Lee Joon Ki and Cho Min Ki, the actors of ‘Two Weeks,’ shared their thoughts regarding the death of star producer Kim Jong Hak and the repercussions of the Korean wave, claiming that there was a fundamental problem surrounding the use of outsourcing in the production of “hallyu goods.”
Cho Min Ki stated, “The Korean wave didn’t come into being because we willed it to happen. We just put out what we had to say in a fun way, and it became a culture in its own when foreigners started to think what we had to say was good too. Now, though, we′re producing content with aims of making it a hallyu piece, meaning producers are working harder to drive down costs and leave marginal profit.”
He also shared that once people started to show they′re aiming to earn more money through the phenomenon, they ended up blocking the culture’s natural flow.
The actor continued, “It′s like they′re using bad money to get the good money. I think we all need to look back on ourselves and ask ourselves why we′re here in the first place. I hope people won′t be greedy in a calculative way, but in a more fundamental way. Some say the Korean wave′s dying out; it′s dying because we′re all deliberately making goods for it.”
Lee Joon Ki continued the topic, saying “I think the Korean wave made the fight for content more competitive, and the same goes for actors too. I think that′s where the controversy surrounding payments for actors come from. Since everyone has their minds somewhere else, the more important things, like better conditions for staff, aren′t coming to notice. I hope we all come to think about this by looking back on [producer Kim Jong Hak′s] death, and find a way to live together.”
Kim Jong Hak committed suicide after he was put under investigation for failing to pay his drama staff their dues.
Article by: Karolina
Edited by: Mariam
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