There is a saying in Korean: Over
the mountains are mountains.
Essentially, one hardship
follows another. As proverbs go, it’s
not exactly plucky. But when it comes
to co-operating with a country like
North Korea, it’s most definitely apt.
This is why the movie Comrade Kim
Goes Flying is so remarkable. Not
only is it being released worldwide
– nearly unheard of for a film shot in
North Korea – but it is the very first
feature film made within the borders
of the infamous dictatorship with an
entirely local cast in co-production
with the west.