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Video: When North Korea sings “We Are The World,” they mean it

posted at 12:21 pm on February 5, 2013 by

Alternate title: DPRK Really Big Fans of “Red Dawn” RemakeThe Guardian reports on a new propaganda short from Pyongyang, depicting the flights of fancy of a young man in North Korea drifting from space travel to Space Invaders (via Doug Powers at the Boss Emeritus’ site):

It begins benignly enough, with an image of a sleeping young North Korean man, and a genteel piano version of the US feel-good pop anthem We Are the World providing the musical backdrop.

But the YouTube video recently posted by Uriminzokkiri, North Korea‘s official website, quickly takes a more sinister turn as the man’s dream continues into the realms of Stalinist fantasy.

Within seconds he is aboard a space shuttle, launched into orbit by the same type of rocket the North successfully launched in December. The shuttle orbits Earth, at one point passing over a jubilant and reunified Korean peninsula, before the focus switches to an unidentified city draped in the Stars and Stripes.

What appear to be missiles rain down on the city, setting fire to high-rise buildings in scenes reminiscent of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York.

“Somewhere in the United States, black clouds of smoke are billowing,” the Korean-language caption says. “It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze.”

I’d take this more seriously if (a) Pyongyang could successfully operate an unmanned satellite in space, and (b) could come up with graphics better than a 1970s-era Captain Planet episode.  But at least it gives us a pretty good glimpse of the messaging of the Kim regime regarding peaceful coexistence.

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I wonder what Hagel’s view of “containment” is with regard to North Korea?

BigGator5 on February 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM

What is the “Agenda-21” that keeps flashing up on the screen in Red Korean?


Bulletchaser on February 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM

and (b) could come up with graphics better than a 1970s-era Captain Planet episode.

I thought it was pretty good, considering they’re probably using a refurbished Commodore 64. Do you know how long it takes to load graphics from a cassette deck?

Squiggy on February 5, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Definitely needs to be set to “Zero Wing”…

“For great Justice!”

Snowblind on February 5, 2013 at 1:29 PM

The attack footage was taken from Modern Warfare 3 video game:

Other scenes probably borrowed elsewhere.

lester on February 5, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Heres another Linky,for the Video:)

Watch North Korea’s dream of nuking NYC to a Michael Jackson song
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North Korea dreams of nuking New York City to the tune of “We Are the World.” That’s the gist of the latest propaganda video from the Hermit Kingdom, which uses cutting-edge 1980s video editing to portray the dreams of one citizen comrade, fantasizing about the Big Apple leveled by a Communist missile attack. The choice of music is odd by anyone’s standards, but if one were being nuked, there are probably worse songs to accompany it than a Michael Jackson ballad raising money for Africa. The video, uploaded by the Uriminzokkiri propaganda agency, is hilarious, proving that North Korea continues to toe that thin line between “evil nuclear rogue state” and “Borat country.”

canopfor on February 5, 2013 at 3:59 PM