Five films North Korea should declare war on

By Russell Baillie

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: This new movie of Seth Rogen and James Franco's is just killing him.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: This new movie of Seth Rogen and James Franco's is just killing him.

The new Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy about an assassination plot on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has been labelled a "most wanton act of terror and act of war" by the regime.

But it's not the first time the beloved leader, his late father Kim Jong-Il or North Korea itself has been made either the bad guys or a punchline.

Here's five other flicks the Democratic People's Republic have every right to be upset about ...

(Warning: some clips may contain violence, explicit language)

Team America: World Police

(2004)

The puppet spoof by the guys who brought us South Park was always going to be number one in this list. It depicted Kim Jong-Il as a mad villain with a fingernails-down-the-blackboard singing voice who is eventually revealed to be alien cockroach named "Gyron". The film caused a diplomatic incident in the Czech Republic when the North Korean Embassy in Prague asked it to be banned there. No rockets were fired however.


Die Another Day

(2002)

The sort-of New Zealand contribution to anti-North Korean sentiment was Lee Tamahori's Bond film which had Pierce Brosnan in his last 007 turn captured and tortured for a year by a NK military commanded by father and son despots, General and Colonel Moon.

Bond is eventually exchanged for North Korean agent Zao, who, having suffered a face full of embedded diamonds in 007's earlier assasination attempt on Moon jnr, is surgically altered to become a British bloke who likes a spot of fencing down at his private club.

Brosnan then kite-surfs a giant wave back into North Korea on a mission to knock out the killer satellite which is going to laser beam the minefields between North and South which will allow the North to liberate Asia from its democratic chains and permit the world's surfers to head to the beaches which had previously been very much locals-only.


Salt

(2010)


Another graduate of the what doesn't kill you make you stronger theory of North Korean imprisonment as character-building device was Angelina Jolie's CIA double agent Evelyn Salt who is freed in a prisoner exchange at the start of the film after her boyfriend kicks up a stink in Washington. What she was doing in North Korea was a mystery. Possibly something to do with adoption?


White House Down

Olympus Has Fallen

(2013)


Two attacks in the White House in one year? Who's that committed? Only the glorious commando forces of North Korea. Okay, White House Down's NK villain connections weren't overt but they sure were in Olympus Has Fallen. Both films helped make heavily armed North Koreans the New Arabs of Hollywood shoot 'em ups.

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