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Now that The Interview has actually been released to the world, a lot of people have decided to take the opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. And early figures surrounding the film’s release have revealed that the inhabitants of Asia have been watching the comedy in droves.
According to Deadline, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's The Interview has been viewed at least 300,000 times on one online platform in China. It has also been confirmed that citizens across South Korea have been watching the film in the thousands too. However, as the film was only made legally available in the United States of America on Wednesday, those who have watched it in these regions have illegally downloaded it. TorrentFreak confirmed on Friday afternoon that The Interview has so far been watched over 750,000 times across the globe. And that was just in the first 20 hours after it was released.
Despite the fact that The Interview revolves around two hapless American journalists’ attempt to assassinate the Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, viewers have been quick to note that they only felt the need to watch the film out of curiosity. In fact, the cyber hacking of Sony and its employees has only increased the intrigue surrounding the comedy, according to reports. For the uninformed, this came to a head last week when the posse behind the hack, who call themselves the Guardians of Peace, issued a threat to America that insisted terrorist attacks would be carried out in cinemas that showed The Interview. Dozens of distributors soon decided not to screen the film, so Sony released it online instead. This was of course only after they had been roundly chastised for insisting that they wouldn’t release The Interview at all in any fashion.
The funny thing is though, if The Interview. had simply been released without all of the current hyperbole and furor that came with the hack, it almost certainly wouldn’t have generated the same amount of press and attention. It now appears as if this attempted block was all for nothing anyway, because experts now believe that The Interview is already in North Korea. Seo Jeong-nam, a film professor who has previously conducted research on North Korean propaganda at South Korea’s Keimyung University, recently told Bloomberg, via Deadline:
The biggest headache for Kim is that a memory stick the size of a fingertip can now go into the country carrying a dozen foreign-made films … North Korans watching films smuggled from China has become an irreversible trend."
And if North Koreans do end up finally watching The Interview, it will be interesting to see what they’re more enraged by; the merciless mocking and assassination of Kim Jong-un or the repeated dick and ass jokes.