kim appear like some sort of 'academic wunderkind' who would one day follow in his proud fathers footsteps.
- What about the rest of his family then? Unfortunately, both Kim's Mother and younger brother died under very mysterious circumstances. So... errr... no comment.
- What did Kim do after his education? Being a pretty mean film-fan, Kim took it upon himself to direct movies that would promote his fathers country. Going so far as to kidnap actors to star in his productions.
- What? Seriously? Yeah. Straight up. Furthermore, he was a bit of a ladies man who had his own personal harem, a taste for expensive cognac, plus a personal life that was rather chequered to say the least.
- Care of explain? No. Not particularly. But let's just say that he had many affairs, many mistresses, many children, and only one wife.
- What happened in 1994? Kim's pappy passed away, paving the way for him to rise to supreme power.
- Oh! Was he any good? Well, on the one hand he embraced capitalism. Whilst, on the other hand, his people faced a famine. So... again... no comment.
enough. So what chances were there of a unified
Koreaunder Kim's reign? Now things started to look promising when Clintonwas in the White House, however, once Bush took his place... no... I'm afraid any chance of peace flew out the window.
- Damn! Why was that then? Simply put, old 'W' didn't like Kim and his communist leanings, and this prompted Mister Korea to order his gigantic army to stock-pile and develop a grand nuclear capability.
And on that note, folks, let's me just say 'May the folly of the father not fall too hard upon the sins of the son'. Hint-Hint!
Like many of my generation, I'm sure that some of you out there looked upon Kim Jong-il as being like the puppet who played him in the Trey Parker and Matt Stone comedy, 'Team America'. You know what I mean by this, don't you folks? Him being some sort of pug-faced little brat that kept on fighting whoever crossed his path for the sake of ego and larks.
Biography', Kim reminds me of someone who was spoilt as a child, pampered through his adolescence, and then forced into a position of power because that's what his father wanted him to become.
Listen. Just try and put yourself in Kim's shoes for a moment. You're a star. A really-really big star. And your Daddy dearest is seen as a God by your fellow countrymen. Furthermore, your mother pegged it when you were a brat, it's quite possible you killed your own brother as a kid, and then, after fulfilling all of your fantasies prior to reaching your prime, your papa kicks the bucket and you've got to now take his rightful place.
Well, come on. How would you behave if you were brought up in this environment? All God-like and devout like Mahatma Gandhi perhaps? Ha! Don't make me laugh! Course you'd be a bit of an egotistical maniac with more clout than common sense. It only stands to reason, doesn't it?
Now before I bugger off to God knows were, let me just say that this episode of 'Biography' was a pretty good one to watch. The roll-call all seemed to know what they were talking about. The presentation was up to its normal high-standards. And the subject matter was so engrossing to sit through, a part of me wants to sing like a madman.
What do you say to that Kimmy? Sound like a plan?
Ha! Nuff said.
THE RATING: B+