South Korean film industry sees rescheduling and postponement amid coronavirus spike


The release of the film 'Seobok', starring Gong Yoo and Park Bo-gum, has been postponed indefinitely. Photo: YouTube

The South Korean film industry is struggling to stem further Covid-19 infections as some filmmakers have tested positive for the virus, Yonhap news agency reported.

It said earlier this week, director Min Kyu-dong, who directed the romantic comedy All About My Wife (2012) and the drama Herstory (2018), tested positive for Covid-19.

As Min, co-president of the Directors Guild of Korea (DGK), participated in a local online film festival hosted by the DGK last week, his transmission has led to a series of tests involving staff members, directors and actors who have come in contact with him.

His wife, director Hong Ji-yeong, also underwent a virus test but received a negative result.

Her latest romance film, New Year Blues, is set to hit screens later this month.

According to a report by Yonhap late last month, the filming of the Netflix original All of Us Are Dead was suspended after one of its crew members tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Moreover, the coronavirus scare has affected scheduled releases of films and events in December.

The release of the South Korean science-fiction action blockbuster Seobok, starring star actors Gong Yoo and Park Bo-gum, has been postponed indefinitely.

At the same time, the musical film Life Is Beautiful will not be released in December as originally planned.

The annual Blue Dragon Awards, one of South Korea's top film ceremonies set for this Friday (Dec 11), will be delayed until early next year.

The moves came as South Korea has been fighting a spike in Covid-19 cases in the Seoul metropolitan area.

The country's daily new cases have been hovering around 600 for days, and the government raised the five-tier social distancing level to the second highest.

Under the Level 2.5 distancing rules, movie theatres must close at 9pm and have a vacant seat between two customers. - Bernama

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