5 Films Besides 'The Interview' That North Korea Has Condemned
By Lee Hyo-won
SEOUL—North Korea has officially condemned The Interview, calling the James Franco and Seth Rogen film’s plot about a mission to assassinate Kim Jong Un “an act of war.” This is not, however, the first time the reclusive country has reacted so strongly to a Hollywood movie.
Here are five other films that the hermit kingdom has denounced, banned and even used to spread its own political propaganda.
1. Die Another Day (2002)
Kim Myong-chol, executive director of the Centre for North Korea-U.S. Peace and an unofficial spokesman for Kim Jong Un’s regime, was one of the first to vehemently criticize The Interview and Hollywood cinema in general. In his remarks, he said he was more partial to British films, noting that “James Bond is a good character, and those films are much more enjoyable.” He must have forgotten that the British spy was also proclaimed an enemy of the authoritarian state not too long ago.
The 2002 Bond film Die Another Day depicts a delusional, nuke-dealing North Korean villain, reaffirming the U.S.’s designation of North Korea as part of the world’s “axis of evil.” This must have been especially offensive to the former North Korean dear leader, the late Kim Jong Il, as he was known to have been an avid fan of the James Bond franchise.
In a statement, the country’s Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, called Die Another Day “a dirty and cursed burlesque aimed to slander North Korea and insult the Korean nation.”
It called for the film to be removed from theaters across the globe, and accused the U.S. of being “an empire of evil” that spreads “abnormality, degeneration, violence and fin de siècle corrupt sex culture.”
2. Team America: World Police (2004)