3:23 pm - 06/06/2018

"Are You Human Too?" in controversy for violent scene

On June 4, the drama premiered its first episode, where the leading characters have an encounter for the first time.

In the episode, the female lead Kang So-bong (played by Gong Seung-yeon) secretly takes pictures of the male lead Nam Shin (played by Seo Kang-joon) to leak the pictures for money. The female lead, who is a part of the security team for the Chaebol male lead, uses a micro camera inserted in a wristwatch.

Nam Shin soon notices Kang So-bong and approaches her to break the spy camera and punch her on the face hard enough to make her fall on the ground.

The controversy grew as it turned out that Gong Seung-yeon, who played the female lead, revealed that she thought she was going deaf after shooting the scene. Even though the script directed a face punch, but the director allegedly directed the actor to actually punch because it didn’t look realistic enough.

As the violent scene dispersed through social media quickly, the debate is growing at a rapid pace. Especially because the drama has only aired the first two episodes so far, the chance is high for the controversy to affect the audience measurement.

Drama “Are You Human Too?” airs every Monday and Tuesday at 10 PM KST.




I did gasp when I watched the scene last night. Reading this today does not make me want to even continue with the new episodes. Who the fuck is this director?

source: KPopLove
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goshipgurl 6th-Jun-2018 10:37 pm (UTC)
Even though the script directed a face punch, but the director allegedly directed the actor to actually punch because it didn’t look realistic enough.

Wtf???
SKJ ain't shit for not refusing to do this. Fire both him and the PD.
evilcoc0nut 6th-Jun-2018 11:16 pm (UTC)

I...have serious doubts that he really punched her. Like, that's gonna do a lot more damage than feeling like you're going deaf, and esp if that was one of the results. Being punched in the face is not some trivial oh let's do this to make it more realistic, that's gonna cause real injury. Why would you risk not even having your lead after that? Need some more proof here.
ty 6th-Jun-2018 11:46 pm (UTC)
me too, I always need more info than the first sensational article
tsubaki874 6th-Jun-2018 11:17 pm (UTC)
I was watching the 7 min preview on DramaFever's YT and they included the scene in the preview... like... I feel so bad for Seungyeon.. I can't tell if the article is trying to defend SKJ or not, but he needs to be fired with the director, literally no reason for him to actually hit her. There's so many bad scenes in every drama, this punch did not need to be ~realistic~ at all.
ashdevilrun23 6th-Jun-2018 11:40 pm (UTC)
What the fuck??
snowphone 7th-Jun-2018 12:13 am (UTC)
who thought it was okay to have a scene like that in the show in the first place
weneedmedicine 7th-Jun-2018 12:42 am (UTC)
There goes my excitement.
weneedmedicine 7th-Jun-2018 01:03 am (UTC)
Even if the punches weren’t real, I don’t feel comfortable with the male lead punching the female lead. I know they’ll somehow try redeeming him in the end instead of keeping him in the coma where he belongs.
sjtaazrz 7th-Jun-2018 01:53 am (UTC)
The article dances around whether or not he actually hit her in the face. I'm going to need clarification on this.

I also think the way this storyline could be framed could be a big problem. Korea is already having it's issues with spycams and people feeling like it isn't being taken as seriously for women. So, if this female character is secretly recording him, and the drama frames the man punching her like "yeah! Proper response," that's incredibly troubling.
mlmello 7th-Jun-2018 02:04 am (UTC)
mte. it
it's really dangerous.
keytfelt 7th-Jun-2018 02:48 am (UTC)
Ok WTF, director. Why would you ever think that's okay? And it's disappointing because I really enjoyed week 1's episodes, I love robot boy already.
tsuyoi_hikari 7th-Jun-2018 04:42 am (UTC)
Since Seung-yeon already has Circle in her resume so its okay if this drama flops.
suggestivepeach 7th-Jun-2018 05:05 pm (UTC)
But wasn't Circle pretty much a ratings flop as well? It was well received among a small bunch, but other than that, I don't think a lot of people watched it. I really want her to have a popular drama under her belt.
goldenrosalie 7th-Jun-2018 06:18 am (UTC)
i think some readers skimmed through article without quite noticing that this punch wasn't IN her face. it was ON her face and basically landed on left side of her head aka her ear.
this is why deaf comment actually makes me think that this article may be valid. i wouldn't say that in drama i got impression that she was hit for real but then again it was switching between angles too fast so it was hard to tell. either way it was so offputting and did nothing but send shivers down my spine. i won't be continuing it whether it was real or not. it doesn't change the fact that i don't need violence against women in my media and i don't want to support it in any way
rainstormraider 7th-Jun-2018 06:25 am (UTC)
First of all who the eff wrote a scene like that and who is the director who directed the scene and what kind of actor goes along with and punches their co-star?
Fire them all.
by_venoms_sting 7th-Jun-2018 07:36 am (UTC)
After taking some time to like process everything I’ve come back to this post to say this is still horrible.

Like that entire plotline had me feeling a certain kind of way and it being validated a bit with this post was a lot to take in.

I hope Gong Seung-yeon is fairing alright if this true. What a terrible experience to go through.

You know I’m way calmer writing this comment than the first one I wrote (and deleted) but I feel like that one was better written/more concise? Lol.

Edited at 2018-06-07 07:37 am (UTC)
chimpansee 7th-Jun-2018 08:57 am (UTC)
These Quentin Tarantino teas. I fucking hate when directors/actors do this kind of bullshit because otherwise ~it's not realistic enough. It's not realistic because you're making a film/drama! Do your job properly and it'll be realistic, jfc.
iviih 7th-Jun-2018 01:24 pm (UTC)
The fans of the show are defending it by saying the guy wanted to make his family look bad, not that he is really a woman beater. But he still beats her, so??? Still violence, no matter the reason.

Some are saying "but he is not the lead, the robot will be the lead " yeah but we know the main girl will fall in love with the robot version, probably not knowing he is a robot. So she will fall in love with the guy who punched her, but changed for better after a truck accident.

I'm not here for this.
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