This observational film about the capital of North Korea has us captivated. Wonderfully shot, “Enter Pyongyang” shows us a side of the city that’s unexpectedly decorous.If there’s one thing we’re curious about, it’s the capital of North Korea – Pyongyang.
“Enter Pyongyang” began as a volunteer project by City-branding pioneer JT Singh and flow-motion videographer Rob Whitworth. It was produced together with leading North Korea travel specialist, Koryo Tours which covered their travel expenses on this 6 day journey through North Korea.
In this short film women walk the streets of Pyongyang in their bright hanboks, or Chosŏn-ot if you’re in North Korea. Kids roller blade their way around a skate park and scenes of busy railway stations and wide roads only make you notice how clean the city is. You’ll also get to see the bright lights come when the sun goes down in this nearly symmetrical looking town.
“Enter Pyongyang” is an observational film. At no point did Koryo Tours or we have to pretend to be supporters of the DPRK Government or their philosophy in order to be granted permission to shoot this film. Amazingly, we were given complete editorial control in the making of this piece.
The pair was closely assisted by a couple of guides from the National Tourism Administration. Their role was to help the creatives gain access to certain locations and ensure that all rules were kept to – no shooting at undeveloped locations, construction sites or at military personnel.
It is possible to visit North Korea as a tourist. North Korea does not release official data on the number of Western tourists it receives, but estimates range from 4,000 to 6,000 per year. Most of the foreign tourists are from Mainland China, estimated in the tens of thousands annually.