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The Vice Guide to North Korea:Part 1

Part 1
20:51 | 2008

Categories: Documentary, History, Shorts

After a year and half of trying to get into North Korea, Vice founder Shane Smith, decided to try to get a view from South Korea. His experience pushes him to try harder, and eventually he is able to witness to the craziness of the hermit nation - from the other side. Crazy is actually kind of an understatement in THE VICE GUIDE TO NORTH KOREA.


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loesje
l********m
April 18, 2015
A
Crazy. It is good for the West to look toward NKorea and understand...Freedom is taken for granted by the west...It really never is free.
Layla Brown
l********m
March 31, 2014
A
Benjamin Mayer
r********m
January 30, 2014
A-
Tamara PM
p********m
November 25, 2013
A-
debra sparks
d********m
November 25, 2013
B+
Jo S
c********m
November 16, 2013
A
Brian G
9********m
November 10, 2013
A+
Andrew Paxton
p********m
September 4, 2013
A
Adam Koppes
a********m
August 12, 2013
A+
Louis Sherwood
L********t
June 16, 2013
A
James
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June 10, 2013
A+
James Hendershot
4********g
August 16, 2012
This is a good video of a common guided tour in North Korea. Enjoy!
Tim Upham
u********m
July 8, 2012
The problem is that South Korea would never be able to economically absorb North Korea. South Korea was just recently declared a developed nation by the International Monetary Fund, and North Korea is so impoverished. Recent satellite photos of the Earth taken at night, showed that in northeastern Asia, everywhere showed lights on, but in North Korea it was dark. North Korea may have artillery that can demolish Seoul, but Pyongyang cannot even keep itself lighted and heated.
Jeremy Iverson
p********m
January 17, 2013
NK will have power and resources when the dictatorship is gone and freedom finally arrives for those poor people
Jeff Kamen
1********g
July 8, 2012
Great fun! Wish I had been part of the crew!
Alexander Besher
1********g
April 7, 2012
The positive about this film is that it is great to learn about the process of trying to get into North Korea & seeing the DeMilitarized Zone (DMZ) & Checkpoint Charlie & the concrete slab delineating the border of South Korea & the beginning of North Korea, etc. That is educational - & in that regard, it's great that someone has an interest in bringing the subject of North Korea to Americans & the world. The horrible problem with this film, though, is the flippant attitude of the guy in front of the camera & the romper-room music during the film that is horribly out of place. Interacting with people who could be on their way to torture &/or death after interacting with you makes making fun of them - or even seeming to - horribly out of place, ignorant, & immature. That being said, all of life is a learning experience - which one of us has nothing in his or her life that s/he looks back at & is sorry s/he did or said in the way that s/he did? Hopefully these film-makers mature & become wiser in this regard.
Jeremy Iverson
p********m
January 17, 2013
Perhaps, but playing the diplomat for the regimes sake is not what free people do. They need that message too.
Alexander Besher
1********g
April 7, 2012
(Note: My comments are made after seeing the 1st 3rd of the film only.) To commenter 'm-y': Goldman Sachs? I do agree that all corporations are interested in is their own bank accounts, but what does this film have to do with Goldman Sachs? To commenter 'Neutral' & to Richard Bickel: I understand your problem with the entire tone of this film - I'd put it this way: these filmmakers have too much of the wrong attitude in making this film. They spend just about the entire film basically making fun of the whole country of North Korea & every person they come into contact with - it's a disgusting attitude problem. Richard Bickel especially: you said what I was thinking. These filmmakers have or show no awareness of - or appropriate gravitas towards - the fact the people they interact with could be tortured soon afterwards for any perceived imperfection in their interactions with the American. Their families also could very well be put to death in front of their very eyes. If the filmmakers understood & appreciated this, they would have said so at least once during the narrative. I hope they redeem themselves in the 2nd & 3rd parts of the film, which I haven't seen yet, but I'm not expecting it.
Alexander Besher
1********g
February 25, 2012
They certainly "captured" the spirit. I've been to Checkpoint Charlie and in a number of those tunnels which are as wide as a superhighway. One day I'd like to dig one of my own and visit Pyongyang. Must be the mother trip of all trips.
Bahagia Abadi
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January 29, 2012
ASIA
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1********g
December 22, 2011
That was it? There is no more video? Sigh.......
Shiraz Bajwa
5********g
December 21, 2011
Great work Shane. Truly fascinating. I couldn't help but notice similarities in the kind of paranoia generated by N. Korean leadership with regards to the West and the current paranoia generated in the U.S. regarding Muslims and the threat of Sharia law. Perhaps work like this can allow people to gain perspective on what they are subject to themselves (albeit in rather more sophisticated ways).
Aj Argentieri
1********g
December 22, 2011
eh not so much
Baste Fladmark
8********g
December 20, 2011
For et land!
Anders Sakseid
6********g
December 20, 2011
Genial dokumentar!
Anne-Sophie Orliac
7********g
December 20, 2011
Fascinating!
Susan Wood
5********g
December 20, 2011
This is so interesting.
Steve Kearney
6********g
December 19, 2011
too bad the quality of the image makes it impossible to watch.
Ruben Tyson
1********g
October 1, 2011
oyaningwa nawa
Toini Mambale
1********g
December 4, 2011
i wll add another photo.
Ruben Tyson
1********g
October 1, 2011
good
Ruben Tyson
1********g
October 1, 2011
good