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Movie Night with Kim

Since it seems Kim Jong-un has been handed Hollywood’s remote control, how’s about we look at a few films the little wiggler *does* approve of.

The above is a still from the gripping drama A Traffic Controller on Crossroads (the link goes to YouTube, full movie with subtitles). I excerpted this synopsis from the blog DPRK Video Database (he kindly put a spoiler alert on it):

…the traffic woman gives a presentation on traffic safety to local citizens, who appreciate her advice. There’s lots of scenes with the man and woman deliberating over what to do. The traffic woman begins to wonder whether she should have gone into rhythmic gymnastics. She eventually speaks to her supervisor, who talks about how she let another young driver slide on traffic regulations, which resulted in a terrible accident. Later, the chauffeur of the head of the Research Institute violates a no parking zone. The traffic woman chastises him, and the head of the Research Institute goes back later to make a formal apology.

Or if romantic comedy is more your thing, how about Urban Girl Comes to Get Married. It’s like Tammy’s in Love. Only, not.

Okay, you know what? Hong Kil Dong is actually a pretty awesome kung fu movie, in the tradition of low budget Eighties kung fu movies. I love that shit.

Check the DPRK Video Database blog linked above or the sidebar of any of the linked videos for more zany Korean film goodness. But if you want to see the Kim Jong-un death scene from The Interview, you’ll have to skip around and chase it yourself. That thing’s getting pulled offline as fast as it goes up.


Comment from mojo
Time: December 18, 2014, 11:13 pm

“Takahashi offers to donate his blood as well, but the doctor diagnoses him as insane with schizophrenia.”

As they will.

Comment from ed
Time: December 18, 2014, 11:16 pm

1. I’m waiting for a movie starring a Vietnamese-Chinese man with the hyphenated surname “Ding-Dong”. 🙂

2. You hear about “Comfyballs”? An Australian company selling men’s underwear wanted a US trademark for their product. Got denied for some ridiculous reason.

Makes me want to wear a t-shirt that proudly proclaims “I’ve got Comfyballs!”. lol.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: December 18, 2014, 11:18 pm

I stop by DPRK’s website regularly—the outrage over perceived insults is just magnificent. That and the floral baskets of honor and affection from obscure communists. Growing flowers may be the biggest industry in North Korea. Though a Hollywood comedy about assassinating the Glorious Leader is no longer perception. I wonder how many strokes that news caused.

Let me recommend (again) novelist James Church, who writes about North Korea. Not too many people writing fiction about a country created on fiction. Church’s police “Inspector O” is a master at keeping his head while not quite bowing down in reverence for the Kims.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: December 18, 2014, 11:53 pm

Oh man, the foley work in that Hong Kil Dong movie is… uh something.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: December 18, 2014, 11:57 pm

Leaving aside discussions of corporate cowardice [not unexpected and maybe to a certain degree rational] and American media hypocrisy [definite, because while they claim to be bold and edgy; the only people they will attack mercilessly are middle to lower class whites because they are sure that there will be no retaliation]; there is another thing being overlooked.

In this kind of attack, the possibilities for a false flag operation are endless.

Yes, this may be the Norks being mickle-pissed because the Emmantaler Addicted One gets “death by Munga-Munga” in the movie. But what if it isn’t.

What if the regime in Capitol City has a hard on for someone at Sony for not paying up? The NSA has more skills for such operations than the Norks.

What if another studio wants to put a crimp in Sony’s action?

What if, sometime in the future, some Conservative group decides it has had enough of some Leftist piece of organic end product on TV or movies?

What if some other sovereign nation decides to engage in fecal agitation with two countries that don’t like each other [pick your pair?]

Hacking like this is international. It can be based anywhere and attack anywhere and not be easily traceable. And the primary US investigation agency is itself neither trustworthy nor necessarily uninvolved. Kind of like a knife-fight with multiple enemies in a pitch dark room.

One other thought. Let us say that you are on the National Security Council of the Republic of Korea. That’s South Korea, our allies. Already, watching our regime, you have grave doubts, reasonable doubts, whether the US will fulfill its obligations under the defense treaty if South Korea is attacked by North Korea, China, or Russia. To be honest, our regime has a lot more in common with them than South Korea.

Now, after watching Obama’s regime mealy mouth and capitulate along with Obama’s media allies and donors when the Norks do a cyber attack; how much are you going to depend on an American response, and how much are you going to weigh alternatives? And there is a range of alternatives.

Happy Days!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: December 19, 2014, 12:23 am

I dunno. Doesn’t seem a noticeably weaker storyline than those of most Hollywood or British movies these days.

And as for relentless political propaganda, is Hollywood joking? It’s been shilling for Comrade Gramsci for 50 years. And before anyone says it – yes, the UK industry is even worse.

A pox on all their houses.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 19, 2014, 12:23 am

I don’t totally blame Sony for pulling the film. Had something awful actually happened, what could they say afterward? I totally blame Paramount for not letting that Texas theater run Team America.

By the way, I managed to catch one iteration of the Death Scene before it was pulled. Fun little 30 seconds of CGI but not worth a lot of effort to find.

Comment from Algy
Time: December 19, 2014, 2:14 am

Not to be a pedant, but you mean jong-un not jong-il. I know, seen one Nork, seen em all.

Comment from mojo
Time: December 19, 2014, 3:02 am

I would just point out that Sony Pictures was laying off large numbers of comp techs and managers just last January.

But it probably doesn’t mean anything.

Still, if somebody starts salivating for an end-to-end encryption system for the innerwebs, I will be a mite suspicious.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: December 19, 2014, 5:04 am

This whole thing has tweaked my paranoia. I hope it was just a disgruntled former employee and not some evil political conspiracy to start WWIII.

Damn interlink is making me crazy. Need to find another hobby.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: December 19, 2014, 1:40 pm

From what I can tell in the pic, “Traffic Woman” looks cute. So I had a look at the movie on YouTube. Like American filmmakers, the Norks seem to choose attractive people, at least the females, to appear in their films. (Understand, I’m not complaining. The last thing I want to see in a movie are people who look like the audience around me.)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 19, 2014, 2:34 pm

You’re quite right, Algy. Fixed, thanks.

Comment from CrabbyOldBat
Time: December 19, 2014, 7:51 pm

Ministries of propaganda – um, I mean art – are always the same.


Comment from CrabbyOldBat
Time: December 19, 2014, 7:52 pm

Also, this one.


Comment from Veeshir
Time: December 20, 2014, 10:36 pm

I prefer Kim Jong Kg.

Comment from Telma
Time: December 25, 2015, 11:56 pm

Your answer lifts the inltceigenle of the debate.

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