The Lovers and the Despot informs the story of young, enthusiastic South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok and actress Choi Eun-hee, who met and fell in love in 1950s post-war Korea. In the 70s, after arriving of Korean society following a string of effective films, Choi was abducted in Hong Kong by North Korean agents and taken to satisfy Kim Jong-il. While looking for Choi, Shin likewise was abducted, and following five years of imprisonment, the couple was reunited by the movie-obsessed Kim, who declared them his personal filmmakers. Choi and Shin planned their escape, but not prior to producing 17 function films for the totalitarian and gaining his rely on the procedure.
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