The Interview Becomes Top Rated Movie on Chinese Site Douban


The recent hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment and the subsequent terrorist threats made during the release of The Interview, a film dealing with the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by the CIA, led to heated reactions on the Internet. As a result, The film-rating site IMDB was flooded by fans driving this movie to the top of the rankings with a 10/10 perfect score, the highest on the site. Likewise, Chinese netizens joined in solidarity and The Interview was rated the highest score of 9.8/10 on the popular film database site Douban.


Comments on Douban:


This deserves 5 stars just by looking at the source material and trailer! Too bad the actor for Kim Jong-un doesn’t look like him…I don’t know how they are going film the local scenes, did they have to reconstruct the glorious capital of Pyongyang?


This first film that I rated before watching. Go die Kim Jong-un.


I’m only here to give my rating.


A film presented to the great Workers’ Party of Korea! Long live Marshal Kim Jong-un! Long live the great North Korean people!


I didn’t see the film, but in response to the IMDB campaign, I’ll give my full stars in support, we are so close to 10 stars on Douban.


This will be the last film made by Hollywood, perhaps it will be the last film made by mankind, and maybe it will lead to World War III.


Go die dictator.


The highest rated film on Douban is about to be born! And it is a film not even released yet!


All the drama that happened outside the film is already worthy of 5 stars.


Blow up Pyongyang, kill Kim Jong-un, liberate all of North Korea.


I heard it already got 10 stars on IMDB, Douban can’t lag behind, support this.


Perfect, the greatest film in history, all hail Sony.


I want to watch, I want to watch, I want to watch!!! If this film is not released then the terrorists have won!!!


Kim Jong-un is so adorable, why assassinate him?

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  • Irvin

    Everybody hates kim.

    • mr.wiener

      … but loves Raymond.

      • FYIADragoon

        And hates Chris.

        • jin

          But everyone loves tits.

          • diverdude7

            I’m an ass man…

          • Goofy

            So is Elton john

          • 내가 제일 잘나가

            Well done guys, this convo was great

  • KoreanPeninsulaProfessor

    I do not trust China Media. That China internet site could be Taiwan.

    • NeverMind


    • motherfker

      u idiot
      u probably come from north korea, that’s why you don’t trust.
      go travel around world instead of living behind your tiny screen.

  • Some guy

    Haha, don’t they feel stupid! By trying to blackmail Sony they have probably made the movie a best seller. Everyone wants to see it now.

    • Eurotrash

      North Korea denied responsibility for the Sony hack.

      • jin

        Then they really didn’t do it!
        It was probably a propaganda from Sony.

        • Eurotrash

          It’s propaganda from the U.S. –

          Leaked emails from Bruce Bennett, a senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation, to Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment say:

          “I believe that a story that talks about the removal of the Kim family regime and the creation of a new government by the North Korean people (well, at least the elites) will start some real thinking in South Korea and, I believe, in the North once the DVD leaks into the North (which it almost certainly will). So from a personal perspective, I would personally prefer to leave the ending alone.”

          That same day, Lynton responded saying that a U.S. government official completely backed Bennett’s assessment of the film.

          “Bruce – Spoke to someone very senior in State (confidentially),” wrote Lynton. “He agreed with everything you have been saying. Everything.” –

          • KamikaziPilot

            No surprise there. Being the most powerful in the world and with the most resources at their disposal, there are many ways the US can fight what it sees as undesirable situations around the world. The public will never have full knowledge of everything they’ve done behind the scenes to influence world affairs. Their propaganda machine is the most influential in the world, without a doubt.

          • Eurotrash

            No surprise to too few of us.

        • Goofy

          Without proof, people can say whatever they want on the Net. But you can never convince me that Sony would shoot itself in the foot. Especially all the personal and sensitive emails that were hacked. In 2006, a movie was made about killing President Bush. No big stink then.

      • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

        Of course you deny responsibility. When has a nation every accepted responsibility when they were caught red handed? I’ll answer that, never.

        • Z Kim

          What do you mean caught red-handed? They weren’t behind the hack, you moron. Where’s the proof?

          By now, it’s pretty obvious North Korea wasn’t behind it, or do you still think North Korea was behind the hacking?

          So in this case, North Korea told the truth, and the USA lied. Then again, nothing new for the USA to lie.

          • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

            And now the U.S denies responsibility. My point still stands.

            Thank you for your inane reply. Exits to your left. If you are still unsatisfied you may speak with the clerk for a partial refund.

  • Daniel

    Somehow it feels like Sony was behind all this just to make this huge hype around this movie. Its probably shit but I will see it anyways, once it makes its way to torrent.

    • satuon

      They won’t make any money from the free streaming, though…

      • Daniel

        Well I read now that the streaming won’t be free at all.

        • ikoihil

          I streamed it for free…

        • satuon

          Interesting, I didn’t know that.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Far more likely they were behind the revenge hack that shut down North Korea’s internet for a few hours. Wouldn’t be the first time they did a “Fuck you too” to hackers.

    • B*tches, Leave

      I think so too … especially after reading that one month before the hacking of Sony, Sony fired ~500 IT workers!
      Somehow they don’t mention this a lot during these “news” talks. Once again the national news find it more enjoyable to keep the public uninformed and in fear.
      It’s easier to imagine that those IT pranksters hacked their former employee and as a joke framed North Korea.
      Remember that one movie with the Nazi on the moon “Iron Sky”? Once the Nazis started to invade earth with them flying saucers, the world leaders started to point fingers at each other (especially India which has the swastika in their religion). Everyone was denying it were their flying saucers, nobody knew about these. Then the embassador of North Korea stood up and proudly lied “These belong to North Korea. Our great leader built them with his own hands!” – everyone in the room broke down in laughter, and the USA embassador, laughing hard with tears in his eyes, said “sit down, North Korea! This is serious!” X)))

      • Zen my Ass

        This is most likely what’s happened. I heard the hackers asked for money and when it was clear they wouldn’t have gotten any, the name North Corea appeared. They probably redirected the attack from NC and Sony went with the flow to save face and hide the truth.

    • biggj
      • Daniel

        There you go. Now lets see what the all fuss is about…

      • Rick in China

        I found it pretty funny. I’ll watch it again.

    • Irvin

      Haters gonna hate, ain’tus gonna ain’t.

  • FYIADragoon

    Norks aren’t aware that if you suppress something, people just want it more.

    • Alex Dương

      They don’t know who Barbara Streisand is.

      • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

        Nor do they know the Left 4 Dead effect. When boycotting something only makes it much more well known, thus increasing chances of others buying boycotted product.

  • Xman2014

    China knows how despicable Kim Jong Un is, yet China supports North Korea as an ally. That is what’s so despicable about it all. China even votes against and vetoes the passing of the Human Rights declaration on North Korea in the UN.

    • Alex Dương

      China supports North Korea because they don’t want a stream of North Korean refugees coming over if the country collapses.

      • Xman2014

        In other words, they’re putting off the inevitable as long as possible, so they supply North Korean regime with oil and support in the UN. As long as North Korean people die in North Korea, it is OK, but not on China’s backyard I guess.

        The refugee problem would be temporary phenomenon until North Korea goes back to their feet. It took South Korea only 20 years to get back on its feet again after the Korean War. But this would be far shorter for North Korea because South Korea and international investors like Jim Rogers are there, ready and waiting to foot the bills. The infrastructure projects would be massive, but short in duration. This is due to the fact that Korean peninsula is geographically small.

        I think the refugee problem is an excuse that China is using to make sure there is no democratic united Korea on its border.

        • Alex Dương

          South Koreans aren’t too keen on near-term unification either. And I don’t blame them because unification might cost $500 billion or more. I think you’re oversimplifying how costly and complex the process would take.

          • Claude

            Do a little research on North Korean defectors in South Korea. They are alienated by the South Koreans because they cant fit in. Some have returned to the North due to hardship. What’s wrong with that picture when you would return to a failed state rather than live in the South. An inability to adapt or alienation. Most likely both. I can’t imagine how many would pour over the border if they’re was unification and what a mess that would be.

          • Xman2014

            They didn’t return on their own. Either their families were held hostage in the North so they had to return under the threat, or they went to Chinese border to get their remaining families out of the north, but either got caught by North Korea or kidnapped inside China. Maybe you should a little better research.

          • Claude

            Maybe there was a back story but I’ve come across a several news pieces on the subject. No need to get surly.


          • Xman2014

            Can you name more than one unusual man out of 28,000 NK defectors in South Korea recently, who wants to go back?

            Your own link’s news report even admits (despite trying to sensationalize something that’s not there):

            “Son, though, is in a minority among defectors. Most savour the political and economic freedoms they daren’t have dreamed about while living in the North”

            Another quote which I have to absolutely blast this news reporter for:

            “But tightened security on the North Korea-China border and less sympathetic treatment by recent conservative governments in Seoul have stemmed the flow.”

            The North Korean defectors have become a trickle due to North Korea and China strengthening their border. Nothing to do with South Korean governments “stemming the flow”. How do they allegedly stem the flow? They can’t, and they don’t.

            But the conservative governments have done a lot more to bring the plight of North Korean defectors, including numerous diplomatic protests to China whenever North Koreans were getting deported to North Korea.

            Another quote:

            “After completing the Hanawon programme, each defector receives government subsidies of 20m won (£11,200) to find a home or a place at university, followed by monthly payments of 320,000 won for five years.”

            The article doesn’t even mention that they get subsidized government housing, and job training, as well as exemption from military draft and national university exams (they don’t have to take entrance exams, they will be accepted if they meet the minimum requirements). The monthly payments don’t dry up after five years. They can re-apply for state monthly support if they need to. The welfare payment and support is very generous considering that welfare for South Koreans can’t even match what the defectors receive, so don’t give us that BS that they’re left to fend for themselves.

            Only 4.3 percent of NK defectors are not happy in SK.


            Maybe he’s one of those 4.3%, but I don’t think there’s many like him who wants to go back to North Korea. There’s another man who did go back to North Korea, had a huge press conference staged by North Korea, then after few weeks, defected back again to South Korea, this time with is wife in tow. Lot of defectors are getting phone calls from North Korean agents in South Korea, telling them if they don’t go back, their families are not going to survive.

            Also not reported in that news report, Mr. Son owns a luxury car despite being bankrupt. When he arrived in 1997, NK settlement money was $50,000 far above what is now. He spent all his money getting into quick rich schemes which inevitably failed in frauds. He also got into debt living beyond his means, and the debt collectors were after all his assets. The man is bitter because he feels he’s unfairly in debt. But his own personal decisions were out of control of anybody in a free capitalist society. Also, a free capitalist state tries not to bail out people who are in debt.

            And top of it all, the man is dying. I guess it’s piling on for him, so he’s fed up. so he wants to go home to die. I say let him go home.

          • Xman2014

            That’s oversimplifying yourself. South Koreans don’t like the thought of the huge bill, but more Koreans, including the current government, are in favor of the unification, rather than against it. Plus the positives of the reunification far outweighs the short term negatives.

          • Alex Dương

            Talk is cheap. I can always say I support a given policy, but if I’m not willing to pay for the policy’s implementation, the policy is obviously not that important to me. Indeed, 45.8% of those polled in that survey I linked to felt that “while reunification is necessary, there’s no need to rush,” and 18% said it was “absolutely not necessary.”

          • Xman2014

            I don’t know what poll you’re looking at, but I suggest you read this article which mentions the national poll of South Korea which clearly states majority of South Koreans want reunification.


          • Alex Dương

            I linked to this article from KoreaBang about a recent poll in my first reply to you. A plurality of those polled would not pay anything additional for unification and see unification as necessary but aren’t in a hurry to complete it.

            They know how expensive and difficult the process will be. You make it seem like it’s not that hard.

          • Xman2014

            It’s not that hard. Because it’s been done before. South Korea is a proof. South Korea in 1953, was where North Korea is today. But this time, North Korea won’t be going it alone. They’ll have South Korea, plus the investors from US, China, Japan, Russia, you name it. For instance, all of the South Korean manufacturing companies in China can now be brought home to united Korea with far cheaper labour provided by North Koreans and ethnic Koreans from China. Because North Korea needs everything, even toothpaste, the industrial activities in South Korea and the neighboring countries needed to produce everything will be very high. It means the economic growth rates will be extremely high. Think of what America went through during the WWII war recovery. All we have to worry about is to pave the roads, lay down train tracks, build electricity plants, and other basic infrastructure projects, then the rest will naturally follow.

          • Alex Dương

            You say “it’s been done before.” OK, as a point of reference, West Germany was 10 times as wealthy as East Germany in 1990. Today, Eastern Germany is still behind Western Germany; it managed to go from 1/10th as wealthy to 2/3rds as wealthy.

            Now what about the Koreas? South Korea is 40 times as wealthy as North Korea is.

          • Xman2014

            So why does this all matter? What is your point exactly? It’s impossible for Koreas to do it? It can’t happen because you won’t allow it due to the costs? I said it’s been done before, by South Korea from 1953 and on. South and North Koreans are the same people. If South Koreans can do it, North Koreans can do it too. What makes you think North Koreans can’t do what South Korea did? Your point is?…

          • Alex Dương

            My point is that it’s a lot harder than you’re making it out to be. East Germans are the same as West Germans too. But 24 years after Germany reunited, Eastern Germany is still significantly behind Western Germany, and West Germany was “only” 10 times as wealthy as East Germany. South Korea is 40 times as wealthy as North Korea.

      • Irvin

        And machine guns don’t work no more?

        • Alex Dương

          You’d think the Hong Kong protests would’ve ended violently if the Chinese thought that way…

          • Irvin

            This isn’t a protest, it’s keeping aliens out. Ripley kept them aliens out with guns and flamethrowers in aliens one, two, three AND four!

      • Eidolon

        The biggest issue for China is not a North Korean refugees flood but the expansion of NATO. South Korea, as an ally of the US, is a satellite of NATO. Ukraine was about to become one, but Russia intervened in eastern Ukraine, and is now paying for it. Both Russia and China are worried about NATO expansion. They seek to undermine such processes wherever they’re able to.

        There’s no faith within Chinese political circles of South Korea’s ‘independence’ after Korean reunification. South Korea still harbors US bases in its own borders, and the alliance with the US isn’t going away any time soon. Given NATO’s US-led active expansion across the globe in the last 20 years, China, as Russia, are both deathly afraid of further encroachment. None of them want to be encircled by NATO.

        And thus North Korea, despite its continued loss of moral credibility, is preserved by the Chinese regime in the same way that various kleptocratic regimes in Central Asia and Eastern Europe is by Russia, and in the Middle-East by the US. It’s all sessions within the Great Game, and only naive fools who don’t see the board fail to understand the movement of the pieces.

    • Hank

      China is not the 1st nor will it be the last country with despicable allies.

      Do you think the North Korea regime will go peacefully and cease existing if China’s sudden stoppage in food & energy aids cause a sudden collapse in the regime?
      Do you think the 1 million KPA soliders that’s been brain washed all their lives will just put down their arms and play nice?
      The refugee problem will only be temporary until North gets back on its feet? It’ll take North Korea several decades of absolutely unparalleled GDP growth rates just to catch up to China’s current level, and several decades more to South Korea’s current level. As long as there’s a large gap in the income between North Korea and China & South Korea people will illegally crossover en-mass just like the Mexicans at the American border.

      Also it’ll take a helluva lot more than 20 years for North Korea to get back on its feet, just look at the former GDR. More than 20 years after reunification, the former East Germany is still 34% behind West Germany in per capita GDP & income, is still far behind in unemployment etc and the gap between East and West Germany at the time of reunification is MUCH MUCH MUCH smaller than the gap between North and South Korea (at time of reunification East Germany’s per capita was 63% of that of West Germanys, compared that to North Korea’s per capita GDP which is only about 5% of that of South Korea’s). Also let’s not forget while GDR was poor when compared to West Germany, its by no means a poor country it’s per capita GDP in current dollar terms is comparable to that of South Korea.

      • Xman2014

        The one million KPA soldiers, most of them will go quietly thanks to China’s pirated DVD’s, smuggled radio/tv’s, and cellphones. Most of North Korea already watches South Korean TV. Most of the KPA soldiers are in no condition to fight due to starvation and lack of manpower (so many have died since the 1990’s, they’re having problems finding people to fill the ranks). They don’t have running tanks, nor airplanes due to lack of parts and gasoline. And they spend most of their time, trying to find food or robbing North Korean people. Yes China by stop giving them a lifeline, disenchanted North Korean military will carry out a coup, and the new leadership could reform the country.

        The country only has 20 million people, but have vast deposits of natural resources. It will take 10 years for North Korea to get back on its feet, 15 years to bypass China’s per capita income which is currently only about 5 times of North Korea’s. Annual growth rates of 20% to 25% used to be normal for South Korea in the 1970’s. North Korea will have far better help than South Korea did, and North Korea has $9 trillion worth of natural resources that South Korea didn’t have when they were recovering. This is also strictly going by Germany’s example. It’s only been 25 years since the reunification of Germany, and they are now Europe’s most richest and economically powerful country. The GDP gaps between east and west that existed didn’t prevent this from happening.

        It’s those people who really don’t want to see the Korean unification, who uses this excuse that it’s impossible for the Korea’s to unite. Because they don’t want to see that happen, they keep emphasizing the fear.

        • takasar1

          the first paragraph is all mindless conjecture, how do you know all these ‘facts’? that most north koreans apparently watch south korean dramas, that most kpa soldiers are starved runts (especially strange seeing as we have it on reasonable authority to believe that a significant portion of the food is siphoned off to feed the kpa in order to maintain its loyalty), that china has disenchanted the nk elite and prevented them from carrying out a ‘coup’??

          yeah….half of what you wrote here is wrong…. “15 years” of course, that’s perfectly likely, what will the north’s growth rate be exactly, 50% a year?? “vast deposits of natural resources” sure they do. “9 trillion worth”, yeah right, resources (if they exist at all, seeing as no neutral global authority has ever conducted a land survey in the north) =/= economically proven reserves. you also miss the issue with regards to germany. the west was in a much better position than the south is now to accomodate its neighbour, the disparities were minor compared to what exists today in the korean peninsula. germany had the population and resources to be far larger than its neighbours and dominate them, korea has neither, even if unification occurs, its still an average sized fish in a pond of giants. an aging japan will still be 4-5 times larger, china is simply a wall they wont be able to climb over, india is around the corner and indonesia will likely start throwing its 250 + million man demographic weight around in a decade or two as well. on a per capita basis, the south gains nothing from absorbing the north, the incomes of south koreans won’t exactly be drastically different a decade down the line and geopolitically, the unification will be largely irrelevant, it wont really affect the power disparity that already exists in the asia-pacific.

          it seems more like koreaboos desire unification the most, especially given that actual koreans are far more cautious. everyone seems to want to root for the underdog, especially when big bad neighbours china and japan are acting so ‘evily’. this ‘fear’ that you talk about is quite baffling to me, who exactly is so scared of a unified korea? us naysayers couldn’t care less, it wont affect us if korea reunites, just dont expect korea to do anything in the next 2 decades apart from trying to assimilate and absorb the huge problem that they would have. lets just say that 500 billion would be a drop in the bucket.

    • takasar1

      china is allied to nk for the same reason that america supported the mujahideen, continues to support israel/saudi arabia etc. because it sees a use for them.

  • Claude

    The movie is up online if you know what I mean, hint hint. The torrent sites if you didn’t catch my drift.

    I’ll wait for the reviews. I thought This Is the End was pretty bad but I’m not 20 on drugs so maybe I give it a pass.

    • Irvin

      This ain’t a politically correct site, you can post torrent links if you want. We love piracy, it’s part of our culture.

  • vincent_t

    N.K is lucky that it is right next to China. If China isn’t worried about the stability at their borders, N.K would have gone by now, either wipe out by China or U.S.

    • Guest

      China is the only reason why North Korea exists today. No, NK citizens are not lucky that NK is right next to China. If it wasn’t for China secretly propping up North Korea, it wouldn’t exist by now due to all the sanctions and isolation. Notice that Chinese commentators ALWAYS make fun of North Korea and North Koreans, but NEVER criticize their own country for propping up North Korea continuously. Look in the mirror, your country is responsible for everything you see in North Korea. The excuse of stability at their borders is absolutely NO excuse because China is COMPLETELY responsible for the atrocities that continue to happen because they are more concerned with border stability and thumbing their nose at the US with North Korea since no one in East Asia even likes China.

      • takasar1

        wouldn’t be the first time an established great power uses a mole/proxy in an area where they have no friends. all the while pretending its for another reason. lol

      • vincent_t

        Wow my comment really gives you a helluva butt hurt huh, LOL.
        Look moron, which part in my comment argue that China is not supporting NK, and which part in my comment that I argue it is right for China to do so. I am simply pointing out 1 fact, China is supporting N.k simply because they want stability at their border.

        Oh wait, and which part of my comment tells you that I am a Chinese citizen? Seriously, learn to read before posting any reply.

        • Guest

          There’s no butt hurt due to your comments. There’s just not much sign of intelligence in the comments that were posted, moron, so maybe you need to learn to read before you insult other people. Reply to the facts in the comments and don’t cherry pick facts. What troll says “NK would have been wiped out by China if X happened.” Well China is the only reason why NK exists, so that negates your comment.

  • Probotector

    I can’t believe they capitulated to the threat so easily in the first place. America: ‘home of the brave…’ oh wait, no… not anymore.

    • Alex Dương

      Definitely wasn’t a highlight for us.

      • Xman2014

        Who’s “us”? I thought you’re Chinese, or on the side of China…

        • MeCampbell30

          Whoa! Who’s taking sides?

        • Probotector

          He’s Chinese-American, if that’s a genuine nationality.

          • Alex Dương

            ? You didn’t seriously just confuse ethnicity with nationality, did you?

          • Probotector

            Surely you are just American aren’t you?

          • Alex Dương

            We don’t have any constituent countries like the U.K. does, so I am “just American.” (I’m not from Texas or Hawaii either, which I suppose have the strongest state identities.)

        • Alex Dương

          I’m American. My ancestry is Chinese. Pointing out double standards and hypocrisies doesn’t make me “on the side of China” per se.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      So a Japanese company pulling up stakes and leaving its American branch to flounder reflects an entire nation because…

      • Probotector

        It wasn’t Japanese execs who made this decision, just because it’s Sony. Please stop with the ‘it’s a generalisation’ argument. It’s ironic because that’s a key lyric in your national anthem, and this is not the first time where yankies have surrendered to threats for their political incorrectness. I know other nation including my own do it too and are very adept at it, but that’s not the point of this article.

        • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

          Well this is still a poor example of it because the American branch’s decision stands in total opposition to the American government’s decision.

  • FYIADragoon

    The Interview is now available on YouTube POD, just FYI.

  • David Banos

    This movie was laugh-out-loud funny, am glad it was finally released

  • 42

    Amazing that everybody fell for this publicity stunt, that gotten a little out of hand and somewhat stirred up a diplomatic row. You do all know this was publicity right? It has all the signs written all over it! This sorry excuse of a movie would have never been noticed otherwise. That explains why the North-Koreans denied it has anything to do with the hack and were willing to coorporate on the investigation of the origin of the hack.

    Very sad that a movie plot basically entirely exists upon insulting another country and foreign head of state. The worst of it all, the movie insinuated on assassinating a foreign leader. Thats the most disgusting propagandist way of making a movie you can ever do, that even surpasses North-Koreans standards. In fact, no other country does such things.

    Only americans can make such an arrogant and disrespectful movie, and they are wondering why half the world hates them…duhh.

    What if North-Korea makes a movie about blowing up Obama? Then the U.S. military are ready and eager to have a pre-emptive strike invasion on North-Korea in an instant, with a trigger happy finger on the nuke button…..the hypocrites.

    • mr.wiener

      Whilst there are many Machiavellian plots out there, given the amount of human stupidity clearly visible in our world I’m prepared to accept this is not a publicity stunt.
      What Hollywood writer is his most stupor-ed drug haze could dream up a system like NK’s? I would not be in the least bit surprised if NK did produce a movie like the one you mentioned. Hustler magazine has already announced plans to make a “spoof” of “The interview”. The only thing that would surprise me would be if Dennis Rodman agreed to play Obama in either production :}

    • guest

      North Korea has a habit of kidnapping film directors, maybe Sony sho you of of kidnapped the real one instead!!!

    • terroir

      It sounds like whatever country you come from, you don’t make any movies whatsoever.

      So, like, Canada.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Actually North Korea has already made films involving the destruction of the U.S. Box office was pretty piss poor though so those were abandoned.

  • 42

    what would the reaction be? three words: no more loans.

    (or iphones)

    • Irvin

      Pay up dead beat!

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      And the U.S responds with no more property. Hide your dirty money elsewhere.

  • terroir

    Just watched The Interview, meaning that it was on in the background, so here is a mini-review from a guy who likely missed some key parts of the movie. I’ll put this in the form of a FAQ, since everyone knows the plot already:

    Is it funny or good?
    It’s standard Rogan/Franco fare. Did you like Pineapple Express? This movie has those two guys in those two roles. They’ve honed their schtick good, but it’s the formulaic kind of humor that is common in our sad times. Some good bits, but nothing to pee your pants over.

    Randall Park is outstanding as Kim. He lends the role a gravitas to make him a sympathetic character. Park extends a window into this character that is worthy of a better movie.

    Are there hotties? And are breasts involved?
    Yes, and yes. Of the capitalist and communist female agent hottiies, the latter is better. And the former even looks like Zooey Dechanel.

    Is it insulting to North Korean? Is this US propaganda?
    Yes, on both counts. While this film hums along on the stoner antics of Rogan/Franco, it takes a turn at the end when it veers completely into USA wish fulfillment. I get that this movie needs to have a “happy ending”, but it could have been much better to be more subtle and keep painting with subtleties they were doing with Kim during the middle.

    [Spoilers here on in] They honestly didn’t have to kill Kim, nor have him die in a Hollywood way. If that’s what you want to see with your popcorn, fine, but there’s a much better movie lurking here underneath this. With it being so overt, this film can be easily dismissed whereas something more subversive could have been hilarious and so much more effective.

    Is China in this movie?
    Yup. Rogan goes to China, boards a train, and we see a montage that every chuckle-puck laowai has to smile through everyday of their life. As its Rogan, it’s easier to stomach.

    Is this movie racist?
    You can answer this yourself. It’s offensive in that there are a lot of insults made at Asians throughout. Kung fu stances, “I’m saw solly”, mentions of dog eating… The movie’s characters can be stupid without pandering to this line.

    Am I a hero and defender of free speech and freedom for watching this movie?

    And stuff that didn’t fit in anywhere:
    * Was shot in Canada. Damn, Canada is beautiful. And desolate.
    * “They hate us because they anus!”
    * All that gay subtext between Rogan and Franco from their other movies? Comes out in the open here, but was in need of a climax more so that the Kim third act. Still, many blowjob-miming scenes that are worthy of GIFs, coming soon to a internet near you.
    * Did I mention that Diana Bang is the North Korean agent, and she’s super sexy? She’s like 40, and has an awesome rack.
    * More rolled “R’s” in this movie than a joint made out of pirates.

  • terroir

    It’s a movie with a fool-proof premise that everyone would want to watch.

    Why would a Chinese ever turn down the chance to practice his English with a laowai?

  • hang

    This really lifts my hope for China’s future. It really shows how Chinese aren’t fooled one bit by their state media propaganda (which is extremely supportive of Fatty Kim III).

    • vincent_t

      er, u sure the state media choose side with Kim? the last time i read i sense a lot of resentment in the article about Kim wanna launch full scale attack on US. But i could be wrong, coz i hardly read the Chinese newspapaer

    • Guest

      I’m not as convinced you are, because I haven’t seen that many comments severely criticizing their country for allowing NK to exist, and allowing all the atrocities to continue, even now at the end of 2014. I think they enjoy mocking Kim and North Koreans in the same way that Westerners mock Kim’s haircut or clothing, but there’s just little deep introspection about their country’s central role in this human rights tragedy.

    • cb

      Nope, au contraire, NK is already kind of a running joke for the Chinese media, and when it’s not treated as a joke, it’s portrayed negatively (even at Xinwen Lianbo), specially about the nuclear issue.

  • David

    I just watched the movie. It is what you expect. Funny in a sophomoric way. Lots of swearing, some brief nudity, some very funny jokes and some inside Korean humor that does not work if you don’t know Korea. Cute, dumb adult movie.

    • Sam

      I’ve seen it too and would totally agree. There are highlights and lowlights to the movie, some parts are legitmately really funny and some are cringe worthy. And I would agree you do need some knowledge of North Korea or you aren’t going to get some of the stuff (nothing essential to the plot or even script, really just background stuff and certain situations).

      I’d recommend seeing it, but not going out of your way to do it.

  • Guest

    There would never be a film like that by the Jewish leaders in Hollywood because China is a huge box office market. Remember the movie “Red Dawn” (2011) where the “foreign villains” invading the “brave Americans” were supposed to be Chinese but then changed to North Koreans in post-production because they were concerned about losing box office revenue in China. You’ll also never see Jews make a movie about assassinating Netanyahu or make a film mocking Israel or Jews in general. So all this belly aching you’re heard about “freedom of speech” in Hollywood is nonsense because they purposefully self-censor themselves. There really is nothing courageous about Hollywood – they’re just mocking a small country (however bad it may be, is irrelevant) with no box office market.

  • Guest

    If they hate him, why are they the only government that supports him? The Chinese are two faced – they will verbally “support” or “condemn” the US or South Korea on issues ranging from human rights to cyber attacks, but behind the scenes, it’s support for North Korea.

  • Chris

    how team america slipped under the radar is more and more baffling. not even a fatwa let alone north korean butthurt whining.

    • mistertibbs4u

      The same way Simpsons, Family Guy, Boondocks, American Dad and the like get away with it…

      … animation never appears to offend (or is paid attention to) as much.

      • hurr durr

        But those ‘cartoons’ of a certain founder of a religion got a bit of a response.

        • mistertibbs4u

          You’re right about that… it always felt like they had a personal axe to grind about Mormons… and then David became Goliath… they released a friggin musical (which won like 9 Tony awards) and then the Mormons eventually started purchasing advertising space in their bill! ( I guess if you can’t beat ’em… join ’em)

          “You know, in ’73… Kiss was opening for Blue Oyster Cult. One year later to the DAY, man… Blue Oyster Cult was opening for Kiss.”

  • Jax88

    Even water world will get 9 out of 10 in China. Says enough I think…

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  • JayJay

    Why this film is such a fuss but when Red Dawn was edited to change the villan from China to NK no one was bothered about it? Is it because it was OK to do a invasion of US film than assassination of Kim the 3rd?

  • da_shan223

    Movie was good enough. Takes last place in when ranked against other seth rogan/james franco bromance movies but still funny. The moral of the story seemed to be that both the US and North Korea are bullies, but at least the US has food stamps or something like that. Can’t remember. Was entranced by franco’s alluring crows feet. Happy that the Asian actress didn’t have overtly caucasianized features.

  • Smith_90125

    When “Death of a President” came out in 2007, people got pissy because it talked about George Bu**sh** being dead by assassination. It didn’t advocate his murder, it talked about it in the past tense; the film was set years in the future, and the assassination was portrayed as a “historical event”; the rightwing in the US flipped out. When a man joked about “god will make a burning Bush”, he got three years in a US jail – he didn’t tell people to burn Bu**sh**, he said “god” would do it. And just a week ago, some asshole posted an “erotic fiction” story that advocated the rape of a woman who made a video game, a woman who spoke out against sexism in the gaming industry.

    Stories that involve killing fictional beings (in real jobs) can’t be mistaken as calls for violence. But talking about or portraying the killing of living people crosses that line; threatening murder is a crime in every country, even if said in parody. Saying that is not defense of brutal dictators (e.g. Kim or Bu**sh**). It only requires admitting that words have consequences and effects. Joking about or portraying the killing of people who are already dead doesn’t qualify (e.g. making a movie portraying the assassination of Kim Jong-Il or Hinckley successfully killing Ronald Reagan).

    “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”
    – Ronald Reagan, August 11, 1984, telling a “joke” which nearly started a nuclear war

  • The movie is pure stupidity. James Franco goes from crap to crap

  • Lexi Belle

    I find KJU now cute and cuddly because of this movie.