As Korea enters a week-long national mourning period following a tragic Halloween mass stampede that killed at least 154 people in Itaewon, central Seoul, on Saturday night in Itaewon, the Korean entertainment industry offers its condolences.
Korean film distributors have canceled events after the deadly crush.
Lotte Entertainment said Monday it had canceled all stage welcome events scheduled for Sunday’s film “Confession.”
Stage Salutes are promotional events organized by the film distributors that are popular with local moviegoers as they allow the audience to watch the film alongside the actors and ask questions in person.
For a series of stage welcome events for “Confession,” cast members So Ji-sub, Kim Yun-jin, and Nana were scheduled to visit CGV Yongsan, Megabox Coex, and Lotte Cinema Konkuk University, all in Seoul.
“We ask for your understanding. This decision was made as we entered a week-long national period of mourning,” Lotte Entertainment said in a statement.
Remember distributor Acemaker Movieworks also scrapped its plan to hold a stage welcome event on Sunday featuring actors Lee Sung-min and Nam Joo-hyuk.
The distributor of the new comedy film Men of Plastic, starring Korean-American actor Don Lee, better known as Ma Dong-seok, canceled its press conference scheduled for Monday on Sunday.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their families of the unfortunate accident in Itaewon. We also wish a speedy recovery for those injured who are being treated,” Showbox said.
Terrestrial broadcasters have decided to focus on special coverage of the Itaewon incident instead of broadcasting entertainment shows and drama series originally scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
SBS drama series Cheer Up and reality shows Same Bed, Different Dreams 2 – You Are My Destiny and Dolsing Fourmen – or Four Divorced Men – were among the canceled shows.
Korean music network Mnet has also decided to skip episodes of this week’s popular shows, including Artistock Game, Street Man Fighter Commentary, Street Man Fighter, M Countdown, and Show Me the Money.
Meanwhile, many Korean movie stars expressed their condolences after the accident in Itaewon.
“Pray for Itaewon. I will pray for their souls,” actress Ko So-young wrote on her Instagram.
Actor Kim Hye-soo on Sunday shared the phone numbers to call to report missing people from the Itaewon disaster.
Actor Hong Suk-chun, widely known as the owner of several restaurants closed due to COVID-19 in Itaewon, said on his Instagram, “Please pray. May the souls of the deceased rest in peace.”
International stars like Jamie Lee Curtis and Michelle Yeoh also expressed their condolences from overseas.
Yeoh wrote on her Instagram: “So shocked and saddened by the tragedy of Itaewon. Heartfelt condolences.”
“A terrible tragedy in Seoul. The loss of so many young people enjoying the freedom to celebrate together again. When we gather in our groups on Halloween in our own way, we keep them and their families close,” Curtis said on Twitter.
By Song Seung-hyun ([email protected])