This interview with the cast and creators of The Interview—Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Evan Goldberg—was conducted by VICE on December 9, two days before the world premiere of the film in Los Angeles.
It's natural to wonder why North Korea would go so overboard with their reaction to The Interview, especially when they have never responded so fiercely to a negative portrayal in American media before.
While speculation grows about who hacked Sony Pictures and published tens of gigabytes of their confidential information, a hacker from the team responsible has claimed they're North Korean and told us to go fuck ourselves.
You can take the defector out of North Korea, but you can't take the North Korea out of the defector. When Seoul feels heartless, the Christian church and reality television must heal the wounds that refugee status cannot.
A new report details how the Hermit Kingdom produced and sold some pretty primo Walter White-style crystal around the world for decades. Even though official meth manufacturing has scaled back since 2005, the study claims, domestic use has skyrocketed.
At least 778 people were put to death in 22 countries in 2013, according to Amnesty International. And these numbers don't even include China, which is said to have carried out more executions than the rest of the world put together.
North Korea might be the most effective brand in the world. The Kim family know how to control a narrative, and they've further shaped their image by enforcing a mandated haircut for all adult males. It's not pretty.
The US and South Korean militaries have begun their annual military exercises, dubbed Key Resolve and Foal Eagle. Among the largest and most important military exercises in the world, they have become a yearly spring ritual. Kind of like prom.
Pyongyang isn't just a city in North Korea—it's also the name of a Southeast Asian restaurant chain run by the North Korean regime. The eateries are as well known for traditional North Korean food as they are for money laundering and spying.
Sanctions, threats, and aid from governments and NGOs have all failed to change the totalitarian regime in North Korea, but American Evangelical pastor Eric Foley says he has what the country needs: Bibles, and lots of them.
Last August, motorcyclists Joanne and Gareth Morgan embarked on their most ambitious journey yet: riding the Baekdudaegan, a mountain range that stretches the length of North and South Korea's shared peninsula.
They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. If that's true, the antics of one Hong Kong resident should be making North Korea's babyfaced Supreme Leader's head swell even wider than its default bulbous size.