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The 9th Life of Louis Drax

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2015
  • Alexandre Aja
  • 103 mins
  • PG

Summary

Documentary that recounts how one of South Korea's leading actresses and her director ex-husband were kidnapped and brought to North Korea under the orders of leader Kim Jong-il to revitalise his country's film industry.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Here's a true story as engrossing and unbelievable as the most far-fetched spy fiction. In 1978, acclaimed South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee was lured to Hong Kong with the promise of work, only to go missing. Her former husband, the director Shin Sang-ok, followed her trail and came to the same mysterious fate. It transpired that both had been abducted and taken to North Korea, where despotic leader Kim Jong-il had plans to use them to invigorate the country's flagging film industry. In this documentary by co-directors Robert Cannan and Ross Adam, Choi reveals what happened during her and Shin's time in captivity, her testimony borne out by the secret recordings she made of conversations with the normally reticent dictator - which prove a revelation in themselves. There is the odd glaring gap in how events are presented (Shin isn't around to speak for himself), but this story is a real one of a kind. And it takes on an even more fascinating dimension when it is revealed how the kidnapped couple were given complete control over their work in the communist North - something denied them in the democratic South - prompting the question, could they sacrifice professional success for personal freedom?

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Credits

Cast

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Dr Allan PascalJamie Dornan
Natalie DraxSarah Gadon
Louis DraxAiden Longworth
Peter DraxAaron Paul
Detective DaltonMolly Parker
Dr PerezOliver Platt
Dr JanekJulian Wadham
Violet DraxBarbara Hershey

Crew

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DirectorAlexandre Aja

Details

Theatrical distributor
Soda
Released on
2016-09-02
Languages
English | Korean | Japanese
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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