In this March 1979 photo, Kim Jong Il gives advice on the the most odd facts shooting of the film "An Jung Geun Avenges Hirobumi Ito." Kim was passionate about movies and even constructed a film studio for his own productions. Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP Images
8. Film buff
Kim was said to be an avid film collector, amassing more than 20,000 video tapes and DVDs. His favourite flicks reportedly included Friday the 13th, Rambo, Godzilla, Hong Kong action fims, and anything starring Elizabeth Taylor. In 1978, he ordered the kidnapping of South Korean film director Shin Sang-ok and his actress wife Choi Eun-hee so they could build a North Korean film industry. A decade later, they reportedly escaped while on a trip to Austria, and have since been granted refuge in the United States.
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