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* TheNeedsOfTheMany: The lesson Su-ryeon learns.



You can see the film with English subtitles [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_F2eppbt2E here]].


You can see the film with English subtitles [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd55GS04LUo here]].

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You can see the film with English subtitles [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd55GS04LUo com/watch?v=i_F2eppbt2E here]].


A 2006 film from UsefulNotes/NorthKorea which was lucky enough to be distributed internationally via a French company.

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A 2006 film from UsefulNotes/NorthKorea that played at the Cannes Film Festival and which was lucky enough to be distributed internationally via a French company.
company. One of only a few North Korean films to be shown commercially outside that country.

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A 2007 film from NorthKorea which was lucky enough to be distributed internationally via a French company.

Su-ryeon is a teenaged NaiveEverygirl who is upset that her scientist father is [[DisappearedDad never around]] and is frustrated that he has failed to obtain a doctorate. She also doesn't understand why her mother is so okay with it. Su-ryeon's younger sister, Su-ok, is a promising soccer star at their school. Eventually, Su-ryeon's father makes a breakthrough of some kind and she [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop realizes the importance of selfless devotion to the State]].

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A 2007 2006 film from NorthKorea UsefulNotes/NorthKorea which was lucky enough to be distributed internationally via a French company.

Kim Su-ryeon is a teenaged NaiveEverygirl who is upset that her scientist father is [[DisappearedDad never around]] and is frustrated that he has failed to obtain a doctorate.doctorate, which would allow the family to move out of their ramshackle house and into a fancy apartment. She also doesn't understand why her mother is so okay with it. Su-ryeon's younger sister, Su-ok, is a promising soccer star at their school. Eventually, Su-ryeon's father makes a breakthrough of some kind and she [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop realizes the importance of selfless devotion to the State]].



* ComingOfAgeStory
* CoolUncle: Su-ryeon has one.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Well, it's a good reason according to the film, anyway. Su-ryeon's father disappears for years at a time, but it's okay because he's working so hard for the glorious benefit of the State.

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* ComingOfAgeStory
AsYouKnow: Su-ryeon finds a letter from Dad to Mom that helpfully recounts exactly when Dad left home for work and gives the specific name of the factory.
* CallBack: In the opening scene an envious 6-year-old Su-ryeon sees kids flying paper airplanes out of the balcony of their high-rise apartment. At the end she is doing the same out of the apartment they've moved into.
* ComingOfAgeStory: Su-ryeon realizes that her father is right to put his duty to the state above his family. She honors his wishes and enrolls in the science academy.
* CoolUncle: Su-ryeon has one.
one. In one scene he brings his nieces some nice clothes.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Well, it's a good reason according to the film, anyway. Su-ryeon's father disappears for years at a time, but it's okay because he's working so hard for the glorious benefit of the State.State and the Dear General.



* AMinorKidroduction

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* AMinorKidroductionAFriendInNeed: Everybody looks out for each other in the socialist utopia of North Korea, which is why the rest of the neighborhood makes the Kims a new chimney after theirs collapses.
* GrayRainOfDepression: Happens as a devastated Su-ryeon takes the train back home after finding out that nope, Dad will not be visiting Mom in the hospital.
* HappyEnding: Dad doesn't start spending much time at home or paying attention to his children or anything, but he does make a breakthrough in his research that leads to a visit from Kim Jong-il, and finally gets Su-ryeon's family that fancy apartment.
* AMinorKidroduction: The opening scene features a six-year-old Su-ryeon. Significantly, the first shot is of her Mickey Mouse backpack, probably symbolizing Western capitalistic doodads that Su-ryeon wants so much.
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: Don't be so selfish! Don't expect your father to actually, you know, be around! He's working for the Dear General, he can't be distracted with piddling nonsense like your mother going under the knife for colon cancer.



* RuleOfSymbolism: Su-ryeon's father is Kim Jong-il, [[BlatantLies wisely and selflessly working for the betterment of everyone]]. Su-ryeon is the average North Korean citizen who selfishly wants the Dear Leader all to herself, but must learn that he's too busy to help everyone all the time. Since the producer of the film was Kim Jong-il himself, this might mean the father technically qualifies as a CanonSue.
* {{Tomboy}}: Su-ok
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Su-ryeon's mother gets cancer, for a plot point about Dad not even showing up to provide moral support for that. The cancer issue disappears afterwards.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Su-ryeon's father is an obvious stand-in for Kim Jong-il, [[BlatantLies wisely and selflessly working for the betterment of everyone]]. Su-ryeon is the average North Korean citizen who selfishly wants the Dear Leader all to herself, but must learn that he's too busy to help everyone all the time. Since the producer of the film was Kim Jong-il himself, this might mean the father technically qualifies as a CanonSue.
* SliceOfLife: A rather slight story dramatizing a family and the sacrifices they make for the Dear General.
* {{Tomboy}}: Su-ok
Su-ok is a high-level soccer player.
* TrainStationGoodbye: The film ends with Dad leaving yet again, as Mom and Su-ryeon bid him farewell at the train station while Su-ryeon thinks about his sacrifices working for the Dear General.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Su-ryeon's mother gets cancer, for a plot point about Dad not even showing up to provide moral support for that. The cancer issue disappears afterwards. (Presumably the surgery Mom goes through worked.)


* RuleOfSymbolism: Su-ryeon's father is Kim Jong-il, [[BlatantLies wisely and selflessly working for the betterment of everyone]]. Su-ryeon is the average North Korean citizen who selfishly wants the Dear Leader all to herself, but must learn that he's too busy to help everyone all the time. Since Kim Jong-il was himself a producer of the film, this might mean the father technically qualifies as a CanonSue.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Su-ryeon's father is Kim Jong-il, [[BlatantLies wisely and selflessly working for the betterment of everyone]]. Su-ryeon is the average North Korean citizen who selfishly wants the Dear Leader all to herself, but must learn that he's too busy to help everyone all the time. Since Kim Jong-il was himself a the producer of the film, film was Kim Jong-il himself, this might mean the father technically qualifies as a CanonSue.


* RuleOfSymbolism: Su-ryeon's father is Kim Jong-il, [[BlatantLies wisely and selflessly working for the betterment of everyone]]. Su-ryeon is the average North Korean citizen who selfishly wants the Dear Leader all to herself, but must learn that he's too busy to help everyone all the time.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Su-ryeon's father is Kim Jong-il, [[BlatantLies wisely and selflessly working for the betterment of everyone]]. Su-ryeon is the average North Korean citizen who selfishly wants the Dear Leader all to herself, but must learn that he's too busy to help everyone all the time. Since Kim Jong-il was himself a producer of the film, this might mean the father technically qualifies as a CanonSue.

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You can see the film with English subtitles [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd55GS04LUo here]].


* AphaBitch: Dammit, you can't even get away from them in North Korea! Su-ryeon settles things with hers in an impromptu foot race of all things.

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* AphaBitch: AlphaBitch: Dammit, you can't even get away from them in North Korea! Su-ryeon settles things with hers in an impromptu foot race of all things.

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A 2007 film from NorthKorea which was lucky enough to be distributed internationally via a French company.

Su-ryeon is a teenaged NaiveEverygirl who is upset that her scientist father is [[DisappearedDad never around]] and is frustrated that he has failed to obtain a doctorate. She also doesn't understand why her mother is so okay with it. Su-ryeon's younger sister, Su-ok, is a promising soccer star at their school. Eventually, Su-ryeon's father makes a breakthrough of some kind and she [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop realizes the importance of selfless devotion to the State]].
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*AphaBitch: Dammit, you can't even get away from them in North Korea! Su-ryeon settles things with hers in an impromptu foot race of all things.
*ComingOfAgeStory
*CoolUncle: Su-ryeon has one.
*DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Well, it's a good reason according to the film, anyway. Su-ryeon's father disappears for years at a time, but it's okay because he's working so hard for the glorious benefit of the State.
*FoodPorn: Maybe not by Western standards, but enough for you to get the impression that the film is yelling, "Hey, look at how much food we have! Our nation is so prosperous and [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not starving at all]]!"
*AMinorKidroduction
*RandomEventsPlot: The movie has a loose narrative and is very SliceOfLife[=-y=].
*RuleOfSymbolism: Su-ryeon's father is Kim Jong-il, [[BlatantLies wisely and selflessly working for the betterment of everyone]]. Su-ryeon is the average North Korean citizen who selfishly wants the Dear Leader all to herself, but must learn that he's too busy to help everyone all the time.
*{{Tomboy}}: Su-ok
*WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Su-ryeon's mother gets cancer, for a plot point about Dad not even showing up to provide moral support for that. The cancer issue disappears afterwards.
*WhenYouComingHomeDad: Su-ryeon's father. He's portrayed as being in the right for this, as his science career is equated with TheNeedsOfTheMany.

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