[Weekly Up & Down] Youn Yuh Jung Continues Her Sweeping Upturn + Kim Ji Hoon Embroiled in Controversy over Illegal Downloading

#Youn Yuh Jung Continues Her Brilliant Career

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The 73-year-old Youn Yuh Jung’s career is quite dazzling. This actress was nominated for the Best Actress Award at the Gotham Awards, scheduled to be held on January 11 next year, for her brilliant performance in director Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari. The Gotham Awards is considered a representative awards ceremony for independent films in North America. This is not the end. Youn Yuh Jung has been cast to take the lead in Apple TV’s new series Pachinko. Pachinko, starring Lee Min Ho and Youn Yuh Jung, will start filming in Korea and move to locations in Canada and more.


#Ko Young Wook Opened Up His Instagram Account and Was Buried in Criticisms

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Ko Young Wook, a former Roo’Ra member who served his time for sexually assaulting a minor, announced his plan to return via Instagram. He opened up his Instagram account five years after he was released from prison and expressed his intention to return, saying, “I want to communicate with the world carefully from now on.” However, netizen flared up when he, who became the first Korean celeb to wear an ankle bracelet, talked about “communication.” The day he opened his account. his name became a hot topic as he was spotted on the search trends in portal sites, and netizens criticized him, saying, “Who wants to communicate with a sex offender?” In the end, Ko’s Instagram was shut down the next day after people reported his account.


#’I Live Alone’ Embroiled in Yet Another Controversy

I Live Alone cast was embroiled in yet another controversy. Kim Ji Hoon, who made his guest appearance on November 6, was spotted watching HBO’s Raised by Wolves. However, since the series has not been released in Korea, the controversy over his illegal downloading was spiked. When the controversy spread, Kim Ji Hoon apologized through his agency Big Picture Entertainment, “I sincerely apologize for acting without properly recognizing the copyright as an actor. And I deeply apologize for all the inconvenience I caused you.”


#Black Swan’s Hyeme Accused of Fraud

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Black Swan’s Hyeme was accused of fraud when she failed to pay back 50 million KRW (about 45,100 USD) she borrowed. A said that he lent Hyeme money after he felt sorry that she couldn’t focus solely on her music due to financial issues, but she went into hiding from him without paying him back. He then stressed that he and she were never romantically involved. In response, Hyeme’s agency DR Music made their official position to sue A for defamation, blackmailing and sexual harassment, but still apologized on November 12, saying, “We sincerely apologize for not managing Hyeme properly. The truth will be revealed in court, but we hope that the tarnished reputation of everyone affected by the incident will be restored.”


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