One man was so hell-bent on giving North Korean citizens the chance to see The Interview that he tried to smuggle thousands of DVDs and USB copies of the comedy over the border. Unfortunately, he was stopped just 12 miles short of his destination, and he’s now been placed under arrest for his efforts.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the name of the perpetrator is Park Sang-hak, who actually defected from North Korea all the way back in 1998. Sang-hak has gained quite the reputation since defecting, as he is believed to be the top target on North Korea’s "hit list." In fact Sang-hak, who has now been given the impossibly cool nickname of "enemy zero," even survived an assassination attempt several years ago. Which is why it’s slightly odd that he’s tried to get back into trouble to aid a James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy that, for the most part, isn’t even that funny.
The South Korean police intervened because The Interview revolves around an attempt by two American journalists, played by James Franco and Seth Rogen, to assassinate the current Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un. And just in case you didn’t hear, it caused quite a stir across the globe last December.
Reports have revealed that Park Sang-hak got to within a dozen miles of the border when South Korean police stopped him. Park Sang-hak had orchestrated for several trucks to be packed with 2,000 DVD and USB copies of The Interview. But the clever swine didn’t stop there, because he’d also planned for hydrogen balloons to enter North Korea and drop 300,000 leaflets, alongside American music and various other bits of media.
Unfortunately, it’s not known which American music he tried to drop into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, but if he was trying to continue The Interview theme of his smuggling then it was hopefully Katy Perry’s "Firework".
These 10 balloons were due to be set off by a group of activists for The Human Rights Foundation. After Park Sang-hak was arrested though the head of The Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen, and his posse were instead met with extreme resistance from the South Korean police. The officers insisted that they were a danger, and then threatened to arrest them. Once the situation defused the protestors then unveiled a large poster of Kim Jong Un and then proceeded to stamp all over his face, which they then complimented with speeches denouncing the North Korean government. A simple, but nevertheless effective way to prove your point.
But it also sounds as if there could be even more to this story over the next few hours, because Halvorssen, who was joined by representatives from six other countries, told THR, "The sun rises tomorrow. And we have a plan." If it involves an acoustic guitar and folk songs about how mean Kim Jong Un is then I’ll be very disappointed.