Previously banned comedy 'The Interview' called 'no drama and not much fun' by Asian press
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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
12/26/2014 (4 years ago)
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"The Interview," a black comedy involving the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was pulled by Sony Pictures after alleged North Korean hackers released compromising emails from the company. There was a great hue and cry, and Sony Pictures decided to go ahead and release the film . Chinese and South Koreans got a look at "The Interview" through illegal downloads. One reaction pegged the film as "no drama and not much fun."
Seth Rogen and James Franco star in the controversial, banned comedy, "The Interview."
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Hundreds of thousands of people in China and South Korea have watched illegal downloads of "The Interview" this week. Not yet released overseas, the film isn't scheduled to hit Asian theaters. Thanks to Internet downloads, more than 300,000 people in China have now seen the film.
South Korea remains technically at war with the North, and China, which is a North Korean ally -- but where Kim Jong Un a most unpopular figure, the film didn't get a very enthusiastic response.
"The Interview" got largely indifferent reviews in South Korea.
"A lot of it is unrealistic and the people who play North Koreans are so bad at speaking Korean," a viewer wrote on online portal Naver. "In the scene where Kim Jong Un gets mad...I couldn't quite understand what he was saying."
On the Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo, a viewer reacted to the North Korean claim that the film was an "act of terror;" "An act of terror? I think only 'Fatty Kim' should be feeling any danger."
The New York Times found that the film had mostly favorable reviews in China. "Perfect, the greatest film in history, all hail Sony," read one online comment.
On the Chinese Internet movie database, Douban, The Times reported, the film has an 8.0 rating, with more than 10,000 people posting reviews.
While the depiction of a real world head of state being assassinated can be debated on various issues, there are also moments that are surprisingly smart and politically astute.
In "The Interview," Seth Rogen and James Franco, as celebrity interviewer and aspirant hard news producer invited to question Kim Jong Un on live TV, openly ask why the country can spend billions of dollars on a nuclear weapons program but needs $100 million in United Nations aid each year to feed its people.
"Think of the movie as Chernobyl for the digital age. Just as the nuclear catastrophe in the Soviet Union and the dangerously clumsy efforts to hide it exposed the Kremlin's leadership as inept and morally bankrupt, overseeing a superpower rusting from the inside, so does 'The Interview' risk eroding the myths, fabrications and bluster that keep the Kim dynasty in power," reviewer Rick Klein writes.
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