1 year ago to this day we lost the Korean Karl Lagerfeld, General Kim Jong Il. A Supreme Leader within his own Country, and a hero to the rest of the world. Along with his grandfather President Kim Il Sung, his life and teachings have sculptured what the HOR is today. Like North Korea, the Head of Rothchild is a Hermit Kingdom closed off to the mainstream and followed by the only the most creative, free thinking individuals on the planet. This collection think-tank is our glorious HOR Republic. General Kim Jong Il worked restlessly for the benefit of his own Country and gave his life to the well being of his people. He didn’t care what the outside world thought of him and would crush anything that stood in the way of his agenda.
In addition to being a hero to his people, General Kim Jong Il was known worldwide for being a trendsetter in mens fashion. His Khaki green custom suits he wore to represent the Workers Party of the Korean people. He wore custom made Courreges Sunglassesthat were made famous and are extremely difficult to find to this day. The Winter hat he wears is a cutom made Ushanka from otter fur that has fold up flaps and a custom rim. He is the only one in North Korea who can wear this style hat. The hat was a giveaway to the intelligence world that Kim Jong Un would eventually succeed him because he was seen with that style Ushanka on (Source) . His outfits are so next level and outside the box thinking, that leaders from all over the world would try to copy him.
Here are some FACTS that you may not have known about Kim Jong Il
1. He was known by more than 50 names including Dear Leader, Supreme Leader, Our Father, The General, Generalissimo
2. He invented the hamburger
3. He could control the weather with his moods
4. He wrote no fewer than 1,500 books in three years
5. He drank £450,000 of cognac each year
6. His birth in Baekdu Mountain was prophesied by a swallow and heralded with a double rainbow and a new star in the heavens.
7. He was a near-obsessive film buff with a reported collection of 20,000 plus video tapes.
8. He loved watching NBA and even invited Kobe Bryant as a guest of honor.
9. He first picked up a golf club in 1994, at North Korea’s only golf course, and shot a 38-under par round that included no fewer than 11 holes in one. Satisfied with his performance, he reportedly immediately declared his retirement from the sport.
10. He’s the fuckin man!
I can’t think of anything Obama has done in his entire lifetime that can hold a candle to this. A year later and I’m still studying everything about Kim Jong Il and the fascinating Country of North Korea. I hope to visit the Country next year and see what this glorious republic is up close. I bow to you, my dear leader.
In furthering my obsession with North Korea over the last two years, I’ve seen countless videos from various news organizations, Vice, and youtubes of tourists who’ve visited the isolated Country. I came across a dope trailer for a upcoming documentary that will be released this year called “Juche Strong”.
The documentary is about the 2010 North Korean soccer team that for the first time in 40 years, competed in the World Cup. It also goes in depth with policy experts discussing the Countries ideology. The only thing more exciting about it’s release later this year, is that the creator of the doc lives right here in DC. Rob Montz, a film maker, soccer lover, and Action Bronson fan took time to do a Q&A session with me which has to one of my favorite interviews to date.
HOR: What was the creative spark or idea that started everything in making “Juche Strong”? Was your trip to the DPRK to enhance the film or for the overall cultural experience?
Rob: The spark was really two separate impulses fused together. I’d want to make a documentary film for a long, long time. And I’d wanted a project that could basically serve as self made film school for me — i think graduate education generally is a massive tumor on the American economy and film school in particular is a masturbatory unhelpful waste of money and time. Secondly, I’d wanted to make a documentary about North Korea. It’s fascinating for a bunch of obvious reasons. But I didn’t have a hook. Then the 2010 world cup happened — NK was participating for the first time in over 40 years. A bunch of crazy things happened to the team. And I finally had my story to tell about the country. Later that summer after the Games ended I applied for the first fellowship that financed the film and with Juche Strong coming out this winter it will be about two years total for the whole production.
About the trip itself — it came at the end of the production process. I wanted to take footage of the country myself — the economics of licensing b-roll are such that it was significantly cheaper for me just to go out there and shoot then shell out insane quantities to freelancers and major media outlets for footage that’s generally sub-par quality anyway.
But also, I really wanted to smell the country — I wanted to experience it in a concrete way, not purely in theory and from a distance. I’m saying some very specific, slightly controversial things about the North Korean people in my film and before I pushed those ideas out into the world I needed to test them against reality. There’s just only so much you can know about a place from blog posts and tweets.
HOR: With all the things going on in North Korea, what made you decide to do a documentary about the 2010 World up the team?
Rob: I love soccer. And NK’s World Cup campaign itself is a really interesting story. About half of my film is kind of high-minded super analytical theorizing about the country — it’s nice to be able to balance that against a more visceral and visual sports story. My inclinations are such that if left to my own devices my documentaries would just be visual versions of like a ponderous sophomore-year term paper. I really like presenting big ideas through film. But that’s not enough to sustain a good doc — the audience needs a story too. There needs to be some narrative hook in there, some specific characters they can emotionally connect to. And the World Cup just happened to present a really good hook.
HOR: Most people who research the DPRK before traveling there get a pretty good understanding of what will happen as far as the guides escorting you and the pro-government tours, what did the first couple hours feel like once you arrived?
Rob: Surreal of course. Very much that feeling of “I’ve seen this building or this mural 100 times on video and now it’s right in front of me.” Most surprising was the guide though — you have two. But one is the main talker. And in my mind the guide was going to be much more stir and controlling and unfriendly that he ended up being. Ours was basically the north korean version of a kindly midwestern Presbyterian youth minister — kind, earnest, curious. I spent the first night there drinking heavily with a couple people from another group and a few guides and that just felt like a Tuesday in DC.
HOR: There is a lot of anti-American sentiment in North Korea and the government propaganda machine helps fuel that but do you feel that it’s kind of a double edged sword in relation to how Western media depicts North Korea?
Rob: I wouldn’t say double edge sword exactly but i do think the American media’s coverage of NK is so bad it borders on a war crime. You just saw it in the press about North Korea’s olympians (who did surprisingly well at london). The stories were either a) north koreans are mindless, brainwashed automatons or b)some outlandish, unsourced story about the latest evils from the North Korean regimes. For a), the most poignant moment for me was when the male North korean weighlifter won a gold medal and thanked the spirit of Kim Jong Il for propelling him to victory. There was an avalanche of mockery from a couple of big time American blogs that covered it. But how is that any different than an American athlete thanking, say, jesus after winning a gold in gymnastics?
And on b) there were these ubiquitous reports about north korean olympians that don’t medal getting thrown into labor camps once they get home. Now, the north korean regime is certainly capable of some gangster shit — there are 100-200,000 people in the country living in labor camps. This regime certainly commits some vicious human rights abuses. But that labor camp story has zero sources — it’s not clear where it originated from, there’s no evidence to support it, etc. But the western press uses NK’s reputation as an excuse to pass along as gospel any gossip about NK’s latest nefarious doings. And that’s particularly irksome to me because stories like that uniformly ignore the equally — if not more — important roll that ideology plays in keeping the country running (and that of course is the chief focus of my film)
HOR: I noticed you used Action Bronson for the trailer music. Does the film have a hip hop influence music wise or is that just a favorite of yours?
Rob: The fact that you recognized the artist for that song quadruples the likelihood we’ll become best friends. My corgi puppy’s name is Bronson. AB is one of my top 5 living humans on the planet. And yes the soundtrack for the film itself is deeply influence by hip hop — there is an original song in the film hand-crafted by a very talented composer friend of mine that sounds like some combination of Def Jux-era RJD2 and the not-bad albums from DJ shadow
HOR: In the preview, you have a policy expert talk about America’s underestimation of North Korea, what do you think after doing this film that the U.S. needs to do to better understand North Korea?
Rob: My pretentious response is that if I could tell you precisely in words I wouldn’t have made a film about it. My non douchey response is — recognize that North Koreans are flesh and blood people just like the rest of us. They aren’t aliens. But they are under the influence of an intoxicating, specifically designed and careful dispatched state ideology. And the key compelling elements of that ideology share 98 percent of their DNA with political and religious rhetoric as practiced in the united states.
HOR: What is the most important thing you want people to take away from watching your film?
Rob: My answer here is basically the same one to the last question — recognize the important of ideology and propaganda in North Korea’s “success.” International experts have been predicting the imminent collapse of this country for nearly two decades. And it’s still here. And in many ways it’s stronger than it was just a couple years ago. And that’s in large part because the ruling elites have gotten most of the population to buy into a grad national project via propaganda — it’s given them purpose, and purpose will help retain loyalty even when your country has been suffering severe famines on-and-off since the mid 90s
HOR: Since we also cover food on the site, we have to ask… How was the food like? Any meal that stood out to you. Also, do they eat bacon over there?
Rob: All our meals — save one pizza lunch — were pre-planned by the touring company. About 85 percent is just thoroughly mediocre version of Korea, Japanese and American cuisine. 10 percent is truly awful — every fish dish I ate was disgusting and i suffered the greatest of all abuses by being forced to drink exclusively instant coffee the whole time i was there. And 5 percent of the food was genuinely delicious. Our second to last night in Pyongyang we had korean bbq — you cook the meat at your table just like you would at a south korean place out in Reston. Pack it in with some rice and a lettuce wrap and cover with sauces. And it was goddamn delicious. And I definitely ate pork but I don’t think it was ever in bacon form
Last Sunday marked the 100th birthday of the founder of North Korea, Kim il Sung. This was two days after their failed missile launch that had the world wondering just what the hell North Korea also referred to as DPRK, was up to. Since following the hermit kingdom for about a year now I was excited about getting the news that one of their former propaganda artist, Song Byeok was coming to the district to show off his work. Knowing the backstory of Song (PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE, THANK YA), I knew that it wasn’t going to be the traditional style DPRK propaganda art, each piece is North Korean related but with Songs own individual, creative expressions to symbolize and pay homage to the freedoms he has today.
The exhibit is going until April 30th The Dunes in Columbia Heights. The Hours vary – check the venue calendar for specific dates and times. Recommended donation of $5. The Dunes is located at 1402 Meridian Place NW, Washington, DC 20009. Closest Metro: Columbia Heights (Yellow/Green line). For more information call 202-436-9118. Here are a few photos I took.
And the grand finale. This painting can be yours for only $22,000
Usually this time of year everyone including myself starts grumbling about how much the past year has totally sucked and can’t wait to bring in the next one. Have to admit for the first time in a long time, I’m sad to see 2011 go. This was an amazing year for friends of mine personally, professionally, and I got to meet some great people from all over. 2011 was the shit! I got DJ events at places I never thought would have me play and shared lineups with some of my favorite producers. The H.O.R. readership is higher than it’s ever been and now becoming more of an underground society that laughs at even the most liberal of establishments, making a mockery out of everything in it’s path. It’s basically becoming a cult, but with better music, drugs, and get togethers.
Enough about my boring ass, it’s time we look back on 2011 for the beautiful bitch that she was while giving out personal fist bumps to people who stood out to us for the 1st ever, H.O.R. Year End Awards.
MAN OF THE YEAR
Kim Jong Il A.K.A. The Korean Al Davis – Things just aren’t going to be the same around here now that the great leader of North Korea is no longer with us. I’ve been obsessed with him and the Juche way of life for years now. He was a true leader who will forever be in H.O.R. icon status for the way he inherited a Country and ran things the way he set fit to better the Jong Il family. I ask that you turn away in regards to his human rights policies because the Juche way of life preaches self reliance which tests the North Korean peoples loyalty to their Country. When others wanted him to stop building a military, he told the World to go fuck themselves and started a nuclear program. Kim Jong was a ruler and we will never see anything close to that again in our lifetime. I bow to YOU, great leader.
DILLON FRANCIS was one of the best kept secrets in 2010 and went thermo nuclear in 2011 with some of the most mind blowing sounds I’ve heard in years raising the bar by revolutionizing moombahton. I’m not about dick riding for paragraphs on end but you have to give credit where it’s due. His twitter feed rules too.
SONG OF THE YEAR
ANGGER DIMAS – HEY FREAK This joint came up in the bottom of the 9th inning in 2011 but hit it out of the park. “Hey Freak” was actually leaked on youtube back in January so I’ve been licking my lips all year waiting to get my hands on it. Love everything about this track. It’s high energy with a subtle tribal vibe to it that still makes you want to fuck things up. Love blowing my ears out this one.
Blog of the Year (that isn’t H.O.R.) BIG GHOST CHRONICLESwins this award in a rout! Nothing even came close to Big Ghost this year on the entire internet, period. Now that we’ve crowned him for this year we also need to step back and look at the bigger picture because Ghost has pioneered blogging. In a years time his industry reviews have grown a readership that is growing by the millions. All of which is based on a guy keeping it real to his hip hop roots while splashing in some of the greatest one liners and mental images that one will ever read. In fact, it’s so good that the actual artists have responded to it. For those of you who are just catching on to Cocaine Biceps, he is NOT the actual rapper Ghost Face Killah, I’m stunned that people still haven’t figured THAT shit out yet. He absolutely owned 2011 and can’t wait to see whats around the corner next year. Salute!
BACON CEREAL – Sure this pick is a little biased but I had so much fun making it with Steve and Andrew that I couldn’t pick against it. Look for more fucked up cooking videos in 2012
H.O.R. VICTIM OF THE YEAR
ETA Silver G- This award definitely has some debate to it. in 2011 we met both Silver G and Alan Urban, both of which changed the H.O.R. permanently. Silver G won this award because he is the gift that keeps on giving. We will never be able to top what we did with Alan but with Silver G, the sky is the limit. So for the first time in his life, he’s finally getting recognized for doing something he loves. Being property of the H.O.R. In case you Missed it, here are the 2 Silver G posts that changed the internet.