Seoul CentralDistrict Court dismissed the defamation suit against ImSang-soo's ThePresident's Last Bang to be screened in its full version yesterday (Aug 10).
Selected forCannes Director's Fortnight in 2005, ThePresident's Last Bang dramatises the events thatsurrounded authoritarian president Park Chung-hee'sassassination on the night of
The defamation suitwas brought by Park Ji-man, son of late
Directly before thefilm's
In 2005, thecourts ruled against blocking the film in its entirety, but stated that 3 min.50 sec. of documentary footage at the beginning and end should be removed asthey might "confuse" viewers as to the fictional quality of the work.
The film was releasedwith music on a black screen replacing the removed footage. It garnered 1madmissions, but the banned footage was also kept off of
With this newverdict coming a year and a half after the film's release, Park Sang-soo of MK Picture's distribution team says, "We have noplans at the moment to re-release the film in its original form, or add footagein DVDs."