The film features propaganda pamphlets, posters, and banners featuring People's Liberation Army symbols, such as the August 1 star. The posters attempt to garner support for a Chinese occupation, with slogans such as "Rebuilding Your Reputation", "Repairing Your Economy", and "Fighting Corporate Corruption".
The changes to the film's antagonists reportedly cost less than $1 million. They involved changing an opening sequence summarizing the story's fictional backdrop (dropping the original storyline of Chinese "repossession" after the US defaults on loans for a North Korean invasion), re-editing two scenes, and using digital technology to change Chinese symbols and dialogue to Korean.
The invading army in the original 1984 movie was the Soviet Union, which no longer exists, and Cuba. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) was chosen as the enemy in this updated version.