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Photos: North Korea's surreal Mass Games

While everyone else watches the Olympics, Asia's weirdest sporting event transpires in the world's most secretive country
By MICHAEL GAO  |  September 8, 2008

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Photo by Michael Gao

The Arirang performance has resulted in aggressive military themes becoming less pronounced at the Mass Games. The Arirang narrative, however, is punctuated by choreographed performances highlighting North Korea's perceived achievements in building a socialist utopia, and visual representations of key moments in its revolutionary history, most notably its resistance to Japanese occupation in the first half of the 20th century and the Korean War. The backdrop, therefore, may still depict guns, missiles and determined DPRK soldiers, teeth, and bayonets flashing defiantly.

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