The North Korean propaganda machine is at it again.
And the least that can be said is that Steven Spielberg has nothing to worry about.
Pyongyang’s latest production is everything you would expect – crass, low-budget and chilling!
For the short film features a virtual multiple rocket attack on South Korean government buildings, including the presidential Blue House in Seoul.
Yet despite the grave subject matter, the video has more than a hint of the ridiculous.
Fist-punching troops in tanks are seen advancing to ‘rousing’ music that brings to mind, at best, a 1970s action film or at worst, the opening credits of a 1980s US prime time soap opera. Think bitchiness and shoulder-pads.
Kim Jong Un, part of his own ‘Dynasty’, considered divine in bellicose North Korea, has threatened to destroy Seoul in a sea of flames.
North Korea’s new release appeared on an official website just days after a film of the same genre was uploaded there featuring a nuclear attack on Washington D.C.
Similar production values were employed, leading even Britain’s respected ‘Independent’ to brand the film ‘ridiculous’.
Yet the grim background means that all of this is no laughing matter.
Pyongyang conducted a fourth nuclear test in January and launched a long-range rocket in February.
And on Monday, a report published by a US research institute said that recent satellite images have shown “suspicious” activity at North Korea’s main nuclear site at Yongbyon, which could mean reprocessing is under way to produce more plutonium for atomic bombs.