1. Korean Audiences Not Fond Of Bond

    By Tim Roth on 2002-12-08

    Die Another Day, which doesn’t open in South Korea for another few weeks, has generated strong criticism from some Koreans for its depiction of the peninsula and its residents, the Zap2it Website reported. The Korea Federation of University Student Councils (Hanchongnyon) is crusading against the 20th James Bond movie.

    The controversy led one of the country’s leading actors, Cha In-pyo, to turn down a role in the movie.

    Of concern are three scenes in which North Korea is perceived as being part of “an axis of evil” and South Korean-set scenes showing outdated images of the country, such as a local farmer walking a cow in the countryside and a scene in which Bond (Pierce Brosnan) makes love to a woman in a Buddhist Temple, a serious taboo in their culture, the Web site reported.

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