Actor Lee Byung Hun laughed off a journalist greeting him with "Arigato" ("Thank You" in Japanese) at the Cannes Film Festival.
On July 16th, the lead cast of the film 'Emergency Declaration' attended the photocall event of the 74th Cannes Film Festival. The video of the photocall event was uploaded on the official YouTube channel of the Cannes Film Festival shortly after the event.
In the video around the 3:45 mark, Lee Byung Hun is seen laughing off one of the journalists who shouted out "Arigato" during his individual photoshoot time. While the actor handled it smoothly, many Korean netizens were displeased with the press at the film festival. Some were even unhappy with Lee Byung Hun's reaction.
Some of the comments include: "Lee Byung Hun should have said something instead of laughing it off. They should know how rude it is to speak Japanese to a Korean guest."
"Why did he just laugh? He could have said it's 'Gamsahabnida' not 'Arigato'"
"Well, he just chose to ignore which was the least problematic response he could have done on the spot."
"I think it's really rude of him to shout that out if Lee Byung Hun was introduced as a Korean actor of a Korean film"