Opening credits roll for "The Interview" at the Goochland Drive-In movie theater Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Hadensville, Va. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dean Hoffmeyer)
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Hollywood comedy "The Interview" has won a few fans in between sparking apocalyptic warnings from North Korea -- but for defectors who escaped the communist state, there's nothing funny about it.Defectors based in the South have flocked to see the film at the centre of an escalating international row thanks to its lurid depiction of the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.The United States claims that the film's presentation of Kim -- whose family has ruled the reclusive, impoverished state for more than six decades -- prompted Pyongyang to launch a massive cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, the studio that made it.Defectors have reacted to the movie with a mixture of shock and bafflement.Some defectors have already managed to pass online links to the movie to informants living in the North near the border with China, where they have access to secret smartphones paid for by South Koreans, according to Kim Sung-Min of Free North Korea Radio.
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