The Korean Film Studio Posters

The North Korean Film Studio Posters – a rare chance to purchase a piece of North Korean film history- propaganda as you have never seen!

BACKGROUND:

Pyongyang Film Studio is being renovated and the posters which were dreamt up by North Korean artists as ‘imperialist advertising’ used to make the streets more authenic are being removed. In 2003 we commissioned artwork of theses original posters as a limited edition or hand painted poster. For artist Han Jong Sil who is normally commissioned to paint Propaganda Posters this was an unusual project. For the first time we are selling the indiviual posters as a limited edition of 20 pieces only on 240 gsm white matt Hahnemühle paper using a state of the art Epson giclée printer.  The works are signed by the artist and are 120 euros each + postage.

The North Korean Film Studio was established in 1947. It built permanent sets to shoot pro revolutionary films that were very much against the Japanese colonisation of the country and the US prescence of South Korea. Different streets were created to represent colonial-era Korea, 1930’s Manchuria, South Korea, and imperial Japan. There was even a set depicting a generic European country, including a church and a number of villas.

THE POSTER ART:

Over the years, artists from the film studio were instructed to paint advertisements and hoardings to make the sets look realistic and to create a North Korean view of foreign street scenes.

You have to remember that these Korean artists would have had no direct experience of these places and would have drawn their inspiration from photographs. Their ‘capitalist’ style adverts promoted dog grooming to brothels and even included their interpretation of western-style film hoardings. The posters have a wonderful naivety, a ‘lost in translation’ feel to them. In North Korea advertising is not permitted so the artists were dealing with a medium that was truly alien to them.

Director of Koryo Studio, Nicholas Bonner, has been a regular visitor to the Film Studio since the 1990’s and he always photographed the film posters as they were replaced or re-painted. In 2003 he commissioned artists from the Film Studio to recreate the advertising posters as individual pieces of art.

A Chinese investor has recently acquired the film set, so renovations are now underway and unfortunately the original posters will most likely have been destroyed. Now the only full record of the posters is with Koryo Studio.

Poster used in Pyongyang Film Studio, South Korean Street
Text: Oasis
Please note the resemblane to Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump is coincidental, the posters were from an earlier time!

Koryo Tours Commission
Size: A3
ID: P001

Poster used in Pyongyang Film Studio
Text: Beauty Salon, South Korean street

Koryo Tours Commission
Size: A3
ID: P002

Poster in Japanese Street promoting the ‘OK’ Grand Show night club
Text: Characters are undecipherable, just used for effect

Koryo Tours Commission
Size: A3
ID: P003

Poster used in Pyongyang Film Studio, Japanese Street
Text: Cafe. Other characters are undecipherable, just used for effect

Koryo Tours Commission
Size: A3
ID: P004

Poster used in Pyongyang Film Studio, South Korean Street
Text: Nylon

Koryo Tours Commission
Size: A3
ID: P005

Poster used in Pyongyang Film Studio, Japanese Street
Text: Characters are undecipherable, just used for effect

Koryo Tours Commission
Size: A3
ID: P006

Poster used in Pyongyang Film Studio, advertising for ‘Lactogen, made in Australia’, Japanese Street

Koryo Tours Commission
Size: A3
ID: P007

Poster used in Pyongyang Film Studio, Japanese Street

Text: Characters are undecipherable, just used for effect

Koryo Tours Commission
Size: A3
ID: P008

Watch Order No. 27

Order No. 027” (1986) set during the Korean War a group of taekwondo kicking elite soldiers is sent across the border into south Korea to destroy a military base. The scenes in the following video gives a good idea of the posters used to create more realism to the film studio ‘South Korea Street’

Limited edition of 20 giclee prints at 120 eur + shipping

Oasis

Oasis
Artist: Han Jong Sil
Year 2003
Gyclee Print on art paper
Edition of 20
Size A3
Price 120 EUR
ID: P001

Hair Salon

Lamer
Artist: Han Jong Sil
Year 2003
Gyclee Print on art paper
Edition of 20
Size A3
Price 120 EUR
ID: P002

Grand Show

OK
Artist: Han Jong Sil
Year 2003
Gyclee Print on art paper
Edition of 20
Size A3
Price 120 EUR
ID: P003

Cafe

Cafe
Artist: Han Jong Sil
Year 2003
Gyclee Print on art paper
Edition of 20
Size A3
Price 120 EUR
ID: P004

Naylon

Nylon
Artist: Han Jong Sil
Year 2003
Gyclee Print on art paper
Edition of 20
Size A3
Price 120 EUR
ID: P005

Yakgodyo

Unknown
Artist: Han Jong Sil
Year 2003
Gyclee Print on art paper
Edition of 20
Size A3
Price 120 EUR
ID: P006

Lactogen

Unknown
Artist: Han Jong Sil
Year 2003
Gyclee Print on art paper
Edition of 20
Size A3
Price 120 EUR
ID: P007

Hotel

Unknown
Artist: Han Jong Sil
Year 2003
Gyclee Print on art paper
Edition of 20
Size A3
Price 120 EUR
ID: P008

Artworks featured in Commissions are available for sale. Please inquire with us about availability.

Further Commissioned Works

Higher and Higher
‘Starting Work’ series
Limited edition linocuts exhibited at Verbeelde Werkelijkheid: Kunst uit Noord-Korea’
Read more.
Guarding-the-Skies
The Spiritual Core of Korea
Iconic roles of females in North Korean society
Read more.
Heroines and Villains 80 x
Heroines and Villains
Unique comic book linocut experiment, Heroes and Villains
Read more.