Reporter's Notebook: Diane Sawyer's Reflections on North Korea

Inside a movie studio in Pyongyang, we take a tour with her of a museum, which lists every time the leader has advised on a film.

They tell us that he has advised more than 12,000 times, and given suggestions along the lines of, "Check with me first on this."

Anything he ever touched at the studio is there, too -- like a camera, which he apparently touched two places.

Outside, there are monuments to his father Kim Il Sung, who came up with the idea for a movie studio.

Kim Il Sung even wrote a screenplay once, directed in part by his son. And when then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited Kim Jong Il, he talked about his fascination with American movies, reportedly a 20,000-film collection.

He knows the U.S. Academy Award-winning films, and his favorites include James Bond.

His theories about filmmaking are contained in a book he wrote called "The Art of the Cinema."

It says that cinema should be used for noble and cultivated traditions truthfully, portraying the uniquely beautiful life of the people.

He goes on to say that the hero must always occupy the center of the stage.

Back at the studio, we tour the sets.

There is a set for Japanese films, in which the Japanese are usually vanquished.

There is a set for Chinese films, and there is a set for North Korean films about the time the glorious leader introduced socialism.

We ask the young film star if she's ever seen any American films. She looks a little puzzled and says no.

The young star's film is almost certain to be a giant hit in this country.

And as the leader and adviser has written, a film that champions the positive and combats the negative is the best work a writer or an artist can perform.

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