The largest investor and distributor of “Haeundae” vowed strong legal action against digital thefts of the Korean blockbuster Sunday, claiming the recent illegal circulation of the film on the Web is expected to cause it a “colossal amount of damage,” Yonhap News said.
The big-budget disaster flick, portraying a fictional tsunami that hits a popular beach in the Korean port city of Busan, drew more than 10 million viewers as of last week, becoming the fifth Korean movie to reach the milestone.
Police said Sunday they began investigating the circulation of a bootleg copy of “Haeundae” on a local file-sharing site as the megahit film is being released overseas in some 24 countries, including China and the United States.
A relatively clean copy of the film was uploaded on the Web Saturday and was downloaded more than 100,000 times by the time it was deleted a few hours later, threatening the film’s slated overseas releases and domestic profit, CJ Entertainment said.
“We will find out who is behind this incident and plan to request authorities the heaviest possible legal measures against all those responsible,” the movie distributor said in a press release. “This incident broke out amid the movie’s continuing overseas releases, threatening the competitiveness and reputation of Korean cinema.”
The film’s creator Yoon Je-kyoon expressed his “deepest disappointment” over the incident and asked local Internet users to refrain from becoming “those few immoral and reckless people.”
“Haeundae” is among Korean films that held up well among a deluge of Hollywood blockbusters this summer, venturing into the disaster genre, normally dominated by U.S. films. South Korean movies saw their worst sales figures in eight years in 2008, falling by more than 20 percent from the previous year. (Korea Herald)