On January 15th a source close to Jang Dong-gun confirmed that the actor had returned to South Korea on January 13th from a family vacation in Hawaii. His wife, Ko So-young, and their two children, however, did not come with him.
AdvertisementThis news follows reports on January 13th that Jang Dong-gun and his family went to Hawaii on January 7th, the same day that Jang Dong-gun's close friend Joo Jin-mo revealed that his phone had been hacked.
Earlier informal reporting had also placed eyewitnesses observing Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young flying in economy class, which was considered unusual and used as evidence that the vacation was abrupt and unplanned. The apparent return of Jang Dong-gun without the rest of his family begs more questions in this regard. It is unclear whether Jang Dong-gun's early arrival in Korea ahead of his family was also pre-planned or a reaction to current events.
Jang Dong-gun's agency has only confirmed that they will be responding harshly to false attacks against the actor's reputation. Jang Dong-gun along with Joo Jin-mo has been implicated in unsavory behavior connected with the leaking of data from Joo Jin-mo's cell phone. However, none of this behavior has been confirmed to be illegal.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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