Bong Joon Ho Named in “The 100 Most Influential People of 2020”
Director Bong Joon Ho, who swept film festivals around the world with Parasite, was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2020 by the Time magazine. He was named in the artist category and Tilda Swinton, who worked with Bong in Snowpiercer and Okja, wrote the introduction, which reads, “This is the filmmaker who, this year, has risen into the 2020 vision of the entire cinepassionate planet like a new sun. Whip-smart, highly skilled, supremely cineliterate, exuberant, irreverent, self-determining, deeply romantic, with a voracious delight in the absurd, highly principled, precision-tuned, compassionate to the last: his films have always been all this.” Jung Eun Kyung, head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been included in the list as well.
BTS Makes Heartfelt Speech at the 75th UN General Assembly
On Sept. 23 KST, BTS delivered a message of hope to the world suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic at the 75th UN General Assembly, saying, “Life continues on, so let’s live together.” This speech at the UN General Assembly is the first in two years since Sept. 24, 2018, when the group was the representative speaker of UNICEF “Generation Unlimited” held at the Trusteeship Council of UN headquarters in New York. Confessing that they are having a lethargic time for nine months, with concerts canceled and unable to meet fans, BTS spoke of hope to people who are having difficult times with COVID-19.
With the Help of “Mighty Fandom,” Artists Stretch Out to Big Screen
BTS and Kim Ho Joong are gearing up to take over the big screen. BTS’s Break the Silence: The Movie attracted 72,243 moviegoers as of Sept. 27 (provided by the Korean Film Council). Break the Silence: The Movie is cruising in the box office chart by following their performance at Wembley Stadium as the first Korean group and exploring each band member behind the curtain. On Sept. 29, film Thank You: Kim Ho Joong’s First Fan Meeting Movie, which contains the heat and behind-the-scenes stories of the first fan meeting Kim Ho Joong, a singer from Mr. Trot, will be released. As of 11 a.m. on Sept. 28 KST, the number of reservations exceeded 42,000, ranking first in the ticket sales.
Jung Joon Young and Choi Jong Hoon Each Sentenced to 5 and 2.5 Years in Prison
Jung Joon Young and Choi Jong Hoon, who are suspected of sexually assaulting drunken women and distributing illegal footage via group chat, have been sentenced to five years and two years and six months in prison, respectively. On Sept. 24, the Supreme Court upheld the original ruling that sentenced Jung and Choi to prison terms on charges of violating the Special Act on the Punishment of Sexual Violence Crimes. This is the same ruling they received in the second trial, which was reduced from the original sentence. The two were arrested and indicted on charges of sexually assaulting drunken women in Hongcheon and Daegu in Gangwon Province in 2016.