Kim Jong Il is dead

Kim Jong Il, Nord Koreas größter Cineast und nebenberuflicher Superschurke ist gestorben: Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s ‘Dear Leader’ Dictator, Dead at 70 (via MeFi)

Kim Jong Il, the second-generation North Korean dictator who defied global condemnation to build nuclear weapons while his people starved, has died, Yonhap News reported. He was 70.

The news came in a radio broadcast at noon local time, Yonhap reported, citing North Korea’s official media. Kim probably had a stroke in August 2008 and may have also contracted pancreatic cancer, according to South Korean news reports.

CNN: „A broadcaster reported that Kim died due to "overwork" after "dedicating his life to the people." Kim died of "great mental and physical strain" while in a train during a "field guidance tour," North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency reported.“

spOn: „Nordkoreas langjähriger Machthaber Kim Jong Il ist tot. Das berichtet das Staatsfernsehen in Pjöngjang. Südkorea hat seine Armee in Alarmbereitschaft versetzt.“

Reuters: North Korea state TV says Kim Jong il has died, HuffPo: Kim Jong Il's nukes, threats stoked world fears

Neben Cineast und Superschurke war der Mann außerdem: Party Center, Superior Person, Dear Leader, Respected Leader, Dear Leader, who is a perfect incarnation of the appearance that a leader should have, Commander-in-Chief, Sun of the Communist Future, Shining Star of Paektu Mountain, Guiding Sun Ray, Leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Ever-Victorious, Iron-Willed Commander, World Leader of The 21st Century, Amazing politician, Great Man, Who Descended From Heaven, Great Marshal, Guiding Star of the 21st Century, Mastermind of the Revolution und Highest Incarnation of the Revolutionary Comradely Love. Hier die Liste der selbstgewählten Namen von Kim Jong Il.

Hier sein Beitrag zum Monster-Filmgenre (kein Mist!) Pulgasari in voller Länge als YT-Playlist, für den er einen Regisseur aus Süd-Korea entführen lies:

Pulgasari is a North Korean feature film produced in 1985, a giant-monster film similar to the Japanese Godzilla series. It was produced by South Korean director Shin Sang-ok, who had been kidnapped in 1978 by North Korean intelligence on the orders of Kim Jong-il, son of the then-ruling Kim Il-sung.

Teruyoshi Nakano and the staff from Japan's Toho studios, the creators of Godzilla, participated in creating the film's special effects. Kenpachiro Satsuma – the stunt performer who played Godzilla from 1984 to 1995 – portrayed Pulgasari, and when the Godzilla remake was released in Japan in 1998, he was quoted as saying he preferred Pulgasari to the American Godzilla. (Wikipedia)

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[update] Hier angebliche Durchsage der Todesnachricht im nordkoreanischen Staatsfernsehen:

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The Onion vor einem Jahr: Kim Jong-Un Privately Doubting He's Crazy Enough To Run North Korea:

In surprisingly candid remarks Thursday, Kim Jong-un, heir apparent to North Korea's highest government post, expressed doubt that he was sufficiently out of his mind to succeed his father, longtime dictator Kim Jong-il.

While emphasizing that he was definitely completely insane and would likely be even less stable by the time he assumed power, the younger Kim nevertheless wondered if he could ever be enough of a lunatic to replace the most unhinged leader on the planet.

"Obviously, I know I was handpicked because I'm super crazy," said Kim, the youngest of the 69-year-old dictator's four known children. "But my father's just so great at what he does. Did you know the people of North Korea have heard his voice exactly once, for like five seconds? How nuts is that? Honestly, I look at stuff like that and I think, 'Wow, there's just no way I can ever top Dad.'

Flickr: Propaganda North Korea, North Korea DPRK 북한

Time-Mag Bilderstrecke: North Korea: Secrets and Lies

New York Times Through the Lens: A View of Hunger in North Korea

The Chosin Ilbo: Kim Jong-il's Death 'Could Lead to Power Struggle': „A power struggle could erupt in North Korea following the death of leader Kim Jong-il between his son and heir apparent Jong-un and his brother-in-law, intelligence services here speculate. The National Intelligence Service told a recent session of the National Assembly Jang Song-taek, the purported No. 2 man in North Korea, director of the Workers' Party administrative department and member of the National Defense Commission, will lead a power struggle.“