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National Meeting and Grand Mass Gymnastics and Artistic Performance Arirang on the 63rd Anniv. of the DPRK [Naenara.com.kp]

Posted in Arirang, DPR Korea, Holidays, Japan, Kim Il Sung, Pyongyang, Workers Party of Korea WPK on September 12, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

September 10, 2011

A national meeting took place at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on September 8 to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the DPRK.

It was attended by deputies to the Supreme People’s Assembly, officials from Party, military and government organs, social organizations, ministries and national agencies, officers and men of the Korean People’s Army and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials from the fields of science, education, culture and the arts, public health and the mass media, bereaved families of revolutionary martyrs, persons of labour feats and other working people in Pyongyang.

Among the participants were also overseas Korean delegations, including the congratulatory group of Koreans in Japan who have come to their socialist motherland to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the DPRK, Korean compatriots and the representative of the Pyongyang Mission of the Anti-imperialist National Democratic Front

Present there on invitation were also diplomatic envoys, members of military attaché corps, representatives of international organizations and foreign guests in the DPRK.

Senior Party, government and army officials, leader of a political party, officials from military organs, social organizations, ministries and national agencies, heroes and persons of merits appeared in the platform.

The platform was also taken by the vice-chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan.

Choe Yong Rim, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea and premier of the DPRK, delivered a report at the meeting.

That day grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance Arirang, winner of Kim Il Sung Prize, was given at the May Day Stadium.

The performance received high acclaim from the audience for its high ideological and artistic value as it unfolded the proud history of victory and glory traversed by the DPRK with beautiful and graceful music and dance, dynamic mass gymnastics and an ever-changing display of background.

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Article link here: http://www.naenara.com.kp/en/news/news_view.php?0+32204

Senior Chinese military officers, DPRK leaders watch performance to mark anniversary of Chinese entry into Korean war front – PHOTOS [People’s Daily]

Posted in Arirang, China, DPR Korea, Hu Jintao, Kim Jong Il, Kim Yong Nam, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Korean War, PLA, Sino-Korean Friendship on October 25, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手
 
 
October 24, 2010
 
CHINESE SLOGAN IN BELOW PHOTO READS:  “SINO-KOREAN FRIENDSHIP IS LIKE THE DARK GREEN OF THE YALU RIVER – DEEPLY ESTABLISHED AND ETERNAL”  [Zuo Shou 左手, trans.]
 

Photo taken on Oct. 23, 2010 shows a scene of the "Arirang" performance in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Oct. 23, 2010, as part of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the entry of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) into the Korean War front. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)

A delegation of senior Chinese military officers watched the “Arirang” performance here Saturday night as part of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the entry of the Chinese People’s Volunteers (CPV) into the Korean War front.

The delegation, led by Guo Boxiong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, is on a four-day visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).  They were joined at the show by Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK.

Before the show, Guo met Kim and a number of other DPRK leaders, including Choe Yong Rim, premier of the cabinet, and Kim Yong Chun, vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission.

Guo hailed the DPRK’s attention to its relations with China.  He said the visit of the delegation was to implement the important consensus reached between Chinese President Hu Jintao and the DPRK’s top leader Kim Jong Il.

China would work with the DPRK side to make an active contribution to the continuous promotion of the Sino-DPRK friendship, Guo said.

Kim Yong Nam warmly welcomed the visit of the Chinese delegation.

The DPRK cherished its friendship with China. To consolidate and develop the relations was the firm will of the DPRK, Kim said.

The “Arirang”, a mass gymnastic and artistic show with some 100,000 performers, showcased the achievements made by the DPRK people in socialist construction, and their love of the fatherland, aspiration for reunification and peace.

The CPV entered the DPRK on Oct. 25, 1950, about four months after the Korean War broke out.

In an article marking the anniversary, the DPRK’s official KCNA news agency said Thursday that the CPV not only displayed a spirit of self-sacrifice and heroism but also promoted friendship.

Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Guo Boxiong (L) and President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Yong Nam watch the "Arirang" performance in Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK, Oct. 23, 2010, as part of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the entry of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) into the Korean War front. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)

Photo taken on Oct. 23, 2010 shows a scene of the "Arirang" performance in Pyongyang. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)

Source: Xinhua

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North Korea and China partner in lavish war epic [Film Business Asia]

Posted in Arirang, China, DPR Korea, Korea, Korean War, Sino-Korean Friendship, Sweet & Sour Cinema on October 20, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

September 30, 2010

Zhànhuŏ zhōng de xiàngliàn (戰火中的項鏈), a large-scale coproduction between China and North Korea is set to start shooting this December, only the second feature film between the two neighbouring countries.

Set both sides of the border, the drama centres on a retired North Korean soldier who recalls his time fighting alongside the Chinese during the Korean War 60 years ago. The Korean title translates as If There Is No Love; the working Chinese title translates as Necklace in the Fire of War.

Following three months of shooting in northeast China this winter, production will move to North Korea in late March, with locations in both Pyongyang and elsewhere.

The RMB20 million (US$3 million) budget is entirely provided by China’s August First Studio (八一電影制片廠), owned by the People’s Liberation Army, with the North Koreans providing facilities during the shoot their side of the border. All lead technicians will be Chinese, with support staff coming from North Korea. Post-production will be handled in China, with the movie expected to be released in summer 2011.

Director is 69-year-old August First staffer Zhai Junjie (翟俊杰), a specialist in lavishly mounted war movies (My Long March 我的長征, The Decisive Engagement 大決戰), as well as political dramas (The Republic Will Never Forget 共和國不會忘記).

Despite occasional hiccups in the relationship, China has remained North Korea’s closest ally and largest trade partner, and relations between the two have noticeably warmed in recent years. The Arirang Mass Games, held in Pyongyang every autumn, now include a special section devoted to friendship between the two countries.

The first China-North Korea coproduction was Oriental Gladiator (東方角鬥士, 2005), co-directed by Li Qimin (李啓民) and Ri Ju Ho (리주호), a biopic about ethnically Korean Japanese wrestling legend Rikidozan (力道山).

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DPRK marks founding of ruling party with Arirang performace, Kim Jong Un attends – PHOTOS [Xinhua]

Posted in Arirang, DPR Korea, Kim Jong Un, Photos, Pyongyang, Workers Party of Korea WPK on October 10, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Kim Jong Un (2nd R), vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), watches mass gymnastic and artistic performance "Arirang" staged to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the WPK, in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Oct. 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Kim Jong Un, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), watches mass gymnastic and artistic performance "Arirang" (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Mass gymnastic and artistic performance "Arirang" is staged to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang

Mass gymnastic and artistic performance "Arirang" is staged to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang

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Website Opened to Introduce DPR Korea Pavilion of Shanghai World Expo [KCNA]

Posted in 2010 World Expo, Arirang, DPR Korea, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Pyongyang, Shanghai on August 26, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手
UPDATE:  The br0ken link to the featured website has been fixed.  Also, please note the website may be viewed in 3 different languages:  Korean, Chinese, and English. – 左手
 
UPDATE II:   OCTOBER 11, 2010– Due to apparent technical difficulties, the website featured in this post, along with the KCNA English website, are only accessible via a proxy server at this time in China.  I have de-linked the referenced websites in the post.  It’s possible that Internet users in other countries won’t experience these difficulties.

UPDATE III: NOVEMBER 24, 2010 It would now appear that the DPR Korea Pavilion website has been disabled. The link in this article is still active, but it shunts to what appears to be a DPR Korea export website which is only currently in the Korean language.

The best that can be done at this time is provide the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Pavilion” link at the “Expo 2010 Shanghai China Pavilion Archive” website: http://en.expo2010.cn/c/en_gj_tpl_63.htm This unfortunately is not as splendid as the original DPRK pavilion website, but it’s better than nothing. Sorry for any inconveniences. – Zuo Shou 左手

KOREAN NEWS
News from Korean Central News Agency of DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
Pyongyang, August 23 (KCNA) — A website has recently been opened to introduce the DPRK Pavilion of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, along with the capital city of Pyongyang and the history, culture and customs of the Korean people.
  
The website address is http://www.expo2010-dprkorea.org  (Korean / 中文 / English).
On the theme of the DPRK Pavilion “Pyongyang Prospering on the Basis of the Culture of the Taedong River”, the website offers videos showing grand monumental edifices, including the Tower of the Juche Idea, and historic spots such as the Ulmil Pavilion and Chilsong Gate in Pyongyang, and art performances given by the Unhasu Orchestra and other national art troupes, Korean schoolchildren and visiting foreign artistes.

A video of the grand gymnastic and artistic performance “Arirang” and music videos of songs of revolutionary operas “The Flower Girl” and “Sea of Blood” and such popular songs as “My Wife” are available on the website.

It also gives a detailed introduction of the mausoleum of Koryo founder Wang Kon, the Ryongthong Temple, Sonjuk Bridge and other historic relics in Kaesong, national customs including folk dishes and tourist destinations such as Mts. Paektu, Kumgang, Myohyang and Chilbo.

A stream of foreigners visiting the DPRK Pavilion is also seen on the website.

September 6 will be Day of the DPRK Pavilion.

Article link here:  http://www.kcna.co.jp/item/2010/201008/news23/20100823-11ee.html 

Grand Gymnastic and Artistic Performance “Arirang” Starts in DPR Korea’s capital – PHOTOS [KCNA]

Posted in Arirang, DPR Korea, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Photos, Pyongyang on August 4, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手
 
KOREAN NEWS
News from Central Korean News Agency of DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
 

"Arirang" Performance at Pyongyang's May Day Stadium on August 2, 2010. Scene of mass calisthenics from segment entitled "Our Prosperous Country" (the scene's title is displayed in Korean in the background) - Korean News Service

Foreign tourists enjoy the mass calisthenics / art performance spectacular "Arirang" that had it's first showing this year at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang - August 2, 2010 (Korean News Service)

Grand Gymnastic and Artistic Performance “Arirang” Starts 
 
 Pyongyang, August 2 (KCNA) — Grand gymnastic and artistic performance “Arirang”, winner of Kim Il Sung Prize, began at the May Day Stadium here on Monday.

It was originally produced on the occasion of the 90th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung and the 70th founding anniversary of the Korean People’s Army.

This time the creating staff has successfully re-portrayed it, including the production of Chapter [Scene] 5, “Arirang for friendship.”

Appreciating the opening performance were Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, Kang Nung Su, vice-premier, leading officials of working people’s organizations and ministries, servicepersons, working people in Pyongyang, overseas compatriots and foreign guests.

The performers made a great epic representation of the undying revolutionary exploits Kim Il Sung performed by achieving the historic cause of the country’s liberation through the hard-fought war against the Japanese imperialists and building a dignified socialist power independent in politics, self-supporting in economy and self-reliant in national defence in this land and the heroic struggle of servicepersons and people of the DPRK who are bringing about the great innovations and making leap forward in building a thriving nation while pushing back the frontiers of latest science under the Songun leadership of Kim Jong Il.

The performers presented dynamic gymnastic movements, beautiful music, elegant dances, ever-changing background scenes and gorgeous electronic displays, mesmerizing the spectators.

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