Thursday, July 07, 2005
North Koreans find government spy movie totally unbelievable . . .
The movie is about a North Korean spy captured during the early part of the Korean War and held by the South Koreans for over forty years. The spy and 62 other communists refused offers of amnesty and citizenship from the South Korean government and were repatriated to North Korea in 1993.
The North Koreans welcomed the spy as a hero. A great movie was made celebrating his ordeal.
And that's where the believability factor comes in.
You see, during his imprisonment, this spy engaged in hunger strikes. Average North Korean audiences, many of whom have personally experienced malnutrition or known people who died from starvation, found the concept of refusing a meal totally beyond belief.
Couple that with the unrealistic idea that someone could be in prison, have access to three meals per day and adequate healthcare, and survive for more than ten years, and, well, you have a movie that just can't resonate with the average Pyongyanger.
Strange, but true.