Director Hong Sang-soo and actress Kim Min-hee, who have been dating for six years, did not and will not appear at the Busan International Film Festival.
On Oct 7th, an outdoor stage greeting for director Hong Sang-soo‘s movie “Walk Up” was held at the outdoor stage of the Haeundae Film Center in Busan.
Actors Kwon Hae-hyo and Cho Yoon-hee attended the stage greeting, but director Hong Sang-soo and director Kim Min-hee, who were in charge of directing, were not seen.
However, director Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee appeared at the photo call at the 70th San Sebastian Film Festival held last month.
At that time, Kim Min-hee was spotted taking care of Hong Sang-soo, indicating that there was no problem with their relationship.
Director Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee shared physical affection at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in 2020, showing off their overflowing love.
Kim Min-hee gave a congratulatory hug when Hong Sang-soo won the Silver Bear Director Award for his 24th feature film “The Woman Who Ran.”
Hong Sang-soo ♥ Kim Min-hee, why are they not seen at domestic film festivals?
As such, director Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee are on the global stages, but have not attended any domestic film festival since the 2017 film “On the Beach at Night Alone.”
According to a report by Newsen on Oct 8th, an aide said, “He will not attend any official event in Korea due to malicious reactions.”
Director Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee met as directors and actors through the 2015 film “Right Now, Wrong Then”.
They acknowledged their relationship at the press preview of the movie “On the Beach at Night Alone.”
Director Hong Sang-soo said, “Kim Min-hee and I are in love. It’s our personal lives, and it’s a part for us to be responsible for.” Kim Min-hee said, adding, “I value new meeting. We meet and love each other with all our hearts. I will humbly accept the upcoming situation,” she said.
Director Hong Sang-soo filed for divorce from his wife in 2016, but lost in 2019.