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DPRK calls murder film 'act of terror'

[ 2014-06-27 13:41] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Wednesday denounced a new Hollywood movie about an assassination bid on leader Kim Jong-un as a "wanton act of terror" and warned of a "merciless response" unless the US authorities banned the film.

The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two tabloid TV journalists who land an interview with Kim in Pyongyang and are then tasked by the CIA with killing him.

The film is due to be released in the United States on Oct 14.

In a statement carried by the DPRK's Korean Central News Agency, a foreign ministry spokesman said the film was the work of "gangster moviemakers" and should never be shown.

"The act of making and screening such a movie that portrays an attack on our top leadership ... is a most wanton act of terror and act of war, and is absolutely intolerable," the spokesman said.

In the statement, he called on the US administration to ban the film from being screened and warned that failure to do so would trigger a "resolute and merciless response".

Rogen poked fun at the threat on Twitter, writing: "People don't usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they've paid 12 bucks for it".

It is not the first time Hollywood has poked fun at a DPRK leader.

In the 2004 satirical action comedy Team America, Kim's father Kim Jong-il was portrayed as speech-impaired and isolated.

In the official trailer for The Interview, a CIA officer calls Pyongyang the "most dangerous country on earth".

Played by Korean-American actor Randall Park, Kim appears in the trailer as overweight, cigar-chomping and surrounded by security guards.

The scenes set in Pyongyang were filmed in Vancouver.

In a recent interview with Yahoo Movies, Rogen, who co-wrote the script, said the idea for the film came out of a discussion over how journalists with access to world leaders might have the opportunity to act as assassins.

"We read as much as we could that was available on the subject. ... We talked to people in the government whose job it is to associate with North Korea, or be experts on it," Rogen said.

(中国日报网英语点津 Julie 编辑)

DPRK calls murder film 'act of terror'

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DPRK calls murder film 'act of terror'

Lance Crayon is a videographer and editor with China Daily. Since living in Beijing he has worked for China Radio International (CRI) and Global Times. Before moving to China he worked in the film industry in Los Angeles as a talent agent and producer. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington.