South Korean activist Park Sang-hak has alerted the media that he's planning to drop 100,000 DVDs and USB devices containing the movie The Interview into North Korea sometime later this month. Sang-hak is a North Korean defector who partnered up with the Human Rights Foundation, a U.S.-based non-profit that's financing production of DVDs and USBs containing the movie with Korean subtitles.
The move is expected to infuriate North Korea, which the FBI said is responsible for the massive cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment last month. Though some have questioned the evidence and whether or not North Korea was actually involved in the attack, U.S. officials contend that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his regime did in fact play a role, and that it was motivated by The Interview.
Why all the fuss over a movie? The Interview is a comedy that centers around a CIA-sanctioned assassination attempt against Kim Jong-un. It also shines a negative light on the dictator, who has been accused of starving his people and other human rights violations, both in real life and in the movie.
It remains to be seen how successful the DVD will ultimately be. Certainly Sang-hak has high hopes and told the Associated Press in a phone interview that "North Korea's absolute leadership will crumble if the idolization of leader Kim breaks down." However, there are several barriers that could make this an unsuccessful campaign.
Weather is one of them, though the bigger issue is how North Korea reacts. Back in October of last year, North Korea shot down giant balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets that floated across the border. That incident led to an exchange of gunfire with South Korean troops.
Even if the DVDs and USBs do make it across, many North Korean residents don't own a DVD player or computer. Owning a PC requires permission from the government and can cost as much as three month's salary, AP reports.
On top of all that, North Korean residents would have to risk potentially severe punishment by watching the film, as they would be in trouble if they got caught.