All that hard work seems unnecessary when you consider what MGM is doing with its upcoming Red Dawn remake. According to the L.A. Times, the studio is a little freaked out about the idea of angering the Chinese with their updated-for-modern-times remake, specifically because of all the money distributors make releasing films in China. So, with the help of $1 million's worth of digital trickery, all the Chinese symbols and flags will be replaced by North Korean ones. No word on whether or not they'll be overdubbing the previously Chinese dialogue with Korean, or if MGM just assumes that anyone who would go see a remake of Red Dawn is just some permutation of the Asians in the Library girl.
None of this comes at the behest of the Chinese government, but rather purely out of fear of some kind of future behest that could come from the Chinese government down the road. No word on Kim Jong-Il's opinion on the matter, but you can expect that he'll probably still watch the movie in his massive private screening room while sipping expensive brandy and sitting on a chair made from the bones of the failed 2010 North Korean World Cup team.