This outstanding Frontline episode casts an unusually revealing light on events inside North Korea when very few cameras were able to get what these two British journalists posing as tourists were able to obtain (before camera phones dominated.)

Previous views have described sadness from the apparent misunderstandings that are shown that may form the basis of hostilities between nations   It is worthy of reflection as a journalistic triumph and political challenge.

Reporter Ben Anderson starts his eventual journey into North Korea from the Southern side of the DMZ.  This would prove ironic by the end of the week when he would be on the Northern side standing next to guards highly concerned with the movements of the very guards that had escorted Anderson to the border a week earlier.




This outstanding Frontline episode is epotomized by the filming of the answers to direct questions given to a soldier acting as museum guide by journalist Ben Anderson posing (embedded you might say) as tourist. Her repetition of the party line is fascinating and worthy of deep concern to a world in which democracy, historical accoracy, and free-thinking people are important.

This outstanding Frontline episode humanizes the tour guides beyond your wildest dreams.  Mrs. Park, especially, comes off favorably, except, perhaps, for the direct confrontation about famine data and the progaganda-rich performance of a young girl singing to an accordian, which has audiences dumbfounded as the lyrics are translated.