Summer Vacation in North Korea

(“Kita chosen no natsuyasumi”)
Director: REN Shujian

2005 Korean, Chinese, Japanese Subtitled in - Color Video 73 min

Editing: IMADA Satoshi
Operator: SHIMADA Shinji
  Contact Name: Record China
4F, Daisan Tsuyuki Bldg. 3-11-4 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-0013 JAPAN
Phone: 81-3-3985-9138
E-mail: renshujian@hotmail.com

[Festivals and prizes] Yamagata IDFF 2005, Akita Film Festival 2005

[Synopsis] In the summer of 2004, Ren Shujian entered North Korea via the Yanbian area as a Chinese tourist. During his overnight trip, he boldly took up the challenge of filming the current situation of North Korea and attempted to interact with many North Koreans, despite various restrictions. The three towns Hoeryong, Rason and Cheongjin are underdeveloped compared to Pyongyang but offer rich natural landscapes. This film succeeds in bringing out the true faces of ordinary citizens in these regions.

REN Shujian

Born in 1975 in Nanjing, China. Entered the literature department at Nanjing University in 1993, and won the university’s prize for literary fiction writing in 1997. Entered the Japan Academy of Moving Images in 2000, and won the school’s fourteenth annual Imamura Shohei prize. Now attending the doctoral course in cinema at Nihon University College of Art while making documentaries. His debut work Dandelion (2003) was invited to YIDFF 2003.

REN Shujian | Dandelion | Summer Vacation in North Korea