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Joe Odagiri on the Autograph Controversy

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2011.12.14 10:52 Mwave Lee, JinHo

Joe Odagiri of the film My Way opened up on the autograph controversy that recently spiked up in Korea.

Joe Odagiri on the Autograph Controversy

The press preview and roundtable for My Way took place on December 13 in Seoul. Lead actors Jang Dong Gun, Joe Odagiri and Fan Bing Bing were present.

While speaking of his acting style, Joe Odagiri started on the subject, saying, “I’m aware that my autograph has caused a controversy in Korea. I was taken aback and shocked at articles that said I had insulted Koreans.”

Joe Odagiri had recently visited Korea in October to attend the 16th Busan International Film Festival. When a fan asked him for an autograph, he signed not his own name, but the name of a popular Japanese female singer, Koda Kumi, in Japanese, causing many to believe he had insulted his Korean fans.

He explained, “I had no ill will behind the act. When fans ask me for autographs in Japan also, I sometimes even draw or write the things that come to my head at the time. If there was a misunderstanding, I’m very sorry for it. I’m regretful [for acting in a way that would cause such a misunderstanding].”

My Way is a film which draws the friendship between a Joseon man and a Japanese man in a tumultuous war. The film will premiere on December 22.

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