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Most Americans don’t know how much of a threat North Korea poses not just to America, but also to its own people. Seth Rogen’s film uses comedy to give Americans a view of daily life in the dictatorial regime.
Much has been written about North Korea’s hacking Sony over the release of The Interview. The movie itself has received mixed reviews. Like other Seth Rogen films, it is laced with four-letter words and their multisyllabic variations, as well as with crude references to sex, again, in all their variations. Yet the film is a must-see.
National-security specialists, notably those who focus on northeast Asia, probably can recite the sins of Pyongyang in their sleep. The average American, on the other hand, is probably not aware of the extent to which the hermit kingdom poses as much of a threat to its own people as it does to the free world. Most Americans have little sense of the extent to which Kim Jong-un and his cronies have continued his family’s long-standing tradition of starving its own people. But viewers who see children dragooned into mindless recitations of Kim’s greatness, who are shocked by the characters in the mini-orchestra that plays for the dictator and his cronies, and who are treated to scenes that contrast Kim’s opulence with the poverty that marks daily life in North Korea, will absorb its message far more easily than they would from any Fox News or CNN telecast.