North Korean Defector Im Ji Hyun Did Not Return To The North On Her Own Will But Was Kidnapped

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North Korean defector Im Ji Hyun did not return to the North on her own will but was kidnapped?
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North Korean defector Im Ji Hyun did not return to the North on her own will but was kidnapped?

Im Ji Hyun (26) might not have returned to North Korea on her own will.

The North Korean defector, who has become a TV personality in South Korea, recently returned to the Northand appeared on a North Korean government-run propaganda website.

In the recorded interview shared on the propaganda clip, Im Ji Hyun talked aboutthe struggles she faced in the South and explained she always wanted to return to North Korea. She also emphasized thatit was her own will and choice to travel back to themotherland.

Defector to South Korea and Celebrity, Im Ji-hyun, Reappears on North Korean Broadcast
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Defector to South Korea and Celebrity, Im Ji-hyun, Reappears on North Korean Broadcast

The media is a dangerous playground for those choosing to enter its grasp. As fans of K-pop, we are familiar with how manipulative the media can be in influencing an objective point of view. Scandals are rampant in the news, and truths are often perverted out of shape. The idols we love to watch are often performing an ideal public image and we barely get to see their true selves.

Even with these supposedly frivolous entertainment news, we are faced with the complexities of media construction. When international politics gets thrown into the mix, we see how the world of entertainment and the media have far more puppeteers pulling the strings than are visible onscreen.

North Korean defector who became a celebrity in South Korea returns to North Korea
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North Korean defector who became a celebrity in South Korea returns to North Korea

According to an exclusive by Joongang Ilbo, on July 16, a former defector of North Korea appeared on a North Korean propaganda media called 'Our Nation'. This individual used to go by the name of Im Ji Hyun back in South Korea and was a celebrity, starring on a show called 'South and North Korean Women' (clip below). On the North Korean propaganda show, she is now referred to as Jeon Hye Sung. When she used to go by Im Ji Hyun back in South Korea, she introduced herself as someone who used to be in the People's Forces Command in North Korea. But also spoke about the things she and many had to do while in North Korea.

[Video] Upcoming Korean-French documentary
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[Video] Upcoming Korean-French documentary "Mrs. B. A North upcoming Korean Woman"

Added the upcoming Korean-French documentary "Mrs. B. A North upcoming Korean Woman"'s page to HanCinema database

"Mrs. B. A North upcoming Korean Woman" (2016)

"Mrs. B. A North upcoming Korean Woman" is a co-production between South Korea and France

10 years ago, Mrs. B left North Korea and went to China to make money. She was planning to work just one year and then go home but her broker sold her by force to someone in the countryside. A calm observation on a tragic life that cannot be protected.

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[Guest Film Review] "Mrs. B. A North Korean Woman"

Winner of the Best Film of the Documentary Competition in Moscow and Best International Documentary Film in Zurich Film, "Mrs B" is a very impressive documentary, shot in true guerilla style.

Jero Yun was conducting a research for North Korean refugees in China for his previous film, "Looking for North Koreans" and spent time with a network of smugglers working between North Korea, China, South Korea and the United States. That is where he met Mrs. B. (whose actual name is not mentioned in the film), who put him in contact with North Korean refugees living clandestinely in China, and eventually in her farm where she told him her story, thus becoming the focus of this film.