Light comedy, North Korean style

North Korea’s team put up a creditable performance against Brazil in their World Cup game today.  I’ve been keeping an eye on the North Korean news agency to see how they cover the game, but there’s nothing there yet.  Still, the arts news is engaging:

Light Comedy on Road

Pyongyang, June 14 (KCNA) — The light comedy “Echo of Mountain” has been performed in different areas of the country. The light comedy, recreated by the State Theatrical Troupe, is honored with the Kim Il Sung Prize.

The light comedy is based on painstaking efforts of farmers in a mountainous area to boost grain output and turn their village into a beautiful place good to live in, and their worthwhile life.

It, originally created early in the 1960s, still enjoys a great popularity, making the people deeply aware of their mission of the time.

After seeing the performance Jang Min, 47, a department director of the North Hwanghae Provincial People’s Committee, told KCNA he had realized that if officials failed in their duties, any good idea or intention could not be materialized.

Yun Chun Hwa, 40, chairwoman of the Management Board of the Chongsan Co-operative Farm in Kangso District, Nampho City, said the performance gave her the truth that only those working hard to realize high aims and ideal could be pioneers of the time. And she vowed to reap a rich harvest this year.

Ji Jong Ho, 50, a chief furnaceman of the Chollima Steel Complex, said that the performance representing people of the Chollima era made him deeply conscious of what he should do in the building of a thriving nation and that he would work hard with high aims and ideal as the heroes of the light comedy did.

Sounds hilarious!  But then again, I suspect most citizens of Pyonyang would be mystified to learn that people in the West still go to Robin Williams movies…