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Director Hong Sang-soo not to challenge court's dismissal of divorce suit


Director Hong Sang-soo has decided not to appeal a recent court ruling that turned down his request to divorce his wife of more than 30 years, his lawyer said Friday.

"Director Hong decided not to appeal in order to focus on his filmmaking career and present life," One Law Partners, representing the world-renowned director, said in a press release. "The fact remains unchanged that (the couple's) marital life has completely ended."

The firm also hinted at Hong's determination to divorce his wife, saying that "(Hong) would like to seek court approval again when the social circumstances are ripe."

Earlier this month, the Seoul Family Court confirmed that the marriage came to a crushing end but refused to approve the divorce on grounds that a spouse responsible for marital breakdown is not entitled to seek court approval for divorce. The decision was made more than two years after Hong lodged a divorce suit in December 2016.

After filming the 2015 movie "Right Now, Wrong Then," starring the 37-year-old actress Kim Min-hee, the 59-year-old Hong confirmed his extramarital relationship with Kim in March last year.

Since then, he has been seeking to end his marriage, apparently to tie the knot with Kim, but his wife has been adamant about not giving in to the divorce suit.

Hong and Kim have filmed six films together, including "Hotel by the River" and "Claire's Camera."

"Hotel by the River" (2018) was the 23rd feature from Hong and the director's sixth film starring his lover Kim.

Hong won the Best Director award at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland in 2013 for "Our Sunhi" and the top Golden Leopard award at the same film festival in 2015 for "Right Now, Wrong Then," which also earned its male lead Jung Jae-young the Best Actor prize.

Kim won best actress at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival in 2017 for "On the Beach at Night Alone," becoming the first Korean to clinch the honor at the Berlinale.

He's been fighting the settlement since 2016 (I can't believe it's been that long since the news broke out!), and back then I was all "drag it out and make it messy" and omg it's been dragged out and been messy lol.

source: Yonhap News
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modestgoddess79 29th-Jun-2019 08:39 pm (UTC)
She should just demand a lot of money and agree to the divorce.
apathycollusion 29th-Jun-2019 08:50 pm (UTC)
IA. The wife dragging this out (Hong wanted a divorce since 2006) is just adding more fuel to the fire.

I'll say take whatever $ is possible and live my life.
moohyuk2001 29th-Jun-2019 08:53 pm (UTC)
mortkero 29th-Jun-2019 08:53 pm (UTC)
It's not healthy, the wife needs to let go, or the bitterness will eat her life.

goshipgurl 29th-Jun-2019 09:18 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I love how petty his wife is.
hallyujah 30th-Jun-2019 03:48 am (UTC)
Lmao right? Who says you can't find joy in the misery of others...
lil_poisonfrog 29th-Jun-2019 10:06 pm (UTC)
These two are assholes but forcing someone to stay married to you is fucked up regardless. I'm pretty sure every state now has no-fault divorce in the U.S., so while you can drag certain court proceedings out if you want, you can't stop someone from divorcing you. Shit like this must be a nightmare for people in abusive situations.

Edited at 2019-06-29 10:08 pm (UTC)
jaequeeragenda 29th-Jun-2019 10:13 pm (UTC)
ur power OP, apply that to YG and Seungri next haha
ashdevilrun23 29th-Jun-2019 10:17 pm (UTC)
I mean fuck the husband and min hee
Cheaters get no sympathy
cairistiona 4th-Jul-2019 03:21 pm (UTC)
are they really cheating though? according to comments they've been separated a long time and he's been trying to get a divorce for 13 years. if there is no relationship between the married couple and no intention for there to be one, how can it be cheating?
pikapika217 29th-Jun-2019 10:21 pm (UTC)
Team wife, WHAT A QUEEN
torontok 29th-Jun-2019 10:44 pm (UTC)
His wife is fucked in the head and I can't at anyone celebrating her actions.He's been trying to divorce her since 2006 and they were separated for ages. I can't blame him for moving on when the marriage was empty and she won't release him from it. Keeping someone in a relationship they don't want to be in is textbook abuse. I had an aunt who struggled to get a divorce here in Pakistan even after her ex-husband had remarried because he used legal means to keep her trapped and there was nothing funny about it. He's supporting his adult daughter so it's not even like she's doing it for any kids. She should just demand financial assets and then divorce him and learn to move on.
lil_poisonfrog 29th-Jun-2019 11:24 pm (UTC)
SERIOUSLY. I can't believe anyone here is cheering her on. I didn't know forcing men to stay in legal and social relationships with us was cool and feminist now -_- You know if the genders were reversed in this situation, people here would be trashing him.

He's been trying to divorce her since 2006 and they were separated for ages.

Wow so this puts a lot into perspective for me. At first I thought this was pettiness gone too far but they both sound like abusive people.

Edited at 2019-06-29 11:26 pm (UTC)
baekpedaling 29th-Jun-2019 11:45 pm (UTC)
If he's been trying to divorce since 2006 that's before he met Minhee and I wouldn't really count that as cheating since he's been trying to leave and his wife won't let him
dior_chic 30th-Jun-2019 01:27 am (UTC)
mte. She’s coming off really bad here. If I wanted to leave a marriage and my husband was going hard to stop it from happening, I’d prob cheat too. And I’m not even the cheating type lol

Edited at 2019-06-30 01:28 am (UTC)
iviih 30th-Jun-2019 01:04 am (UTC)
This remember a Kdrama, where the CEO is trying to divorce his wife, and she is always travelling or not home (they don´t even live together for years, dragging it out) The male lead even asks his mother to let go, I don´t remember the kdrama tho..

The more you know, the craziness that happens in kdramas are not far-fetched, tthe police kdramas with so much corruption and incompetent police is nothing comparing the burning son x police case.

Also, if it is true they are separated since 2006, and he tries to divorce her since then, I don´t think we should cheer on this abusive woman.

rainstormraider 30th-Jun-2019 02:34 am (UTC)
I feel like it's very clear to us looking at it from the outside. What the people undergoing this feel would be a whole other world we have no idea of.
Because of the conservative nature of Korean society there are many factors at play here. The breakdown of a marriage, the depiction of a jilted woman, the assertion that true love exists outside of traditional marriage. I can't judge anyone in this mess. Either it's an unrequited love or a tale of revenge, whatever it is its a little tragedy playing out the way they want it to in the media.
premonitioner 30th-Jun-2019 02:41 am (UTC)
I once read that divorce lawyers see more fucked up, bitter, and angry people than lawyers who defend murderers

Edited at 2019-06-30 02:42 am (UTC)
magicpineapple 30th-Jun-2019 04:18 am (UTC)
Oddly enough, I had just finished watching ‘The Handmaiden’? [‘Agassi’? yes? whatever the correct title is], then two minutes later, I saw this.
Have any of y’all seen that movie?
... that is all that I have to contribute to the post, lol.
premonitioner 30th-Jun-2019 07:07 am (UTC)
every sapphic in who likes Korean media has seen that movie lol it's iconic
daceymormont 30th-Jun-2019 05:53 am (UTC)
damn i always thought that he cheated on his wife with her but i had no idea he was trying to divorce her for years. has he done anything else for people to hate him so much? because i don't really consider this cheating
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