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Under the Sun

HD   Unrated

Vitaly Mansky

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About the Movie

"My father says that Korea is the most beautiful country... Korea is the land of the rising sun," says eight-year-old schoolgirl Zin-mi. Despite continuous interference by government handlers, director Vitaly Mansky still managed to document life in Pyongyang, North Korea in this fascinating portrait of one girl and her parents in the year as she prepares to join the Korean Children's Union on the 'Day Of The Shining Star' (Kim Jong-Il's birthday). As the family receives instruction on how to be the ideal patriots, Mansky's watchful camera capture details from comrades struggling to stay awake during an official event to Zin-mi's tears at a particularly grueling dance lesson.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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93%
  • Reviews Counted: 28
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The movie raises disquieting questions, including a few that Mr. Mansky might not have meant to. – Glenn Kenny, New York Times, Jul 5, 2016

Fresh: An awkwardly revealing act of subversion that is arresting however you take it: as propaganda deconstructed, failed or turned into a tragicomedy whose most stinging indictments lie mostly in what remains unseen. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Jun 20, 2016

Fresh: "Under The Sun" also reminds us that, their dissimilar society notwithstanding, the North Koreans are not some alien race but people like us, trying to get by the best they can. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jul 14, 2016

Fresh: Under The Sun is a fascinating study in state propaganda and the darker truth that hovers just outside the frame. – Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter, Apr 27, 2016

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