On March 3rd the entertainment agency Key East requested that relevant persons send them e-mails regarding Ji Soo concerning the recent allegations of his having engaged in bullying as a student. The request comes as part of a longer statement wherein Kaist claims to be investigating the matter very seriously. On March 2nd a person claiming to have attended the same middle school as Ji Soo from 2006-2008 stated online that Ji Soo was a vicious bully who was good at pretending to be nice.
AdvertisementThe allegation was prompted by the airing of "River Where the Moon Rises" on television, with the visage of Ji Soo in that drama being negatively compared to his alleged behavior from 2006-2008. The poster claimed that Ji Soo had an early growth support, and used his large size to bully other children. The poster also claimed to have been on the receiving end of such abusive behavior from Ji Soo as well as his greater social group of bullies.
The post attracted over a thousand commenters, some of which also claimed to have gone to the same school at the same time and were on the receiving end of similar behavior. They praised the original poster for having the courage to speak out, stating that they did not do so sooner because they were frightened of legal consequences from his agency for doing so. Though not his first project, "River Where the Moon Rises" has been Ji Soo's biggest role to date.
The school in question is the Seorabel Middle School in the Ui disctrict of the Gangbuk district of Seoul. If you or anyone you know attended that school from 2006-2008 and have information regarding Ji Soo's behavior at that time, Key East wants to hear from you at email@example.com. If any relevant persons wish to tell their story through HanCinema, I can also be reached personally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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