South Korean air force releases bizarre ‘Les Miserables’ parody to boost troop morale

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The South Korean air force needed something to lift the spirits of its servicemen. Their solution? A 14-minute musical parody of Les Misérables.

The video, titled Les Militaribles, adapts the Broadway musical to a South Korean context, swapping French revolutionaries for air force conscripts, and replacing English lyrics with Korean-language alternatives. The altered plot makes no mention of revolution or prostitution, though it does feature the same lead characters — sort of. In the role of Valjean is a Korean airman with an overbearing boss named Javert. When his girlfriend, Cosette, comes to visit his base, Javert gives them only one hour of alone time. Pathos ensues.

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