Arirang Games from North Korea are especially fascinating and impressive in its scope, but also by extravagance, opulence and character rather mysterious aliens. Arirang Festival reminiscent of colorful demonstrations in stadiums, in honor of the Head of State, protests in which hundreds of people made of their bodies wearing the intricate choreographies different way. “Meet in Pyongyang”, the first film co-produced by China and North Korea, shows such an exhibition, especially recreated for the film by a huge group of 100,000 people.
The two neighboring Asian countries have also collaborated on another film in over 60 years of diplomatic relations. The novelty of this collaboration, and the subject, made the dancing drama film distributors to encourage interest in South Korea, Japan and Europe to market International Film Festival in Shanghai. The film leaves politics aside and put the focus on culture and especially traditional Korean dances.
Specific dance Arirang scene is eight minutes of dance performed by an impressive group of 100,000 people, dance made specifically for this film. “Buyers from around the world were interested to aflemai more about how people live in this country shrouded in mystery and a seemingly teeming with secrets”, said Lan Lixin, vice president of co-producing Henan Film THR.
“I discovered that not only people in North Korea love films, and Chinese dramas made for television are very popular here. It seems that our people prefer the same type of entertainment so I thought it would be better to make a film together”, said Li Shuihe, a veteran film producer in China, the Main Melody company specializing in movies propaganda. His films are a success at the International Festival in Pyongyang (North Korea’s capital), where he was invited five years consecutively since 2006.