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Director Hong Sang Soo files for divorce arbitration with his wife

By beansss   Thursday, November 17, 2016   55,203   1,461   58



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Director Hong Sang Soo (56), who caused an uproar in the film industry after his affair with actress Kim Min Hee came to light this past June, has filed for divorce arbitration with his wife of 31 years. 

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According to reports, Hong Sang Soo filed for divorce arbitration with his wife Mrs. Jo on November 9 at the Seoul Family Court. Divorce Arbitration is a process in which a husband and wife decide to negotiate the terms of a divorce, with an arbitrator who will act as a neutral, 3rd party when it comes to non-negotiable decisions. 

Supposedly, Director Hong Sang Soo has already made several attempts to file for divorce by mutual consent with his wife, but Mrs. Jo continued to refuse, which led to a divorce arbitration. 

One lawyer noted that if Hong Sang Soo admits to his affair with Kim Min Hee, he becomes "a husband and and spouse with a liability toward his family, and may logically lose his right to request for a divorce. How the court determines whether or not Mrs. Jo had a part in the resulted affair, or whether or not Hong Sang Soo is responsible for a marriage failure, will be very important." 

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peppercorn Thursday, November 17, 2016

Just to get to the jist of Korean divorce law; are you telling me that Korean courts can force a person to STAY MARRIED? If the guy admitted adultery, which he did... the wife would get a very sizable alimony at the end, but forcing him to stay seems like a lose-lose scenario. Who's to say he won't find another girl to cheat on her... Its obvious he no longer has feelings for her so why make him stay. Take his money and find someone who will appreciate you.

bangeryun94 peppercorn Friday, November 18, 2016

Adultery doesn't guarantee anything for the wife in a Korean court.

Wang_Sejung Thursday, November 17, 2016

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yulyuli Wang_Sejung Thursday, November 17, 2016

This comment would have been OK without the deflowering and virginity talk tbh

Wang_Sejung yulyuli Thursday, November 17, 2016

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IARMY93 Wang_Sejung Thursday, November 17, 2016

I would like your comment more without the first part when you dragged others into the topic but rather than that its true she ruined herself and people will look at her as a mistress and a whore

baby007 Wang_Sejung Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wang_Sejung, you are so disgusting. How can you say things like that. Your just so gross!

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krell yulyuli Saturday, November 19, 2016

KIM is Age 34 to HONG's Age 56. So, Ms. KIM is was likely NOT 'sexually inexperienced' when she entered into this relationship with HONG.

baby007 Wang_Sejung Saturday, November 19, 2016

The way you speak is just gross. That is what I am just astonished about. I am not going to make a comment wether I side with anybody in this article. you are the kind of person that is ignorant and don't listen to others opinions unless they side with you. My point was to talk about your language. I was shocked and noticed that you speak like that a lot in other comment sections. So....I guess it's pointless to tell you this. But for that reason I say it's you, that is gross. BYE THEN!

yulyuli krell Sunday, November 20, 2016

Well, of I know that. Tell that to Wang_Sejung troll :D

krell yulyuli Sunday, November 20, 2016

Yes, I did figure that you *personally* knew their ages. However, the AKP here only lists HONG's age, and *not* Ms. KIM's age. So, that was why I did list it in my comment. Others do WONDER about the ages, but do not want to be 'bothered' trying to figure it out. It is NOT like Ms. KIM is Age 20. Also, the legal age of SEXUAL CONSENT in S.KOREA is AGE 13 too (as it is in JAPAN too). Although, a S.KOREAN female can NOT participate in a PORNO MOVIE until Age 18. The EARNING MONEY aspect of a PORNO Movie is what makes it illegal until Age 18.

chirel Thursday, November 17, 2016

What do they mean if he admits to his affair? Has he not already confessed to it? For her own sake she should leave him but i can understand why she hasn't. Why give that bastard the satisfaction? Why give that homewrecking bitch the satisfaction? Pffft.

Grimjester chirel Thursday, November 17, 2016

Talk about being one sided. Being force to be with someone under law should not be a thing. People deserve to be happy after all we are all selfish individuals to start with. Forcing him to stay is being selfish as well. In the end she will only suffer longer if she lets him stay.

hana_sakura chirel Thursday, November 17, 2016

I think they meant that if he admits it in court.

bangeryun94 Grimjester Friday, November 18, 2016

His wife is obviously not happy. She has personal life plastered all over the news.

chirel Grimjester Friday, November 18, 2016

I clearly said she should leave him for her own sake.

shenalsone Thursday, November 17, 2016

didn't he break up with kim min hee?

trboo shenalsone Thursday, November 17, 2016

I think it was she who broke up with him.

bangeryun94 trboo Friday, November 18, 2016

No, they're still together. Their breakup was a manufactured lie to make it easy for her to go back to acting but one of her friends outed her.

MeiMeixX Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sick bastard -_- im harsh i know but i just hate smtg like this -_-

IARMY93 MeiMeixX Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ur not harsh at all

jeyjin Thursday, November 17, 2016

The wife isn't gonna budge. Being married isn't easy and she must've been through so much to keep her marriage afloat only to realize it was wasted on a man who can't appreciate a woman whos been with him thick and thin for 31 years. If i was her, i would stay married to his ass too out of spite. She can be his girlfriend for the rest of her life or she can leave.

Naruta jeyjin Thursday, November 17, 2016

If she has only a germ of dignity in herself, she gets divorced as oon as possible and start a new life. If she stays with him (who doesn´t want to be with her obviously), she´s the only one who gets hurt over and over again. Staying with a man that so clearly has no feelings anymore isn´t spiteful but simply stupid. No one knows how their marriage was over 31 years. Maybe there were things happening that made them diverge from one another emotionally. And the best way to kill love is indifference and taken-for-grantedness. He was 25 when they get married, she was mabe eveyounger. Maybe too yoiung, because at that age, most people are still in the process of growth. Maybe hat process let them drift apart. You can adapt yourself only for some time, but not for a lifetime. His affair with that actress wasn´t the cause for the end of his marriage, cheating isn´t most of the times not the reason - it´s just a logical consquence to things that went wrong long time ago. And even before there might have been hints that something was wrong. Assuming from that wife´s behavior now I would say she simply refused to notice them. But this ostrich-like behavior doesn´t make anything better. It makes it worse because the other rtner might start to not only not love you but to develop hate against you. She should keep her dignity instead of a marriage that doesn´t exist already now.

Naruta Thursday, November 17, 2016

Jesus, my keyboard really hates me. I swear, I´m not responsible for all of those typos. Hope it´s readyble anyway.

enzoa Naruta Thursday, November 17, 2016

Yes, it was readable and one of the best posts on this topic. Nice to see that there is someone with a working brain and some real life experience among AKP commenters.

Naruta enzoa Thursday, November 17, 2016

kamsahamnida :-)

jeyjin Naruta Thursday, November 17, 2016

I really said that for another perspective. Everyone thinks you should leave someone when they cheat on you but i think its too idealistic. I'm not married myself ( thank god) but i've been around my fair share of married couples. In my culture, we take " until death do you part" very seriously. Being married is nothing like dating. You are two people with different upbringing and its only natural that both parties are going to clash and argue and disagree but its the couple that's willing to work on it that has the strongest marriage. I have actually known a couple where something similar has happened. He met this woman about half his age that seemed really interested in him and he left his wife, moved out and started living with her but then it became hard to support her lifestyle and she left him because of that. She never acknowledged him as her boyfriend or anything so he went back to his wife who never divorced him and he now lives in her basement last i checked.

jeyjin Naruta Thursday, November 17, 2016

When my mom first married my stepfather, he was the most verbally abusive human being i have ever met but now 10 years later, he's the coolest person in the world

jeyjin Naruta Thursday, November 17, 2016

Even in my relationship, i had problems with my boyfriend but i stayed with him and now he's the greatest boyfriend a girl could ask for. It's not marriage but i gave the example anyway

jeyjin Naruta Thursday, November 17, 2016

From being around so many people who culturally don't believe in divorce or their worth (socially) is tied to whether they're married or not like in my culture has kinda given me a new perspective on marriage. People value long marriages but no one is really willing to do what it takes to get to that point and give up on them. That's what i think he's doing but she probably can't do that because all her fake married friends will probably talk shit and the world will pity her as the woman who's marriage was destroyed by a younger more attractive woman rather then the woman who is married to a man who chose a mistress and that's probably why she stayed. Being married ( and to a wealthy man) is THAT important to her. This is why i'm glad i live in america because i have no social obligation to stay with a man and im not tied down by my cultural obligations either and i have a career where i make good money because i can think twice before saying i do.

jeyjin Thursday, November 17, 2016

Anyway, my point is- i don't actually think her reason for staying married is for the pretty immature reason i was actually joking about in my original comment. I actually think its more about how koreans view marriage and divorce ( especially the older generations of people) and the higher social status that comes with being married. From what i've heard/read in the past ( and may possibly be innacurate) koreans are superficial people. They marry more for material things or because they got a woman pregnant so she doesn't lose respect/dignity etc.

jeyjin Thursday, November 17, 2016

and some people give up on their marriages too soon. If you can't keep the commitment, why are you even married?

jeyjin Thursday, November 17, 2016

Yea he might hate her for it but what he did was despicable as well.

Naruta jeyjin Thursday, November 17, 2016

I don´t think at all you should leave someone because he cheated on you, you should leave someone who doesn´t love you anymore, who doesn´t have any feelings for you, who doesn´t respect you the way everyone deserves to be respected. Does ´until death do us part´ include to give up any self respect? I don´t think so. You owe to yourself to take care of yourself, to keep your dignity, to me that´s way more important than to keep up a facade for society. I have only this one life, and when my dying day will come, I bet there´s no one who will tell me "Wow, great that you stayed with someone who didn´t want you at all in his life, what a selfless person you are". On my last day I have to review my life and I want to be proud of me. Leaving demands sometimes way more courage than to stay, but if this is what is necessary to keep my dignity I would do that right here and now. I love my husband from the bottom of my heart, and so does he - but if that feeling should fade out some day, from his side or mine, I would go. You can´t compel feelings, that´s far from giving up too soon on marriage. Because I respect him and I respect myself. I didn´t get married because that makes me look good for society, I married because we share the best feeling people can share. "Till death do us part" - how much worth is that if you marry to increase your social status, to cover an unwanted pregnancy? It´s not even worth the paper it is written on. Then people should simply make a business contract and not talk about something they haven´t the slightest idea of.

jeyjin Naruta Friday, November 18, 2016

I'm grateful to live in a country where im entitled to that and no one will judge me for it but you have to understand that not all cultures have the luxury of divorce being an option. Korea probably has a lot of social pressures that weigh on them and convince them that they need to stay married regardless. Its very different from what we know but we have the luxury of being free to choose and having it be socially acceptable. My step sister has told me that she's been very unhappy in her marriage. She married a man she had dated for a few years and he got her pregnant. She would have to leave her chirch if she didn't get married to the man but now she's very unhappy with him. He ignores her and he cheats on her but she stays with him because of her religion.

bangeryun94 Naruta Friday, November 18, 2016

Or he's simply being an adulterous bastard with an adulterous bitch.

Naruta bangeryun94 Friday, November 18, 2016

As I said before: we don´t know how their marriage was over those 31 years. So much could have happened there and him cheating on her wasn´t the cause for the end of his marriage but just a consequence to what happened before. There might have been cruelties (and I don´t talk about physical violence, to psyche out someone is so much worse) and in the end there´s nothing left than hate and despite. Adultory doesn´t come out of the blue. It´s a process and there are very often a lot of hints that something is wrong. To say he´s the only one to blame is way too easy and superficially.

Naruta jeyjin Friday, November 18, 2016

It´s the people that form society. Just because something was "traditional" doesn´t mean that it could never be changed. The freedom of our western countries didn´t come for free and just so. There were people who fought for that freedom, that´s obviously a process many other countries have to go through. And one last remark: I´d rather be socially outlawed than unhappy for my whole life. Be supportive o your step sister and help her out of her predicament. No religion is worth being treated like shit. Faith isn´t bound to any religion, it´s what you feel inside. Help her.

jeyjin Naruta Friday, November 18, 2016

You're a very brave and bold person. You stand up for what you believe in and you're respectful and i like that. I've tried talking to her about it but she doesn't listen so i just figured, " Who am I to interfere? ". Besides, lately because she's never there, he's been appreciating her more and she's happy so i can't really interfere. And it takes a very long time to make significant changes because while the young people are always forward thinking, the older folks never seem to be on board. We'll see in the end what she does but i honestly think she should take the money and run with it. There's a person where i work who is married but he has a girlfriend. He clearly loves his girlfriend and she visits him all the time. I think his situation is similar except that he's going to probably die married to this other woman. He's in his 90's right now after all.

strawberrymuffin Thursday, November 17, 2016

I cant believe this woman is Jo In Sung ex-gf. How come from Jo In Sung to this old fart. Gurl...

KimAreum strawberrymuffin Thursday, November 17, 2016

Don't forget Lee Soo Hyuk 😂

k_kid KimAreum Thursday, November 17, 2016

Don't forget Lee Jung Jae

kpoplolipop strawberrymuffin Thursday, November 17, 2016

Jo In sung's face doesn't tell us about who he truly is as a person or how compatible he is with whoever he dates.

KimAreum k_kid Monday, November 21, 2016

Hahaha 👌

k_kid kpoplolipop Tuesday, November 22, 2016

OP is just talking from a visual standpoint. No ones how he is of course.

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GGPROTECTOR Thursday, November 17, 2016

Disgusting couple. The wife should throw his pathetic ass away.  No women should have to feel this way

jennkyube Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mrs. Jo needs to stop hanging on to this piece of trash and find her own happiness somewhere. This sorry excuse of a human being is not worth it. And so is his stupid mistress. Fucking homewrecker.

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