A Broad Bellflower
A paean to provincial self-sufficiency plays out amidst a pastoral love story in this D.P.R.K. propaganda film.
Sisters Song-rim and Song-hwa lead a simple life in a village in the rural mountains of North Korea. Their idyllic existence is threatened by the ambition of Song-rim’s boyfriend, Won-bong, who longs to leave the mountains with Song-rim for a better life in the city. Things come to a head when Won-bong issues an ultimatum: Either Song-rim leaves with him, or he leaves the village forever.
Part romantic melodrama, part ode to the importance of community and staying true to one’s roots, A Broad Bellflower was one of the most popular films of 1980s North Korea. It swept the awards at the inaugural Pyongyang International Film Festival and launched the career of its lead actress, O Mi-ran.
Cast & Credits
Jo Kyong-sun was born in 1937, and enlisted in the Korean People’s Army in 1954. He was an actor for the Air Force Command before moving into film production. A prolific actor and director, he received the Kim Il-sung Prize in 1989 for service rendered to North Korean cinema.
Kim Ryung-jo, O Mi-ran, Song Yon-ok