“The best North Korean Football-themed film of All Time”

The 1978 North Korean feature film Centre Forward is showing in London this Saturday May 8 at 9 pm at the Shortwave Cinema, Bermondsey. Details from their website:

The classic North Korean football film based around footballer In Son who is about to make the leap from benchwarmer to key player of Taesongan FC, but his poor performance in a crucial match erodes the confidence of teammates, club managers and In Son himself. The path to success is unclear; however, inspiration from an unlikely source as well as the coachs political words of encouragement galvanise the players into tackling the physical, mental, and spiritual efforts they need to regain their winning form. Made in 1978 with the consultation of the 1966 North Korean World Cup hero Rim Jung Son.
Director: Pak Chong Song, Kim Kil In
Duration: 75 min
Dates: 7 May 2010 to 13 May 2010
Times: 07 – 13 May 2010 Sat 9:00 PM
Venue: Shortwave Cinema
Address: 10 Bermondsey Square, London, SE1 3UN
Telephone: 020 7357 6845

North Korean Economy Watch blogger and occasional LKL contributor Michael Rank comments:

I’ve seen the film and it’s highly enjoyable and fascinating (even if like me you’re not a football fan…). Not for nothing has it been called “The Best North Korean Football Themed Film of all time”. I’ve just written a short review of it which should be on North Korean Economy Watch before long.

In the meanwhile here’s a trailer:


(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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