His role in leading the North Korean people to a perfect Worker's Paradise is well known (aside from a few unfortunate famines). But as film director, Kim Jong Il deserves a retrospective.
To his fans, Kim Jong Il was not merely the Dear Leader, the general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, not to mention the “father of the nation and lodestar of national reunification.” He was also the Greatest. Filmmaker. Ever.
Sure, the American capitalists have Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and the Farrelly Brothers. But what American director can say he produced a “revolutionary film” of “high ideological and artistic value, which makes an effective contribution to arming people fully with the Party's monolithic ideology and which imbues the whole of society with the great Juche idea."
(A note to aspiring revolutionary filmmakers in Hollywood: The Juche idea is defined as the “philosophical principle that man is the master of everything and decides everything.” Think of the heroic self-determination of Molly Ringwold in her “16 Candles” phase, meets the glorious masculinity of Tom Cruise in his “Top Gun” phase, meets Mao Zedong in his “Speech At The Ninth Plenum Of The Eighth CPC Central Committee” phase.)