[Weekly Up & Down] The Bitter Exit of Kim Ki Duk and Bae Sung Woo

#Bae Sung Woo Caught Drunk Driving + Exits from ‘Delayed Justice’ Production

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After Bae Sung Woo was booked by the police for drunk driving, he exited SBS’s Delayed Justice production midway. The production team said, “The conclusion of the discussion so far is that it’s inevitable for the actor in question to exit the production.” After episode 12, which aired on Dec 12, the drama will be taking three weeks of break to reorganize and resume in January. Lee Jung Jae, who worked with director Kwak Jung Hwan in the Chief of Staff series, will be stepping into Bae Sing Woo’s shoes.


#Director Kim Ki Duk Died of COVID-19 Complications

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On Dec 11, Latvia’s local media reported that Kim Ki Duk died of complications while being treated at a local hospital after being confirmed with COVID-19. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also confirmed that a South Korean man in his 50s died in a hospital during his treatment for COVID-19. They also added, “We are currently providing consular assistance by contacting bereaved families in Korea to notify them of the progress and supporting funeral procedures.” He is the only Korean director to win the main prizes at the world’s top three film festivals, Cannes, Venice and Berlin, but he left Korea back in 2017 after getting involved in the #MeToo movement.


#Chungha Confirmed with COVID-19 �’ K-pop Scene Fall into Chaos

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The spread of the pandemic is getting out of control. On Dec 7, Chungha was confirmed to have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Following the health authorities’ guidelines, Chungha stopped all promotions and immediately went under self-quarantine. According to the singer’s agency, she attended a sports center in Seoul for rehabilitation training due to a shoulder muscle injury and was infected at the center. After the news hit the wire, TWICE’s Sana, WJSN’s Yeonjung, Gugudan’s Mina, DIA’s Chaeyeon all got tested for the virus, and all of them received negative results.


#‘Minari’ Actress Youn Yuh Jung Wins Best Supporting Actress Boston Society of Film Critics

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Youn Yuh Jung took home the Best Supporting Actress Award at the Boston Society of Film Critics for her role in Minari. Youn Yuh Jung, who earlier won the Best Supporting Actress award at the Sunset Film Circle Awards, added the Boston Society of Film Critics trophy, gathering the momentum. With this, Minari won two awards, Best Supporting Actress Award and Best Use of Music in a Film, raising anticipations for their awards in the Oscars. Even the US media is showing favorable expectations. IndieWire named Youn Yuh Jung in its “The 13 Best Film Performances by Actresses in 2020” list.


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