North Korea was none-too-happy with Sony’s satire The Interview, which may have led to the biggest cyber attack the world has seen to date. But that doesn’t mean the Seth Rogen/James Franco movie won’t get a North Korea release. It’s just going to be the weirdest release we’ve ever heard of.
THR reports free DVD copies of The Interview will rain on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea courtesy of the Cinema for Peace Foundation. The group’s founder and chairman, Jaka Bizilj, announced a plan nearly as wild as The Interview itself:
“We will start sending hydrogen balloons with DVDs of The Interview to North Korea so that the people there can watch the movie. They can copy the movie and have their own impression if it’s a good or bad movie. Because for us, it’s not a question of whether it’s good or bad; no matter if you like something or not, you have to fight for freedom to exercise this art.”
The Interview drop is also supported by the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, some South Korean activists and “even an individual in North Korea.”
On one level, this sounds like an inventive and fun way to support freedom of speech in North Korea. But on a less naive level, it’s fucking dangerous.
Considering the movie itself is about making Kim Jong Un seem less divine and more human, this is a potentially revolutionary action. Cinema For Peace knows this, purposely hiding details about when and where the drop will happen. Even Bizilj has admitted, “The army will stop anyone even picking up a copy of the DVD.” Meaning Cinema for Peace Foundation’s actions could lead to real life violence. But hey, free DVDs from the sky, pretty cool, right?
Notably, Sony is not mentioned in connection with this balloon-drop release.