November 18, 2016 12:38
Film director Hong Sang-soo has filed for divorce mediation at the Seoul Family Court amid a media frenzy over his whirlwind romance with much younger actress Kim Min-hee.
Hong married his wife in 1985 and the couple have a daughter.
Korean law requires all couples seeking divorce to go through mediation to avoid taking up court time with acrimonious divorce trials. If the two sides reach an agreement, the terms have legal validity.
Kim is 34 to Hong's 56, and they met while filming "Right Now, Wrong Then" last year. Hong has since left his family. He reportedly asked his wife several times to divorce him, but she refused, but neither has so far commented on his affair with Kim.
Since the story broke Hong has attended only movie festivals abroad but kept a low profile in Korea to the point of missing the premiere of his latest movie "Yourself and Yours" earlier this month.
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