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January 19, 2006

OLDBOY PRODUCERS SUED, SUED, SUED

One reason it's cheaper to make movies in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and China than it is in the US is that the whole network of things like completion bonds and E&O insurance don't exist and aren't a normal part of the filmmaking process the way they are in the States. On the one hand this stuff is a bunch of legalistic nitpicking, on the other hand if ShowEast (the producers of OLDBOY) had a little E&O Insurance then they wouldn't be getting sued for US$60,000 and all charges involved with removing a single shot from their DVDs, videos and circulating prints of OLDBOY.

The plaintiff is Cho, a 50 year old schoolteacher, whose picture was right next to another picture in a high school yearbook in a pivotal scene in OLDBOY. This unfortunate placement has caused Cho "...a great deal of misunderstandings among the people around me and damaged my social position as a school teacher."

(Warning: if you haven't seen OLDBOY there are spoilers in the linked article)

January 19, 2006 at 09:17 AM in News | Permalink

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