Con­tro­ver­sial ad

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ -

THE two stars from the hit South Korean drama My Love From The Star Kim Soo-hyun and Jun Ji-hyun are seek­ing to re­voke their con­tracts for a con­tro­ver­sial Chi­nese advertisement, a move that could po­ten­tially re­sult in tens of mil­lions of won in penal­ties for them.

“We have asked (the Chi­nese bot­tled wa­ter maker Hengda) to re­voke the advertisement con­tract,” said Kim’s agency. Jun’s agency has con­firmed that they have taken the same step.

This de­ci­sion was made af­ter the duo came un­der fire over their ap­pear­ance in the ad, which South Kore­ans claim in­cor­rectly states the source from which the wa­ter orig­i­nated.

The Chi­nese min­eral wa­ter, Hengda bingquan, lists its wa­ter source as “Jang bai shan” rather than the Korean name, “Mount Baek­du­san”.

Mount Baek­du­san, which lies on the bor­der be­tween China and North Korea, is one of the many flash points be­tween the two coun­tries over their shared his­tory.

Kore­ans sus­pect that call­ing the moun­tain “Jang bai shan” is part of a Chi­nese cam­paign to make an­cient Korean king­doms lo­cated in north­east­ern China such as Goguryeo a part of their his­tory.

The on-screen cou­ple has com­pleted shoot­ing the commercial, al­though the ad has yet to run. They re­port­edly re­ceived a record pay of 1 bil­lion won for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the ad, di­rected by film­maker Chen Kaige.

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