J.S.: Your assistant director was Pak Jong-ju?
F.B.: Don’t ask me about Korean names. Back than I was able to say his name correctly... Pak something..
Time to change the tape and order another cappuccino. Rather jokingly, I asked Baldi: “Did you ever meet Kim Jong Il? You know, he’s a big movie fan.” He made a serious fac..
J.S.: In the credits in the beginning, it says “Amerinda Est. Productions”. Who was that? An Italian company? Was the film a co-production?
F.B.: It was an Italian compan..
I had seen Ten Zan for the first time at the screening facilities of the Korea Film Export & Import Corporation in Pyongyang in 1999 when I was preparing a North Korean..
Ferdinando Baldi, Director
Baldi was an old work-horse of the Italian exploitation scene. Born in 1927, he had made a lot of peblum films in the early 1960s, films that..
The bad guys have taken the girl away. An older white guy, Professor Larson (Charles Borromel), hires Ricky (Mark Gregory) and his partner Lou (Frank Zagarino) to elimin..
North Korea is not exactly high on the list of international movie shooting locations. The country engaged in a few collaborations with Japan and the then-Soviet Union, but..
“I have heard that Kim Jong-il loves movies and watches a lot of them...” I started my question only to be interrupted by U: “I don’t know about that. Our Great Leader wor..
“Why? No.” I said, surprised.
“We got the cigarettes for you. 1000 packs. It’s cheap. You only pay 2.50 Deutschmark for one pack, half the price in the store!”
Shortly after, Berlin Film Festival 2000 opened and I was back in town. As always, my first visit was to the film market to meet my friends at the ‘New Cinema from Japan’ bo..