The Interview: Sony’s North Korea film to be screened in US

The Interview film poster

The Interview film poster

Previews of  The Interview, suggested a raunchy, comedy of crude humor, with the target of the jokes North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.  Kim Jong-un is young, and he and his wife watch a lot of what goes on in America.  He and his father have built a legacy of paranoia, as well as a legacy of convincing the North Korean people that they are celebrities to be admired.  Kim Jon-un continues to show press releases indicating the adoring North Korean people loving and admiring him as you can see below in this article.

The people there have a right to admire him and it is their nation.  We hope one day that the people will have the freedom and rights to truly express their feelings about their country in a free vote, but non the less, it is their nation, their lives and to some extent their choice who they will love and admire.  But Kim Jong-un and his father have consistently blamed the USA and it’s people for every problem, every issue, every thing that goes wrong or is bad in the world. They have threatened and declared war on the United States so many times, it has become almost boring, and most observers of the world discount their temper tantrums as “adolescent”.

But Mr. Kim and his wife are coming to realize how dear, and how important, the concept of “Freedom of Speech” is for Americans.  We Americans may not particularly like all that is said, or every movie that is made, in our nation. But we will fight with all that is within us to protect the rights of our citizens to excercise freedom of speech.  Thus, Americans were proud of President Obama, when he said, that Sony made a mistake by “pulling the film” because Kim Jon-un of North Korea didn’t like the film.  He didn’t like being the butt of the joke. But we Americans just assume that public figures, by being “out there” voluntarily make themselves targets for jokes, criticism, and yes, even movies that may attack their egos.

We at BootheGlobalPerspectives, applaud the move, by theater owners throughout the nation, who have said: “We will show the film, we believe in freedom of speech, and no leader of another nation will take our freedom of expression away.”  Good for them. Good for us.

Mr. Kim Jong-un, our message to you is:

“Take a deep breath. Don’t take yourself or your self made legend about yourself so seriously. Live and let live. And don’t mess with our freedom of speech, it is what makes us different from your nation.”

Now we are pleased that Sony (Japanese owned)  is now to get a limited theatrical release.

This is after hundreds of theaters said: “We want the film, and we will show it. We will not be bullied by Kim Jon-un”. The Interview will be shown in many some

independent US cinemas on Thursday (Christmas Day).  Ironically, it could be that the very activities of North Korea, has created a “back lash” that could make this film an iconic success, even a part of history.  Alas, that is the way Americans are, when someone messes

with our “Freedom of Speech”.  The Japanese executives at Sony, may be intimidated by Korean threats and bully talk, but the American people are not.

As for me and my wife Saneh (Who also happens to be an actress) , you can count on it, we will make a special trip to the Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe

Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe

Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe, New

Mexico, to see The Interview, my guess is that it will be sold out for every screening, even though it is Christmas Day.

Sony Chairman Michael Lynton said he was “excited” that the comedy, about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, would now be seen.

Over 200 theaters from  Atlanta to Austin to Santa Fe, all across the nation have already revealed screenings and the number is growing by the hour. Sony has never seen such a public demand as this.  

Saneh Boothe, Actress

Saneh Boothe, Actress

The message to Korea epitomized by actress Saneh Boothe’s statement: ‘Don’t mess with our movies, our arts, our freedom of speech’. 

They said via social media that Sony Pictures had authorized them to show the film, which has been at the center of escalating tensions between the US and North

Korea.  Typical of announcements all of the USA, were the announcement from the Alamo Drafthouse cinema in Austin, Texas:

“Breaking news,” tweeted Tim League, founder of the Alamo Drafthouse cinema in Austin.

“Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are making shows available within the hour.”

Some have posted in bold letters:  ‘Freedom prevailed’

White House put out a statement: “President Barack Obama applauded Sony’s decision and that the US was a country that believes in free speech”.

Seth Rogen, who directed and starred in the film, tweeted: “The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn’t give up!”

Sony, in deference to it’s chicken hearted lawyers,  had previously announced that the film’s release would be pulled completely, following a hacking attack on the

company and threats against cinema chains that planned to screen the film. The American people didn’t buy that argument, and Sony’s owners learned another

lesson about America.  The decision by Sony has attracted complaints and criticism from throughout the nation, especially journalists, the movie industry

and patriots. For once, even the “Tea Party Crowd” was in agreement with President Obama on this one. Korea’s hacking was an attack on Freedom of Expression.

The Interview

The Interview

The film was branded an “act of war” by North Korea   We share with you the following, and credit the following to BBC.

Analysis: Alastair Leithead, Los Angeles

What started out as a Christmas comedy caper has become quite the seasonal thriller. It’s got everything: cyber-attacks, terror threats and an international incident between America and North Korea, but all of it is a drama Sony Pictures could do without.

The company has been through a lot in the last month, and has now backtracked on its decision to pull the film completely. As yet the big theatres have still not said when, or whether, they might screen the film.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has been hit hard – first by the embarrassment of personal emails being dumped online. But as the seriousness of the cyber-attack unfolded, it also became clear that the personal details of thousands of staff and former-employees had been stolen – opening the door to class-action lawsuits.

Unreleased films leaked online, and then the pulling of a major movie, could cost tens of millions of dollars – let alone the price for the computer network repairs and beefed-up security.

It’s a still-unfolding script to a drama the critics might even slam for being a little too far-fetched.

‘First step’

Hundreds of independently-owned theaters had signed a petition expressing support for the film and its screening.

However, major movie chains in the US are thought unlikely to take part in the release at this stage.

Mr Lynton said: “We are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so this movie can reach the largest possible audience.”

He also said he “hoped it would be the first step of the film’s release”.

The company has yet to reveal further details of its release plans, but there is also speculation that video on-demand (VOD) will be offered as part of the package.

Sony’s decision to show the film came hours after North Korea suffered a severe internet outage that effectively shut down its internet services for 10 hours.

Kim Jong-Un with North Korean soldiers' families

Kim Jong-Un with North Korean soldiers’ families

North Korea says the film hurts the “dignity of its supreme leadership”

It was not clear what caused this. North Korean officials have not commented on the issue.

The country’s internet services appeared to suffer a second outage on Tuesday afternoon, but they were restored in under an hour, an internet monitoring company said.

US officials have declined to comment on who might have been responsible for the shutdown.

Mr Obama has previously vowed to respond to a hacking attack on Sony, which led to sensitive data and unreleased film material being leaked.

The US said an FBI investigation showed that North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack on Sony – claims denied by North Korea.

The Interview saga

The Interview features James Franco and Seth Rogen as two journalists granted an audience with Mr Kim. The CIA then enlists the pair to assassinate him.

  • 22 November: Sony computer systems hacked, exposing embarrassing emails and personal details about stars
  • 7 December: North Korea denies accusations that it is behind the cyber-attack, but praises it as a “righteous deed”
  • 16 December: “Guardians of Peace” hacker group threatens 9/11-type attack on cinemas showing film; New York premiere cancelled
  • 17 December: Leading US cinema groups say they will not screen film; Sony cancels Christmas Day release
  • 19 December: FBI concludes North Korea orchestrated hack; President Obama calls Sony cancellation “a mistake”
  • 20 December: North Korea proposes joint inquiry with US into hacks, rejected by the US
  • 22 December: North Korea suffers a severe internet outage
  • 23 December: Sony bosses appear to change their minds, saying they will now give The Interview a limited Christmas Day release

(BGP Comment:  Let’s just watch. This movie will be sold as CD’s, videos, it will be on TV, and our prediction is that it will be on NetFlix. Korea’s ill advised actions  should give that nation pause to know something. The USA is special, and American’s regardless of political persuasion, will fight for “freedom of speech” and “freedom of artistic expression”.  Mr. Kim, learn by this.


About benboothe

Business Executive, bank founder and president of banks for 20 years, as well as International World Bank consultant. Ran for US Congress and for Mayor of Ft.Worth. Publisher of: Global Perspectives ( and owner of several businesses. One of our businesses does appraisals and another environmental consulting. Wind-Inc., distributes Wind Turbines.
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