[2011 Top 10 stories] Disabled are silent no more 2011/12/29, Source,
A film called "Dogani" ("The Crucible"), based on a novel by Gong Ji-young, stirred up enormous outrage among Koreans this year. The film tells the true story of sexual abuse at a school in Gwangju. Teachers at Inhwa School allegedly raped hearing-impaired students. Over 4.5 million viewers saw the film, and even though the original case closed in 2006 with little media attention, public outcry both on and offline led to a new police investigation,...More
A look back at the year's breakout films 2011/12/15, Source,
(Above picture: Scenes from "The Crucible" - Photos courtesy of CJ E&M)
In 2011, Korean films brought attention to the individuals and issues that have otherwise remained unaddressed, underrepresented, or simply unexplored. While the questions posed by these films varied, provoking responses ranging from angry shock to laughter and sympathy, all called for a collective reconsideration of the social dynamics and relationships that can be found in Korean society today.
The film Dogani, also known as "The Crucible", is based on actual events that took place at a Gwangju school for the hearing-impaired, where young students were the victims of repeated sexual assaults by faculty members over a period of five years. Depicting both the crimes and the court proceedings that let the teachers off with minimal punishment, the film sparked public outrage upon its September release, which eventually resulted in a reopening of the investigations into the incidents. With over 4 million people in Korea having watched the film, the demand for legislative reform reached all the way to the National Assembly, where a revised bill, dubbed the "The Crucible" Bill, was passed in late October to abolish the statute of limitations for sex crimes against minors and the disabled,...More
Gong Yoo to tour three Japanese cities 2011/12/06, Source,
Actor Gong Yoo will tour three cities in Japan to meet fans in celebration of the 10th anniversary of his acting debut.
The Japanese tour, set to start on Dec. 7, comes after a fan-meeting series throughout Korea in September. The Hallyu star will visit Fukuoka on Dec. 7, Aichi on Dec. 9 and Tokyo on Dec. 12. Sessions with fans will be comprised of singing performances as well as talking segments,...More
Netizens upset over novelist's comments
2011/12/04, Source, Gong Ji-young, author of the novel the film "The Crucible" was based upon, said on Twitter that she was "sad" after she was criticized by many netizens about her comments about figure skater Kim Yu-na and singer Insooni.
Gong, 48, was in the hot seat over the weekend after she criticized the two celebrities for appearing on newly launched general-broadcasting networks including JTBC and TV Chosun,...More
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