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In the upcoming Red Dawn semi-remake, the “bad guys” were originally scripted to be the ChiComs, but to avoid offending Beijing, the villain has been revised to be North Korea — unless Kim Jong il takes issue, then I suppose the invader will be Justin Bieber or something like that:

Hollywood film-makers have changed the villains in a re-make of the film Red Dawn to avoid offending China and spoiling its chances of success at the box office.

The original action film starring Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen featured Russian troops invading America.

In the remake Chinese troops lead the invasion – but bosses at MGM studio are to spend more than $1 million on digital special effects to make it appear the invaders are from North Korea.

This is sort of like a “Red Dawn” movie within a “Red Dawn” movie. By changing the villains so that Beijing won’t be offended, does that mean that China has already taken over in real life… just a little bit maybe? This could be the most ironic example of art imitating life ever.

Instead of spending a million dollars digitally altering the villain, they should have just kept China as the invader, made the movie revolve around debt, and changed the title to “Repo Man II.”

Last summer they were filming portions of the movie here in Michigan, and I think this propaganda poster would make a great addition to the “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign:

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14 Responses to “Ironic: Villains in ‘Red Dawn’ Remake Changed So Beijing Won’t Be Offended”

  1. Joe Redfield on March 21st, 2011 1:07 pm

    Just watch… Kim Jong-Il is going to look a lot like Sarah Palin in drag.

  2. Doug on March 21st, 2011 1:11 pm

    Haha! "I can see Hans Brix from my house!"

  3. Bill on March 21st, 2011 1:20 pm

    They have just made the movie completely unbelievable. How would the North Koreans have enough manpower for a North American occupation? The Chinese have the manpower!

    If they were worried about the movie's sales in China, they shouldn't be. The bootleg copy will be for sale in China at least a week before the studio releases to theaters.

  4. Clu Seatoe on March 21st, 2011 1:54 pm

    We’ll call it “Muslim Dawn” and damn the offense.

  5. Doug on March 21st, 2011 2:30 pm

    One of the things that made the original good was its utter plausibility… or at the very least its perceived plausibility at the time. But yeah, these days, with Muslim extremism and Middle East threats as well as China out there, the best Red Dawn remake invader they can use is a psychotic runt who can't even afford to light his own country?

  6. Marshall_Will on March 21st, 2011 7:36 pm

    “Muslim Dawn”

    Yah… Likey. Even as a young man when this first came out, btw several cast members have now passed on and (1) seems determined to join them? It struck me as more a distraction than anything.

    My father ( John Birch Society mbr. ) always told me we would be brought down from 'within'. Ah… just an old DRUNK ( WTH would 'he' know? ) Perhaps I could have found the premise more horrifying had it been called "Seeping Dawn" or… "Guess What Time Of The MONTH It 'IS' Dawn"?

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  7. swede on March 21st, 2011 11:46 pm

    So the stinkin Hollywood commies had to edit the stinkin commies in the film so the stinkin commies will like their stinkin commie movie? Makes sense I guess.

    I expect this scene will be cut as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUfvgHFh9CY

  8. OK_Loyalist on March 22nd, 2011 1:19 am

    OT, but SPG has been MIA for a few days, hope all is well.

  9. swede on March 22nd, 2011 1:44 am

    You don't 'spose he actually has a life? Wonder what that's like.

  10. OK_Loyalist on March 22nd, 2011 1:56 am

    Some fish, some hunt, some sew, some knit. I think lancing Libs and prostating Progressives falls in the bailiwick of a hobby, no ?

    I believe SPG has had Mom he's had to assist with in the past.

  11. Thunder90 on March 24th, 2011 12:13 am

    I know who to blame…. Obama. People within his administration, especially the Department of State, were afraid that the movie would offend China and Russia (the other villian in the movie, which also has been scrubbed out). So, point your fingers at Obama and his administration.

    Maybe MGM should wait until 2013 to release the movie (if Obama loses)… Without the alterations. If Obama wins, ask the Obama Administration for the costs of making the movie and take it as a break even.

  12. Trey on March 26th, 2011 11:10 pm

    north korea???? not offending China???
    Having the villians switched to the north koreans
    is kind of like swapping all the soviets out and replacing
    them with the Swiss army so that the original Red Dawn
    would sell in Moscow. Bonehead move MGM.

  13. Jed E on March 28th, 2011 11:27 pm

    " Changes WILL NOT eliminate all references to China though will give
    north korea a much larger role in the coalition that invades the US"
    This sounds to me like China is still very much in this movie, just not as much
    as originally filmed, north koreans will now have more screen time, and
    considering the coalition also features Russians, this film will still retain
    some sense of credibility. I think the people at MGM need to clarify as to
    whether the Chinese are still portrayed in this film as part of the coalition that
    invades, I dont see how the Chinese cant be, considering they cant remove all
    the references to Red China, i think this will determine how well this film will
    do at the boxoffice. Without China being part of the coalition this film loses
    credibility not to mention creating a huge plot hole.

  14. Action movies on May 19th, 2016 3:27 pm

    the original movie was pretty badass but this is horseshit.?

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