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Kim Jong Il: Greatest. Filmmaker. Ever.

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Ahn Young-joon/AP

(Read caption) South Koreans watch a news reporting about the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on TV screens at the Yongsan Electronic shop in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 19. Kim Jong Il's death after 17 years as leader was announced Monday by state television two days after he died.

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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."

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