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12:00 AM, June 14, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:35 AM, June 14, 2018

Lights, camera, summit

White House film for Kim Jong Un draws rebuke

A Hollywood-style trailer US President Donald Trump played for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their Singapore summit has received decidedly mixed reviews.

The four-minute film was specially made by the National Security Council for its one-man audience, reports said.

"I thought it was good," Trump told reporters, adding he showed it to Kim on an iPad. "I think he loved it."

But many other viewers did not share his enthusiasm.

Opening with a shot of Mount Paektu, the spiritual home of the Korean people and the supposed birthplace of Kim's father Kim Jong Il, the images rapidly spanned the globe to take in Rome, Egypt and Seoul.

A gravelly voice -- straight out of Central Casting -- proclaims that out of seven billion people on Earth, "only the very few will make decisions or take actions that renew their homeland and change the course of history".

Black and white pictures of the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Koreas were followed by images of prosperity -- food, a high-speed train, electricity pylons.

"The past doesn't have to be the future. Out of the darkness can come the light," the trailer-style voice continues.

In the film, the voice proclaims: "Two men, two leaders, one destiny," to images of Kim and Trump. "A story about a special moment in time, when a man is presented with one chance that may never be repeated.

"What will he choose? To show vision and leadership?" -- cue images of Kim's summit with the South's Moon Jae-in -- "Or not?" -- cue fire consuming celluloid film, a metaphor for the destruction of North Korea.

As the second half of the movie unfolds, the narrator says, "there can only be two results: one of moving back, or one of moving forward". “Would the leader "be the hero of his people?" it asked.

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