A citizens' group in Japan has obtained a copy of a film providing the first audio and visual images of Ko Young Hee, the Japanese-born mother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The 85-minute film is titled "The mother of the great military-first Korea," and is believed to have been produced by the North Korean government.
RENK, a group that helps North Koreans, obtained the film in mid-June from a collaborator in North Korea.
Lee Young-hwa, a professor of economics at Kansai University and the group's leader, said the film was produced to canonize Jong Un's mother and will likely be released on or around June 26, which would have been Ko's 60th birthday. She died in 2004.
The film shows Ko with the late Kim Jong Il as well as Jong Un as a young child. The film was reportedly shown to high-ranking officials of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Korean People's Army in May.
Ko is referred to by a pseudonym in the film, and there is no mention of the fact that she was a Korean national born in Osaka.
The film has many images of Ko inspecting various facilities, such as farms and military installations, together with Kim Jong Il.
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