Activists Plan to Use Balloons to Drop 10,000 Copies of The Interview Into North Korea

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A group of South Korean activists is determined to send copies of The Interview across the North Korean border, despite threats from the state to respond with “cannons or missiles” if the plan succeeds.

Around March 26, the dissidents will launch a number of balloons carrying up to 10,000 copies of the highly offensive film to a location they will not publicize, attaching 500,000 political leaflets to the bootleg bundle for good measure. The date marks the fifth anniversary of a fatal sinking of a South Korean warship, which was allegedly hit by a North Korean torpedo.

Balloons have proved in the past to be successful vehicles for smuggling; dissident groups have previously used them to sneak in other forms of entertainment stored on USB drives. Still, even if the contraband reaches its destination, locals are unlikely to rush to catch James Franco and Kim Jong-un sing “Firework”: The state views foreign films as propaganda, and reports describe cases of North Korean authorities executing those who break the law.