Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Mainichi Shimbun obtained a copy of an 80-minute documentary film entitled The Great Mother which depicts a woman named Ri U’n-sil caring for a young Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and accompanying Kim Jong Il. The woman identified as Ri U’n-sil appears to be Ko Yong Hui. Ko was KJI’s fourth consort and mother of Kim Jong Un, his older brother Kim Jong Chol (Kim Cho’ng-ch’o’l) and his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong (Kim Yo’-cho’ng). According to the Japanese daily, the film was screened for senior Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] and Korean People’s Army cadres during late May. Since the early 2000s, there have been sporadic indoctrination and cultural campaigns in support of a “respected mother,” most recently seen in a poem “Mother of Korea” published in Rodong Sinmun during KJI birthday commemorations in February 2012. Some of these internal publicity efforts have been tied to Gen. Pak Jae Gyong, a close military aide of KJI’s and deputy (vice) director of the KPA General Political Department (bureau), who appears standing behind Ko in the film.