Statement on “Red Dawn 2012” by National Campaign to End the Korean War



As a national coalition of concerned peace, justice, and academic groups working for an official end to the tragic Korean War, which lingers on today some sixty years after the signing of the ceasefire agreement in 1953, the National Campaign to End the Korean War condemns the recent release of the Red Dawn (2012).  Despite our previous recommendation, in March 2011, that the producer of the movie, MGM, modify its content, the film features stock North Korean villains. It only adds to the deep ignorance that underlies the current hostile relations between the United States and North Korea (a.k.a. DPRK).

Since the movie producer decided to replace the invading Chinese troops against a U.S. town with North Korean troops in the post-production process–in order not to offend the Chinese people–isn’t it obvious that the Korean people in general, including many Korean Americans, would be equally offended?

Though the film makes no pretensions to realism, it is worth recalling history. Historically, Koreans never invaded or occupied a distant country like the United States. On the other hand, the United States has a long history of invading and occupying other countries, including Korea.  Thus, Red Dawn’s revised script is not only ridiculous but also deeply offensive. It is nothing more than a jingoistic film that inflames further hostile feelings between the United States and North Korea.

In 2013, we will be observing the 60th anniversary of signing the Korean War Armistice Agreement. It is high time for us to end the lingering, costly Korean War now, instead of continuing or escalating it senselessly between the United States and North Korea. For the sake of a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula as well as healing the old wounds between the two peoples, we reject and boycott Red Dawn (2012) aswar-mongering propaganda, and urge other Americans to do likewise.

Dated: Nov. 28, 2012

National Campaign to End the Korean War

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