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Date Of BirthFebruary 16, 1941
DiedDecember 17, 2011, Pyongyang, North Korea, February 13, 2017, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Sepang District, Malaysia
SpouseKim Young-sook, Ri Sol-ju
MarkEccentric personality
FactNational leader of North Korea (officially styled "Supreme Leader of North Korea") from 1994 until his death in 2011.

Kim Jong-il was born on February 16, 1941, in Vyatskoye, Russia, the son of Kim Il-sung, who was to become North Korea’s first leader. Kim Jong-il’s mother, Kim Jong-suk, was a guerrilla fighter during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s. Kim Jong-il had two brothers and a sister.

Kim Jong-il was educated at the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School and Kim Il-sung University, both in Pyongyang. He began his career in the Korean Workers’ Party (KWP) in 1964, holding various posts in the party organization. He was elected to the party Central Committee in 1973 and named secretary of the party’s Organization and Guidance Department in 1977.

Kim Jong-il’s career really took off after his father’s death in 1994. He was elected supreme leader of North Korea at a special session of the Supreme People’s Assembly in October of that year. In September 1998, he was named chairman of the National Defense Commission, the country’s highest military body.

As supreme leader, Kim Jong-il presided over a highly centralized government and economy. He maintained strict control over the media and information available to the North Korean people. Under his rule, North Korea developed nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

The country also experienced a severe famine in the 1990s, due to mismanagement of the economy and natural disasters. An estimated two million North Koreans died of starvation during this period.

Kim Jong-il’s health began to fail in the early 2000s, and he reportedly suffered from diabetes and heart disease. He underwent surgery in 2008 to remove a cyst from his brain.

In 2011, Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack at the age of 69. His son, Kim Jong-un, was named his successor and took over as supreme leader of North Korea.

Kim Jong-il’s net worth is estimated to have been $5 billion. He amassed this fortune through his control of North Korea’s economy and through illicit activities such as drug trafficking and counterfeiting.

Kim Jong-il was married twice and had five children. His first wife, Kim Yong-suk, died in 2004. His second wife, Ko Yong-hui, was a dancer whom he met in 1974. She died in August 2003, reportedly of breast cancer.

Kim Jong-il’s eldest son, Kim Jong-nam, was born to his first wife in 1971. He was educated in Switzerland and became estranged from his father after trying to enter Japan on a fake passport in 2001. He was killed in Malaysia in 2017, reportedly by North Korean agents.

Kim Jong-il’s second son, Kim Jong-chul, was born in 1981. He studied in Switzerland but returned to North Korea after failing to gain admission to an American university. He is not thought to be interested in politics.

Kim Jong-il’s third and youngest son, Kim Jong-un, was born in 1983 or 1984. He was educated in Switzerland and at Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang. He is thought to have been his father’s favorite child and was groomed to take over as supreme leader after his death.

General Info

Full NameKim Jong-il
Date Of BirthFebruary 16, 1941
DiedDecember 17, 2011, Pyongyang, North Korea, February 13, 2017, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Sepang District, Malaysia
Height1.6 m, 1.7 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Politician, Film producer, Politician, Soldier
EducationUniversity of Malta, Red Flag Mangyongdae Revolutionary School, Kim Il-sung University, Kim Il-sung University, Kim Il-sung Military University, HELP University
NationalityNorth Korean, North Korean


SpouseKim Young-sook, Ri Sol-ju
ChildrenKim Jong-un, Kim Jong-nam, Kim Jong-chul, Kim Yo-jong, Kim Sul-song, Kim Ju-ae
ParentsKim Jong-suk, Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, Ko Yong-hui
SiblingsKim Kyong-hui, Kim Pyong-il, Kim Yong-il, Kim Kyong-Jin, Kim Man-il, Kim Jong-nam, Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-chul, Kim Sul-song


MoviesSea of Blood, The Schoolgirl's Diary, The Schoolgirl's Diary, Sea of Blood

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#Marks / Signs
1Eccentric personality


1Imperialist aid is a noose of plunder and subjugation, aimed at robbing 10 and even 100 things for one thing that is given.
2A film with an untidy plot cannot grip the audience and define their emotional response.
3The cinema occupies an important place in the overall development of art and literature.
4Overall relations between the North and the South have developed in favor of national reconciliation, unity and reunification.
5Great ideology creates great times.
6No faction is better or worse than any other. All come from the same mould; they are all products of capitalist influence in the working class movement. And they are a poison that destroys our Party and the working class movement in Korea.
7No production of high ideological and artistic value can evolve out of a creative group whose members are not united ideologically and in which discipline and order have not been established.
8A man who dreads trials and difficulties cannot become a revolutionary. If he is to become a revolutionary with an indomitable fighting spirit, he must be tempered in the arduous struggle from his youth. As the saying goes, early training means more than late earning.
9National defense is the sacred duty of the young and all other people.
10The revolution is carried out by means of one's thought, not through one's family background.
11The liquidation of colonialism is a trend of the times which no force can hold back.
12We oppose the reactionary policies of the U.S. government but we do not oppose the American people. We want to have many good friends in the United States.


1Propaganda claims that Kim was born one year later, in 1942 on Mount Baekdu, with a double rainbow and a bright star in the sky heralding his arrival. A halo was supposedly seen over the mountain and a swallow foretold his birth.
2Was taught the "juche" philosophy of self-reliance by Hwang Jang-Yop. Hwang defected to South Korea in 1997.
3Married Kim Young-sook in 1974 but separated by the 1980s. He had five known children: Kim Jong-nam (son, b.1970) with mistress Song Hye-rim, Kim Sul-song (daughter, b. 1974) with wife Kim Young-sook, Kim Jong-chul (son, b.1981), Jong-un Kim (son, b.1984), and Kim Yo-jong (daughter, b.1987) with mistress Ko Young-hee.
4His favorite actor was Sean Connery. His favorite actress was Elizabeth Taylor.
5Among his favorite movies were: Friday the 13th (1980), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), First Blood (1982), The Godfather (1972), Gone with the Wind (1939) and Amistad (1997).
6Was often described as the 'Dear Leader' of North Korea. The title of 'Eternal President' was bestowed to his father, Kim Il-Sung on his death in 1994. Kim Jong-il's title was Chairman of the National Commission of Defence, which is North Korea's most important governmental position.
7Was portrayed as a villainous marionette in the comedy film Team America: World Police (2004). The creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone sent a gift reel to Kim.
8National leader of North Korea (officially styled "Supreme Leader of North Korea") from 1994 until his death in 2011.



Han nyeohaksaengeui ilgi2007producer - as Jong-il Kim
Pulgasari1985executive producer - as Jong-il Kim
Pibada1969producer - as Jong-il Kim


Great Man and Cinema2009ShortArchival Footage


The Juche Idea2008additional text - as Jong-il Kim


The Dictator2012in loving memory of


Kyongaehanun choego saryonggwan tongjinun uriui unmyong2008DocumentaryHimself (as Jong-il Kim)
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt2005TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Today2011TV SeriesHimself
Rude Tube2011TV SeriesHimself
The Hour2010TV SeriesHimself
National Geographic Explorer2007-2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Megumi2008/IShortHimself (as Jong-il Kim)
The Colbert Report2007TV SeriesHimself
Det røde kapel2006TV Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Have I Got News for You2006TV SeriesHimself
Death of a President2006Himself (uncredited)
Friends of Kim2006DocumentaryLeader of North Korea (as Jong-il Kim)
UFO: The Greatest Story Ever Denied2006Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
A State of Mind2004DocumentaryHimself - Supreme Leader, North Korea (as Jong-il Kim)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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