[quote]All goes swimmingly in the movie “Whistling Princess” until the Americans, dressed in black, arrive at a rock concert. As the princess kisses a hunky Seoul rocker, with a unification ballad reaching a crescendo, the Americans blow up the place with hand grenades and rocket launchers. “I thought I took a creative stance, changing the Americans from good guys to bad guys,” said Peter Lee, the filmmaker, in the office of his film company here. “Actually, I like the U.S. I visit the U.S. two times a year.”
Such is the world of South Korean cinema, which has seemingly embraced the government’s Sunshine Policy, started in 2000 to extend an open hand to North Korea. No longer are North Koreans portrayed as devils; that role now belongs to the Americans.[/quote]
I understand the government having to pretend that the Kim is a nice guy and the North Koreans are their friends, in order to hasten reunification. That’s just good diplomacy; they’re scared of nuclear weapons being pointed at them, and have to pat North Korea on the head, “Good doggie, good doggie.” But when the people actually start believing that the U.S. is a greater threat to their security than North Korea - which has missiles and a million hostile troops on the border pointed at them! - they’re just living in a nationalist fantasy world.
How unsurprising. The older generation that actually remembers the war and has a sense of history don’t hate Americans. It’s the kids with no experience of reality and no sense of history, who have forgotten exactly why those 37,000 American troops are there, who hate the U.S.
[quote]While older South Koreans have denounced the movie as na