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Korea observers no doubt expressed the same disappointment as I did Friday when reading this: “Sony Will Amend Seth Rogen’s The Interview After North Korean Threats.” I’ve been looking forward to a lampooning of the 30ish dictator. He’s got an interest in popular culture that ensures his attention to the movie.
Quick no-spoiler synopsis: The CIA recruits two journalists (Rogen & James Franco) that landed an interview with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Their mission: kill Kim.
I’m actually more bummed about having to wait until December instead of October for the film. In reality, this is not a U.S. backing off in the face of North Korean bombast. Making the movie is a statement in itself. It’s more about Japan.
The film’s parent, Sony Japan is where the pressure is likely making an impact. Plenty of sensitive issues plague the Japan-North Korea relationship such as abductees, WWII atrocities, and nuclear ambitions. Living within range of an unstable dictatorship is something the Japanese live with each day.
But I wonder if acquiescing in the face of the usual North Korean tantrums about a film is the right move for Sony. What do members think? I’d be interested to hear from insider Rob Long whether this is as transparent as it seems.
Addendum: If you’d like a good chuckle, peruse NK’s official English language news service KCNA.