Smuggling The Interview Into North Korea?

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Has any other movie in history caused such drama like The Interview has? Maybe one of you know…

One of the bigger stories to end 2014 had to do with North Korea supposedly being involved in hacking Sony due to being offended over the movie The Interview. After a variety of threats the movie was pulled from theaters and nobody knew what would become of it.

To my surprise, The Interview became available for download and was even released in some theaters around the US.

Then North Korea blamed the US for their internet shut down and you wouldn’t believe what they called President Obama.

I haven’t seen the movie and am not so sure that I ever will. If you’ve seen The Interview, I’d love to hear what you thought about the film. Was all of the fuss made over it really worth it for North Korea ?

You have to assume that some North Koreans would like to see The Interview. Don’t they have a right to understand what the new problems with the US are being caused by. (This is assuming that the news of this incident even spread in North Korea.)

According to Mashable, “activists are trying to smuggle bootleg copies of The Interview into North Korea by land and by balloon”. However, a big penalty comes with being caught for watching the movie- possibly spending time in a detention camp.

The article goes on to say that “digital copies of The Interview are probably scarce and could take days to download and smuggle across the border between China and North Korea”.

A digital  copy of The Interview would also come with a high price although they weren’t sure what a bootleg copy would go for.

I don’t know about you, but if I was living in North Korea I doubt that I would take any risk of getting into trouble just to watch a movie.

Find out more about the story from Mashable here.

5 thoughts on “Smuggling The Interview Into North Korea?

  1. Kind of a random questions, but how would the average North Korean even be able to watch the movie? I can’t imagine VCR, DVD-player, TV, and/or computers are commonplace there.

    1. People smuggle in dvd players and other electronics into North Korea, They are not common place but their are large underground communities that sell “contraband goods.” I am 100% sure that this movie will be reverberated loudly in N. Korea because enough North Korea’s will see it and people gossip.

  2. “I don’t know about you, but if I was living in North Korea I doubt that I would take any risk of getting into trouble just to watch a movie. ”
    Especially this movie ! All the jokes are based on butt holes, pooping and sexual orientation. They lucky they had all this free promotion about their movie! It was horrible watching it!

  3. North Korea is a closed country where the people get absolutely no information from news sources outside the country. They barely have enough food and I’d be surprised if they had DVD players. They definitely do not have access to internet unless you are a select few who have special clearance, and the people there can’t make phone calls or have contact with anyone outside the country. All visits from outsiders are supervised by government officials and outsiders are shown only what they want shown. They are brainwashed into thinking they have it better than everywhere else in the world. And yes, they can be put into detention camps for even trying to see or have contact with anything outside North Korea. It’s astounding to me how little the world knows about how the people there live. I doubt the citizens there know anything about “The Interview” or the controversy.

  4. JimC- Good points and kind of what I thought. I wonder if most North Koreans even have a clue about the movie and what is going on due to it. The article says that demand for the movie would probably come from those connected to the government. So wer’re not talking about the average citizen being interested in this. They also thought the movie could be snuck in on USB sticks.

    neilaz- Thanks for the info! I haven’t seen and don’t plan to see it although I am a bit curious about it!

    cj- North Korea sure does sound like a crazy place. Haven’t been there so I can only judge based on what I’ve read or have been told. Like I stated above, it sounds like anyone interested in watching the movie would most likley have some sort of government connection.

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