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S. Korean movie 'Assassination' sued for plagiarism

2015/08/12 11:16

SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- A domestic action film featuring colonial-era assassination attempts by Korean independence fighters is at the center of a plagiarism lawsuit by a local novelist, a Seoul court said Wednesday.

Choi Jong-rim is seeking 10 billion won (US$8 million) in damages against director Choi Dong-hoon, production company Caper Film Co. and the film's local distributor, Showbox, in a suit lodged with the Seoul Central District Court on Monday.

The 64-year-old novelist is also seeking an injunction to halt the screening of the film. A Seoul court is set to hold a hearing on Thursday on the injunction request.

The plaintiff said the film's plot is similar to his novel, "Corean Memories," in that a woman is the leading character and Kim Koo, one of the most revered Korean patriots, organizes and leads a group to kill the key Japanese figures and Japanese collaborators.

The book was first published in 2003 and published again in April 2015.

The production company, however, rebutted that the female character in the novel is not a sniper, leaving few similarities between the film and the novel and that assassination schemes were common in the anti-Japanese movement.

Set in Shanghai and Seoul in the 1930s, when Korea was a colony of Japan, the star-studded film tells the story of three Korean independence fighters teaming up to assassinate the commander of the Japanese troops in Korea and a Korean business tycoon with ties to Japan.

Among the actors in the leading roles are Jun Ji-hyun, Lee Jung-jae and Ha Jung-woo.

The movie has earned 72.4 billion won from about 9,329,000 viewers since its release on July 22, according to box office tracker Korean Film Council.

This file photo taken on June 22, 2015, shows the stars of movie "Assassination" -- (L to 2nd from R) Choi Duk-moon, Jo Jin-woong, Lee Jung-jae, Jeon Ji-hyun and Ha Jung-woo -- along with director Choi Dong-hoon (far R) posing for a photo during a publicity event in Seoul. (Yonhap) This file photo taken on June 22, 2015, shows the stars of movie "Assassination" -- (L to 2nd from R) Choi Duk-moon, Jo Jin-woong, Lee Jung-jae, Jeon Ji-hyun and Ha Jung-woo -- along with director Choi Dong-hoon (far R) posing for a photo during a publicity event in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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