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TheDailyBeast: Kim Jong Il's Favorite Things

Director Shin Sang-ok and 'Rambo'

A devoted cinephile, Kim adored movies and believed they had the power to shape people’s minds. In an effort to do just that, he had South Korea’s most famous director, Shin Sang-ok, kidnapped in 1978. Shin spent years making films for Kim before escaping during a trip to Vienna in the mid-’80s. Kim also loved American flicks, particularly "Rambo" and "Friday the 13th," and amassed a collection of more than 20,000 movies. James Bond movies were among his favorites, though the fictionalized version of North Korea in "Die Another Day" (2002) was said to have made Kim furious.

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