South Korean activist to drop off copies of “The Interview” to North Korea with balloons

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Determined to break down North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s personality cult, a South Korean activist has vowed to send as many copies of Sony’s controversial parody movie “The Interview” as possible to North Korea.

Park Sang-hak, a defector from North Korea, said he planned to launch 100,000 DVDs and USBs of the movie to the North using balloons filled with hydrogen. US-based NGO Human Rights Foundation is the organization financing the operation, he pointed out.

He added the scheduled launch of the first batch will be held January 20 next year if weather conditions are good, with more launches to be done by March.

Photo Credit: Western Morning News
Photo Credit: Western Morning News

As to the purpose of the operation which could potentially inflame tensions between the two Koreas, Park said he wanted to destroy Kim’s personality cult.

With Kim’s personality cult broken, the regime will eventually crumble, he said.

However, it is not clear if the plan will be effective since a vast majority of North Koreans—impoverished by decades of isolation—do not even own DVD players and computers. Such items, which usually cost as much as a normal worker’s three month salary, are also heavily screened by the government.

South Korean residents living in border towns are also against the idea for fear of being caught in the crossfire.

Sony’s movie, a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is centered on an assassination attempt on Kim’s life by the CIA.

The movie received much criticism from Pyongyang which has vowed “merciless attacks” against Sony and any theater showing it.

Sony was also hacked by the “Guardians of Peace,” a group believed to have ties with the North.

While the US cancelled the movie’s theatrical release, it could still be purchased online and has currently grossed $15 million, making it Sony’s most successful online movie to date.