[Weekly Up & Down] Movie Industry Signals a Revival vs. Entertainment Industry Bruised by “Revelation Battles”

Last week, the entertainment industry was bruised by the “revelation battles.” From veteran actor Lee Soon Jae, who was suspected of power trips, to the disclosures of former and current members of the girl groups via social media, many controversies have shocked the fans. On the other hand, the movie industry that has been in a slump was pleased to hear the news of Parasite‘s actors being invited as new Academy members amid heightened interest in the movie Peninsula, which is set to be released on July 15.


  • Now, the Korean Movie Industry Is ‘#ALIVE’
Credit: Lotte Entertainment

#ALIVE, starring Yoo Ah In and Park Shin Hye, topped the box office for two consecutive weeks by attracting 1,546,971 viewers by the second weekend of its release. It drew 200,000 viewers during the past weekend, keeping a steady score and continuing its box office success. This is the highest score since February this year, beating the final number of audiences for The Honest Candidate and The Closet, released in February.


  • ‘Parasite’ Actors Invited as New Academy Members

The actors of Parasite, including Park So Dam, Lee Jung Eun, Jang Hye Jin, Jo Yeo Jeong, and Choi Woo Shik, have become new members of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. AMPAS, which organizes the Academy Awards, announced its list of new members in 2020 on its website on July 1. In addition to the five Parasite actors, producer Kwak Shin Ae, film editor Yang Jin Mo, production designer Lee Ha Jun, music director Jung Jae Il, costume designer Choi Seyeon, sound director Choi Tae Young, writer Han Jin Won were also named in the list. Director Bong Joon Ho and Song Kang Ho had already become members in 2015.


  • Mina, a Former Member of AOA, Exposes Jimin’s Bullying
Credit: FNC Entertainment, MBC

On July 3, Mina, a former member of AOA, stunned the entertainment industry by confessing that she was bullied by another member during her AOA days. By writing a series of posts and posting the photo of her wrist covered with self-inflicted scars, she revealed why she left the team. And later, it was revealed that Jimin was the target of the disclosure when she wrote the word “Fiction” on her Instagram. As the Mina’s confessions made headlines, Jimin and the rest of AOA members visited Mina to apologize, but the controversy only grew bigger as the time passed. Eventually, FNC Entertainment, AOA’s label, announced that Jimin will leave the team and the industry.


  • BOL4’s Discord Has Been Resurfaced
Credit: Shofar Music

Rumors of a feud between BOL4’s Ahn Ji Young and former member Woo Ji Yoon have reignited. On July 3, Ahn Ji Young confessed that the lyrics of Woo Ji Yoon’s recent song “Dodo” and “Island” scarred her deeply. However, Woo Ji Yoon disputed by stating that it was Ahn Ji Young who wanted to break up the team asap and that she had to leave the team more quickly than she wanted to.

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