Koryo Tours' 'A
State of Mind'
and the Mass Games

From the Archives // Hooray for Chollywood! // A Koryo Tours films on North Korea's Arirang Mass Games. VeryMuchSo Production and Koryo Tours in conjuction with Passion Pictures, BBC4 and ARTE

A State of Mind

VeryMuchSo Production and Koryo Tours in conjunction with Passion Pictures, BBC4 and ARTE. Dan Gordon (Director/Producer) Nicholas Bonner (Associate Producer).

'A State of Mind' is an observational documentary film following two North Korean schoolgirls and their families in the lead up to the Mass Games - the biggest and most elaborate human performance on earth. The film was broadcast on BBC4 and ARTE in June 2004.

You have to understand, no one has ever been allowed to see, let alone film, what you are witnessing.

— -North Korean advisor to film crew

The footage of the games is magnificent but it is the insight into Korean lives that is breathtaking. A beautiful film.

— -Sunday Times

Coolly observed and well filmed, it builds into a thought provoking picture of that bizarre nation, and culminates in an extraordinary finale…deserves to win awards.

— -The Radio Times

See below for the film trailer:

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Further reading:
- North Korea Mass Games Short History
- Mass Games in North Korea 2018
- Arirang Mass Games North Korea 2002-2013
- 2018 Mass Games FAQs
- Koryo Tours & North Korea Mass Games
- 'My First Mass Games 2002'

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