North Korea screens 'Bend It Like Beckham'

SEOUL, South Korea

Western films are largely off limits in North Korea. In a tweet Thursday, British Ambassador to South Korea Martin Uden called the broadcast the "1st ever western-made film to air on TV" in North Korea, and he credited UK Embassy 4 for arranging it.

The broadcast, monitored in Seoul on Dec. 26, was apparently edited and ran only an hour long.

The 2002 film starred /*Keira Knightley*/ and /*Jonathan Rhys Myers*/.

While soccer is popular among North Koreans, the film touched on several taboo topics, like interracial relationships, homosexuality and religion.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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