U.S. movie 'The Interview' to undergo editing after N.K. protests: reports

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. comedy film about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is expected to undergo some editing and its release will be pushed back after strong protests from the communist nation, according to local media reports.

North Korea has angrily reacted after the release in June of a trailer for the Columbia Pictures film, "The Interview," which tells the story of two Americans journalists who land an interview with Kim in Pyongyang but are then recruited by the CIA to kill him.

Pyongyang's foreign ministry denounced the movie as "the most undisguised terrorism" and "a war action" and warned of "a strong and merciless countermeasure" if the "U.S. administration connives at and patronizes the screening of the film."

On Thursday, Firstshowing.net and other media outlets reported that Sony Pictures, the film's distributor, has decided to push back the film's release, which had been set for October, and make alterations, including removing the faces of the North's leader and his late father from thousands of badges on the uniforms of extras.

Another change under consideration is to cut out a scene where the face of the North's leader is melted off, according to the reports.

Firstshowing.net said that there is reportedly no pressure coming from Sony Japan to change the scene, and the filmmakers are trying to determine if the scene is funny.

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