Ulrich had never expected or hoped that he would become a famous face worldwide, but with the Mole - Undercover in North Korea, it became the back of the medal he would have preferred to have been without.
Ulrich Larsen was born in Slagelse in Denmark, and grew up in West Jutland and trained as a chef. After graduating, Ulrich did his military service in the Navy, and then worked in the restaurant industry as Restaurant and Deputy Manager at several restaurants. In 2005 he settled down with his wife and two children.
In many ways the description of a completely ordinary man with a completely ordinary upbringing and a completely ordinary job. But also about a man who made an unusual choice that became fateful for the life Ulrich lives today and has done so for the past 10 years.
Namely, the choice to infiltrate North Korea and document everything with a camera. In the year 2010, Ulrich was forced to retire early due to chronic illness. During his long hospitalizations in connection with the treatment he did not give up his life, but started having a great interest for the mysterious North Korea.
With great interest he saw the film The Red Chapel, which was directed by documentary filmmaker and journalist Mads Brügger, whom Ulrich then contacted. Here, the first seed was planted for what would later become the fastest and best-selling Danish documentary, which in addition has won a Robert for this year’s documentary.
Today, Ulrich can look back on an insane journey that lasted from 2010 to 2020. For ten years, Ulrich met and learned about a spy metier from the most experienced operational MI5 and CIA agents. Following the revelation, a panel of experts at the UN has convened Ulrich to share his experiences.
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