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Isn’t North Korea more the subject of a comedy film?

Fans of the ‘80s Cold War fantasy flick “Red Dawn” may be so excited about the remake, they might not care about how it was edited to avoid offending a potential big market for the movie.

When the scenes were shot in 2009, the Chinese were cast as the new villains, replacing the Soviet invaders.

Computer wizardry enabled worried producers to scrub the references to the People’s Republic and edit in the North Korean banner and script details.

Wait a minute. Not that the original was so credible, but does this mean Kim Jong-il, who famously flubbed an attack on Hawaii, is supposed to be the big threat now? So much for suspension of disbelief.

The hills are alive with the sound of symphony assets

For once, the beleaguered supporters of the old Honolulu Symphony get a break: They get a leg up on creating the new orchestra.

Last week the Symphony Exploratory Committee, the group of business and civic leaders who want to raise the symphony from the grave, was the only bulk buyer who bid on the assets — 70 instruments, a library of 2,700 works and sundry other items.

Assuming the bankruptcy court approves — and could the judge be so mean as to say no? — the selling price will be $210,000. Meaning, they’ll get it for a song. Or a sonata, if you prefer.

 

 

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