Ten movies where the bad guys are from North Korea
There’s way too much drama around THE INTERVIEW. Even though the talk is around Sony’s fear of a terrorist attack from North Korea, I bet the real reason they pulled the film is that the hackers got some dirt on some VIP’s at Sony and threatened to use it if they didn’t pull the film. I’m sure the truth will come out at some point, but for now I wanted to put a list together of ten movies where the bad guys were from North Korea to point out that this is not the first time a Hollywood studio has used North Korea as a source of villainy or comedy.
10. Team America: World Police (2004) – More famous at the time of its release for the puppet sex, TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE is now known as the movie the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain is going to show instead of THE INTERVIEW. Of all the films to depict North Koreans as bad guys, this is the only one to call out Kim Jong Il by name and actually depict him in a derogatory manner. But being depicted as a puppet apparently wasn’t bad enough for North Korea to launch an attack on Paramount.
9. Olympus Has Fallen (2013) – Maybe the most blatant of all the depictions of North Korean villains, in this film, the North Koreans actually attack the White House, but are thwarted by the efforts of Gerard Butler. Maybe North Korea was okay with this one because the bad guys actually got pretty far with their evil plot and the film was careful not to call out the entire country. Of course, later in 2013, WHITE HOUSE DOWN had the same basic concept, but in that film, the bad guys were Americans.
8. The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954) – The oldest film on the list might also be the best. In this film, William Holden plays one of the bravest men on film, Harry Brubaker, who risks everything to destroy a bridge. Remember that the people that shot him at the end were North Korean soldiers. And contrary to popular belief, this was not a true story.