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Seoul Court Dismisses Wonju City Government’s Injunction Request to Ban ‘Mount Chiak’

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The Seoul Central District Court dismissed the Wonju City Government and social groups’ application for an injunction to ban “Mount Chiak”‘s opening on Tuesday. 

 “Mount Chiak” is an upcoming horror film set around the urban legend that there were murder cases where the bodies were cut into pieces and buried at Chiak Mountain, an actual mountain in Wonju. The film met criticism and ire, with the city government and local social groups standing in protest that the film could hurt or affect the image of the mountain and the region. Hence, they filed for an injunction to ban the film’s opening, which was set for Wednesday. 

The court expressed that it cannot be judged that the reputation of Chiak Mountain will be damaged or that viewers would have a negative impression of the location based on what appears in the film, which clearly contains fictional content. Hence, the court decided it was difficult to say there’d be a risk of significant damage to the rights or property of Wonju City and its citizens. 

Social groups from Wonju had previously held a protest in front of the cinema where the “Mount Chiak” conference was held on Aug. 31, calling for the cancellation of the film’s opening. 

Source: Korea JoongAng Daily 

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