North Korea condemns recent portrayals in South Korean Media
North Korea has issued a statement via their state-controlled media websiteUriminzokkiri condemning current portrayals of North Korea and North Korean tradition in South Korean movies and TV dramas.
The assertion accuses South Korean media of participating in ‘wartime propaganda‘ and filling their ‘anti-Republic‘ movies and TV dramas with ‘fraud and fabrication‘.
It’s believed that two specific releases have prompted this response. The primary being the South Korean motion movie Ashfall (launched as Paektu Mountain in South Korea), which premiered in December 2019, and starred Lee Byung-hun, Ha Jung-woo and Bae Suzy.
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The plot of the movie revolves across the eruption of Mount Paektu, and entails the characters utilizing North Korea’s nuclear weapons to explode the mountain. Mount Paektu is a dormant volcano straddling North Korea and China. The mountain is revered as a sacred place in North Korean propaganda, as North Koreans are informed this was the birth place of first leader Kim Il-Sung.
The second launch that’s believed to have prompted the assertion is the romantic drama Crash Landing on You, starring Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin, which completed its eight week run in February 2020.
The drama follows a South-Korean lady who will get stranded in North Korea after a paragliding accident and runs right into a North-Korean officer. The drama exhibits scenes depicting every-day North-Korean life, in addition to army espionage, and has been praised for the accuracy of its portrayal by many critics. The drama’s writing staff included North-Korean defector Kwak Moon-wan who escaped his elite place within the North and fled to the South in 2004.
Crash Touchdown on You was launched internationally via the streaming website Netflix, and garnered a lot home acclaim, changing into the second-highest-rated Korean drama in cable tv historical past.
The assertion issued by Uriminzokkiri accuses South-Korean authorities of ‘praising and inspiring’ the distribution of those ‘disgusting anti-North-Korean‘ texts and thus damaging North-South relations.
The assertion concludes with a warning that ‘South-Korean authorities and their producers‘ will certainly ‘pay the worth of their villainous misconduct‘.