China and North Korea to Co-produce the Film “Arirang”

Li Mengnan(M) on the Filming Location

China and North Korea will co-produce a movie for the first time since they established diplomatic relations 60 years ago, Beijing Youth Weekly reports.

The film entitled “Arirang” after North Korea’s famous annual group calisthenics and artistic performance, will provide an account of cultural exchanges in the field of dance between the two countries.

Both governments have attached great importance to the movie and put together a superior production team, including one director and one photographer from the two countries. Top Chinese actors Liu Dong, Li Mengnan and Gao Xin have begun filming in Pyongyang.

The first Arirang performance was held in North Korea in 2002 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of Chairman Kim II-sung. The highly successful performance gradually developed into the Arirang Performing Arts Festival.

Today, the performance, which includes more than 100,000 participants, takes place annually in Pyongyang between August and October. It features great North Korean musical compositions, folk dances and artistic gymnastics and acrobatics that tell the story of the country’s past, its current social achievements and the happiness of North Koreans under the leadership of Kim II-sung and Kim Jong II.

The movie is expected to wrap up production by year-end and be screened during the first half of 2012.

By Zhang Ting