Naturally, we can’t trust propaganda videos to give us a sense of life inside another country — especially when that country is North Korea. But what these videos do show us is what the North Korean government wants to communicate to its citizens — about everything from its military prowess to shopping.
The 3-day war film was quite interesting. In it, they make the same mistake the Nazis did in their propaganda—they tell their soldiers the enemy is no threat, cannot stand against them, will fall and run (in the Nazi’s case, they showed Americans as clowns).
While they think this boosts morale and makes their troops certain they will win, it actually has a secondary effect: when the enemy does NOT panic, does not run, but instead fights fiercely, it can be quite demoralizing to realize you might not be prepared. Still, NK has one stated goal for which they’ve been preparing since the 1950s— “reunification” of Korea. Translation: conquest and complete domination over their southern cousins. They could win this time, just not as easily as they think. Unless they do it soon. The current U.S. president is unlikely to expend much effort to help Korea.