Rare treat: North Korea screens 'Bend it Like Beckham'

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  1. Slyakin
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    Now that's kind of sad.

    North Koreans got a rare treat this week: a state TV broadcast of the British soccer film "Bend it Like Beckham."

    The 2002 film starring Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Myers was a break from the regular programming of news, documentaries and soap operas. Western films are largely off limits in the isolated country.

    The broadcast, monitored in Seoul on Dec. 26, appeared to be edited; it was only an hour long.

    In a tweet Thursday, British Ambassador to South Korea Martin Uden called the broadcast the "1st ever western-made film to air on TV" in North Korea. The British Embassy arranged it.

    "Bend it Like Beckham" features a sport beloved among North Koreans, but it also taboo topics, like interracial relationships, homosexuality and religion.[/p]


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  2. _Chaz_

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    How is this sad? This is a breakthrough.

    It's wonderful that some people can see that there's a whole different world out there.
     
  3. Law

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    For the "1st ever western-made film to air on TV" they could have picked something better than that shitfest.

    Back to the Future? Lethal Weapon? Mad Max? Die Hard?


    Hell, a Nick Cage film would have been better.
     
  4. Arithmatics

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    wait North Korea is a communist nation right?
    So they're all Atheists and watch each other with no productive porn industry?

    HOW CAN YOU LIVE KNOWING THAT?!!??!
     
  5. Slyakin
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    Yeah, but it sucks knowing how long it took just to get through to that dictator's head.
     
  6. Kwartel

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    They're minds would been blown. You have to start small..
     
  7. Jax

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    I hope they show Team America next.
     
  8. _Chaz_

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    lol, as if we need another reason for a nation to hate us.
     
  9. Slyakin
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    Well, this was organized by the British Embassy, so...
     
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  11. DeadLocked

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    Damn they should have put subliminal messaging in the film to show the people how bad their leaders are.. :/
     
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  13. Fireballo

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    What they fail to mention is that only senior party officials have televisions. Compliments of the dear leader.
     
  14. Arithmatics

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    Why is North Korea like this btw? Did they somehow get struck by an atom bomb which made the guys grow vaginas and kept them all in an infinite pms loop?


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    Reason for editing : Grammar.. tsk tsk.
     
  15. Kwartel

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    Lol. That would mean war!!

    Off-topic: I donate this 1000th to CamulaHikari and Shlong~!
     
  16. shlong

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    Shame it's such a shit film -_-'

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  17. Fireballo

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    It was just announced that any North Korean who watched Bend it Like Beckham will be taken to a labor camp, effective immediately.
     
  18. _Chaz_

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    I would love/hate to see that one the news.
     
  19. Sterling

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    Nah, it's the result of their sub par nuclear program. Lab rat testing is seemingly accelerating their competence at an alarming rate.

    EDIT: Just do something like this
     
  20. Canonbeat234

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    This is really sad to be honest with you, that means they can't watch anything about their beliefs instead of that dictator preaching to them about how awesome he is. It seems to me that North Koreans don't know what a kind and respectful leader really is.

    On-Topic: It sucks how their minds are closed like inside a prison being watched by their own RULER 24/7. Can you imagine the stress and anger those people have?! Sure they can worship their leader all they want but that doesn't mean he loves them.