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Subj: Re: The Mandarin's Living Ring: Iron Man #512 and upcoming issues
Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 09:31:38 am EST (Viewed 308 times)
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Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 03:38:12 am EST (Viewed 258 times)
Mandarin having his own city ruled by propaganda is much like North Korea's Juche system. And Kim Jong-Il was notorious for kidnapping an award-winning South Korean film director and his actress (ex) wife in the 1970s in order to force them to make ridiculous propaganda films for him; the Mandarin does just this in the annual.
See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shin_Sang-ok
As far as I know, this is (in the real world) a pretty singular and famous act, so the Mandarin repeating it seems like a pretty clear allusion to Kim. Both Kim and Mandarin kidnap the director because the director is critically acclaimed, and the bit about also kidnapping the actress wife of the director makes the allusion almost too close. It's even accented by both of the real victims being lured to Hong Kong for the kidnapping, since the Annual has the Mandarin kidnapping his creative team from Hong Kong's film industry.
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