Controversy over the use of the actual place name of 'Mt. Chiak', how was 'Gokseong' and 'Gonjiam'
Controversy over the use of the actual place name of 'Mt. Chiak', how was 'Gokseong' and 'Gonjiam'
Wonju City, Gangwon Special Self-Governing Province expressed a strong protest to the movie 'Chiaksan' (produced by Kim Seon-woong, Doho Entertainment) for fear of damaging the local image.

According to the city of Wonju on the 24th, the city of Wonju conveyed its concerns to the movie 'Chiaksan' about the possibility of damage to the image related to Chiaksan National Park, a representative tourist destination in the region. The title of the film is named after the representative national park of the region called 'Mt. Chiak', and the motif is a fictional ghost story in which 10 bodies cut into 18 pieces were found every few days and the investigation was conducted in secret.

The city of Wonju expressed great concern that such a negative image would damage the local specialties such as Korean beef, peaches, pears, and apples of Mt. Chaak, as well as the tourism industry of Mt.

In response, the city of Wonju recently met with Doho Entertainment and demanded that the title of the movie be changed and that the mention of 'Chiak Mountain' in the movie not be exposed. In addition, it was proposed to insert phrases such as 'fiction, not real' and 'has nothing to do with the region', which are commonly used in this case, at the beginning of the movie.

However, the motif of the corpse in 'Chiaksan Mountain' that Wonju City is concerned about is a ghost story, not a story that actually happened. When the release of 'Mt. Chiak' became known, the police in Wonju City said they were having a lot of trouble handling the flood of inquiries such as 'Is this an actual incident? The police drew the line, saying, "It's just a ghost story and unfounded."

The 'Chiaksan' side is discussing enough with Wonju City, but it is difficult to accept the request to change the title or avoid all references in the movie. Rather, he said, "If you actually watch the movie, you will be able to wash away these concerns. The screening rating was also given to 15, not 18."
Controversy over the use of the actual place name of 'Mt. Chiak', how was 'Gokseong' and 'Gonjiam'
Controversy over the use of the actual place name of 'Mt. Chiak', how was 'Gokseong' and 'Gonjiam'
Cases like 'Mt. Chiak' existed before. 'The Wailing' (director Hong-jin Na, 2016) and 'Gonjiam' (director Beom-shik Jeong, 2018) used actual place names as movie titles, causing backlash from the region and its owner for the same context as 'Mt. Chiak'.

In the case of 'Gokseong', the Chinese character 'Gokseong' was used, which was different from the actual name of the area, Gokseong, for fear of damaging the local image of Gokseong. It is true that 'The Gokseong' was filmed in Gokseong City, but the actual content of the movie has little to do with Gokseong.

In the case of 'Gonjiam', which was based on Konjiam Psychiatric Hospital in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, the owner of the hospital applied for a preliminary injunction to ban the screening of the film right before its release, claiming that the sale of the building could be disrupted due to defamation.

At the time, the judge said, "Since the movie Gonjiam is not a movie about the owner's individual, we cannot accept the claim that the owner's honor and credibility will be damaged." I'm not trying to reveal false facts about "The Ghost Story."

Jiye Choi, staff reporter at TenAsia translated by google