North Korea released its first feature film in five years yesterday. Titled “A Day and a Night,” the movie is about a heroine who uncovers a plot to overthrow the government.
The movie was produced by Korean April 25 Film Studio, whose name references the day that the Korean People’s Army was founded and is known for producing military-themed films.
In the film, an army nurse “[exposes] plots by anti-party, counter-revolutionary factionalists, despite threats to her life,” according to state media.
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The nurse appears to have a remarkable resemblance to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s wife, Ri Sol-ju, who is described as having a pretty, round face with smiling eyes and hair kept in a simple do, with a soft curl at the bottom.
In the trailer, the heroine is dressed mostly in a simple black and white dress but is also shown wearing the traditional Korean hanbok dress in multiple segments. Happy nature scenes, in which the protagonist is seen dancing or laughing in her hanbok, are contrasted with dark, military scenes, depicting the government traitors. The background characters are also shown as happy and hardworking, all with smiles on their faces, as they interact with the main lead in the town she lives in.
According to the Korean Central News agency, the state news agency of North Korea, the film supposedly “explains in detail the idea that it is a sacred duty and obligation of citizens to defend their leader, at the risk of their lives, and safeguard their system.”
The film also marks the 10-year anniversary of the country’s rule by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who came into power at the end of 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il.