[Weekly Up & Down] ‘River Where the Moon Rises’ Production Company & Park Soo Hong Start Legal Battle

‘River Where the Moon Rises’ Production Company Sues KeyEast for Partial Damages

Credit: Victory Contents

River Where the Moon Rises production sued for damage against Jisoo‘s agency for 3 billion KRW (about $2,661,070). It was for the loss he caused for dropping out of the series due to school violence controversy. Production company Victory Contents stated that they suffer from the financial loss from re-shoots, staff, venue, equipment, and starring. But when KeyEast responded uncooperatively, they eventually filed a lawsuit. In response, KeyEast claimed that they were always willing to “take responsibility for the cost of re-filming at a reasonable level.” Victory Contents asked the agency again to declare that they will be accountable if they intend to solve the case. As the conflict heated up, KeyEast stated that they would refrain from responding as much as possible until the drama ends. The agency will also actively engage in resolving the issue.


Credit: Dahongerang Entertainment

Suspicions of embezzlement rose against Park Soo Hong‘s older brother. For 30 years, Park Soo Hong’s brother worked as his manager but failed to pay him the appearance fees and deposits properly. Park Soo Hong took his Instagram to admit the issue. He wrote, “I tried to talk with him to correct the problem. But I haven’t received an answer from him for a long time now.” The people who heard the news showed sympathy for Park. Meanwhile, Park’s older brother’s acquaintance refuted the comedian’s statement and claimed that the problem began because of Park’s girlfriend. As a result, Park Soo Hong will file a civil and criminal complaint against his brother and wife on the 5th.


BTS Raises Their Voices Against Racial Discrimination

The group BTS has raised its voice against racial discrimination. On March 30th, they tagged “#StopAsianHate” and “#StopAAPIHate” on their official Twitter. They also posted about Asian hate crimes that became a new social issue recently. They wrote, “We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. We feel grief and anger. We recall moments when we faced discrimination as Asians. We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence for such a reason. Our own experiences are inconsequential compared to the events that have occurred over the past few weeks. But these experiences were enough to make us feel powerless and chip away our self-esteem.” They continued to oppose racism and violence, saying, “What is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians.”


‘Snowdrop’ Issues Second Statement over the Controversy

Credit: JTBC

Recently, JTBC’s Snowdrop raised controversy over distorting and disparaging the democratic movement. And on March 30th, the production issued the second statement. They stressed, “The motif of the major incident is not the democratic movement, but the 1987 presidential election. Characters do not symbolize any government or organization.” The staff also stated that the heroine has nothing to do with the real activist Chun Young Cho. They then added that they would change the character’s name. However, the public feedbacks are still not good. The people argued that the show doesn’t have to set the background in 1987 if the show wants to tell a love story and leave out participation in the democracy movement. Some added that the production crew’s explanation about the plot and characters are contradictory and “romanticizing” the wrong matter.


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