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Kang Ho Dong Admits to Tax Evasion

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2011.09.05 14:51 Mwave Park, HyunMin

Top MC Kang Ho Dong has officially admitted to dodging his taxes.

On September 5, Kang Ho Dong’s agency sent enews an official press release stating, “Through a recent tax audit headed by the National Tax Service, Kang Ho Dong was levied additional taxes of hundreds of millions of won. We apologize for the bad news and for arousing the concern of fans everywhere.”

“My image will be become that of a comedy actor,” but later he stated, “I’m a mellow movie actor so there’s no chance of [me becoming typecast as a comedy actor].” This is actor Kang Ji Hwan.

Kang Ji Hwan, who showed his comedic chops through My Girlfriend is an Agent has now fully changed his image with Detective Cha.

Detective Cha is a comedic movie in which a beer-belly detective hits the runway as a model to complete his mission.

Kang Ho Dong Admits to Tax Evasion

Kang Ho Dong Admits to Tax Evasion

About the suspicions of tax evasion, the statement also said, “For about five months we faithfully followed the due process and investigation of the National Tax Service with our lawyers and tax office. Our lawyer and tax office argued that the Tax Service should acknowledge some necessary expenses, but in the end it was decided that Kang Ho Dong had not paid enough taxes for his declared items, and so was made to pay additional taxes.”


It also added, “We promise again that as a citizen of the Republic of Korea, he will sincerely do his duty as a citizen according to the law.”

The official press release is as follows:


This is the position of Kang Ho Dong’s agency.

First, we apologize for the bad news, released on the morning of September 5, and for arousing the concern of fans everywhere. Through a recent tax audit headed by the National Tax Service, Kang Ho Dong was levied additional taxes of hundreds of millions of won.

For about five months we faithfully followed the due process and investigation of the National Tax Service with our lawyers and tax office. Our lawyer and tax office argued that the Tax Service should acknowledge some necessary expenses, but in the end it was decided that Kang Ho Dong had not paid enough taxes for his declared items and so was made to pay additional taxes.

Kang Ho Dong will be faithfully paying the additional taxes.

Putting all reasons and processes aside, we apologize for being the subject of concern for fans, and also the nation in general.

We promise again that as a citizen of the Republic of Korea, Kang Ho Dong will sincerely do his duty as a citizen according to the law.

Again, we are very sorry Kang Ho Dong has been named in this disgraceful event.

Photo credit: KBS

For his role in the movie, Kang Ji Hwan gained 12 kg and later shed 15 kg during the movie’s filming. Many women will understand the pain of dieting Kang Ji Hwan went through.

Kang Ji Hwan told enews, “The most difficult part was losing the weight.” To show the dramatic weight loss in the movie, Kang Ji Hwan lost 3-4 kg more than his normal weight. Since then, the actor has gained a little more. However, he added, “If it was a traditional movie, I would be more proud of the weight gain and loss, but since it’s a comedy movie, I feel like my efforts have been slightly overlooked.”

In addition to being overweight, the role of detective Cha was a dirty and messy one. For this role, the normally dandy Kang Ji Hwan completely shed his former image. Just seeing Kang in his dramatic fashion for his role elicits laughter.

In the movie, Kang Ji Hwan wears a broken Batman belt and puts his dress pants inside his socks to meet fashion designer Go Young Jae (Sung Yuri). This astounding fashion and scene was all made by Kang himself.

Kang Ho Dong Admits to Tax Evasion


“To study ‘homeless fashion’, I visited Yeongdeungpo Station, Seoul Station and Cheongryangri Station. One day there was a free ramen day for the homeless at Yeongdeungpo Station which I attended and gained a lot of fashion ideas from. I bought my clothes at the marketplace and I wore my Batman belt as a fashion statement, but due to trademark rights, I broke off [part of the belt],” said Kang Ji Hwan.

Fashion isn’t the only thing the actor prepared. Kang prepared many ad-libs for his role that weren’t in the script. Teaming up with the director of My Girlfriend is an Agent once more, director Shin Tae Ra left much of the dialogue up to him.

“The scenes where detective Cha looks after his health with traditional medicine and where his sweat soaked socks stands out were all from my head. The scene where I’m singing as Sung Yuri applies makeup to my wound was also thought of by me,” said Kang Ji Hwan.

Photo credit: Detective Cha Still cut

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