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Japanese ‘Dae Jang Geum’ porn? Is nothing sacred?

daejangero.jpgThe Imjin War. Thirty-five years of colonization. Yasukuni Shrine. Dokdo.

Now this.

The Kyunghyang Shinmun‘s Sports Khan reports that a Japanese adult channel/video company has hired no-name Korean actors to do an erotic version of the popular Korean drama “Dae Jang Geum.”

Jam City, the company in question, plans to release the video series “The Garden of Sensual Court Lady Jang Geum” on DVD on March 24 (mark your calendar!). Like the drama, which catapult Korean actress Lee Young-ae to stardom throughout East Asia, the four-part DVD series is set in 16th century Joseon Korea and tells the success story of a heroine possessing both beauty and superior cooking skills.

Unlike the original, however, this version features on-screen sex as graphic as allowed in Japan. In Part 1, “The Forbidden Dish,” the heroine uses—no, I don’t make this up—Korean foods and specialties as sex toys. In Part 2, “The Medical Art of Pleasure,” we are treated to scenes of, ahem, inappropriate relations between a doctor and a court lady.

Even the title of the DVD series is similar to that of the NHK title of the original—”The Vow of the Palace Court Lady Jang Geum.”

The videos star no-name Korean actors hired by Japanese and Korean production companies. The Japanese side, however, has been using a picture of “Dae Jang Geum” star Lee Young-ae in press reports that make it seem like the Korean beauty really appears in the video (“Korean Wave star Lee Young-ae takes erotica to a higher level in this parody version.”). Ono Masashi, the president of the Jam City, said he hopes to spark a “Korean Wave boom” in the Japanese adult video market with his “Dae Jang” work. He also said he was considering another video featuring—you may wish to sit down for this—Korean and Japanese actors working together.

The humanity.

“Dae Jang Geum” producer MBC, fresh off getting dissed by the North Koreans, appears prepared to issue a legal challenge. An MBC official said he was startled to learn that a video such as this was made in a foreign country without Korea’s knowledge (moronic statement, as a Korean production company was apparently involved in the hiring). He complained it went beyong the bounds of parody to use the “Dae Jang Geum” for an adult video and constituted a copyright violation. Claiming the marketing of such a video in Japan was done to scar the image of “Dae Jang Geum,” a leading player in the Korean Wave, he said MBC would strongly respond after discussions with copyright and legal specialists in Japan.

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  • SomeguyinKorea

    “He complained it went beyong the bounds of parody to use the “Dae Jang Geum” for an adult video and constituted a copyright violation.”

    I wager he’s not a big fan of movies like Desperately Horny Housewives and Genital Hospital.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    I’d wager that…

  • dogbertt

    The videos star no-name Korean actors hired by Japanese and Korean production companies.

    Did Lee Young-ae hold out for too much money?

  • Zonath

    Hopefully the lead actress of this ‘parody’ won’t be as dopey-looking as Lee Young-ae.

    I wonder what parody laws are like in Japan. I’d say South Korea, too, but based on the Starpreya/Starbucks case, I have my doubts that the Patent Court would find much similarity between the two at all. ;)

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Hopefully the lead actress of this ‘parody’ won’t be as dopey-looking as Lee Young-ae.

    OK, now, I’ve said this several times on this blog—as much as I have disliked just about everything Lee Young-ae has been in, I still think she’s one of the most beautiful women in Korea, if not the whole of East Asia. She’s also smart and refined—or at least she comes off that way.

  • tambe

    “Korean foods and specialties as sex toys”

    Ah! Awesome! The Koreans will go crazy!

  • R. Elgin

    Man, I really hope they have no denjung . . .

  • http://hojupjimong.wordpress.com/ JiMong

    Let’s give a round of applause on these porn film producers for their creativity and recycling efforts.

  • Hatch SZ

    “Korean foods and specialties as sex toys”
    Shouldn’t the Koreans be happy yet another use has been found for kimchi?

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  • http://www.imbermedia.net/ Darin
  • http://bighominid.blogspot.com bighominid

    Shouldn’t the Koreans be happy yet another use has been found for kimchi?

    Condom-ment.

    Kevin

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Spelling error corrected, Darin.

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  • hardyandtiny

    I don’t like it.

  • http://www.imbermedia.net/ Darin

    Yummy. I see “she’s one of the most beautiful women in Korea” and instantly did an image search wondering who she could be (I’m not knowledgeable of Korean actresses, particularly by name) only to find pictures of an old man…

  • Breaktrack

    That’s funny as hell Darin! With this new erotic drama, the next Korean wave will take the world by storm. Hell, Korean dramas will finally be popular in mainstream America.

  • globalvillageidiot

    My wife was hooked on that series. I couldn’t get my usual fix of Discovery and CNN for months. Tried arguing about it, but realized very quickly it wasn’t worth the grief. Later, tried watching it a few times, but would generally give up after a few minutes, grab a beer from the fridge, and get on the computer. I would probably find a revised version with creatively “placed” 김밥, 호박, or whatever other classy ideas Jam City is cooking up, to be somewhat more attention grabbing than the original, though that isn’t saying much.

  • wjk

    it’s all Japan’s fault !

  • judge judy

    i can hear the sound of aneurisms all across the country.

  • jdog2050

    Hmmm, is nothing sacred in Japan? Well, this *is* the country that *just* banned child porn like 3 years ago so…

    Anyway, this is super awesome. I wonder if more koreans will be open to the idea of true porn if kimchi is involved.

  • seouldout

    Someguy –

    I wager he’s not a big fan of movies like Desperately Horny Housewives and Genital Hospital.

    That is the money shot. Why bother with bollocky made-in-Japan pixelated porn? The good ole USA is where this ought to be produced. In Falwell v. Flynt the Supreme Court blessed parody. And thousands of parody XXX films, like the titles you mentioned, certainly show that the legal cover exists. Hmmm…just need to spring a certain Canadian English teacher from the click.

  • cm

    I’ve never thought Lee Young-ae is that beautiful, but I hear she’s pleasing to the eyes of many Chinese fans.

    Standard of beauty is different in each country.

  • http://www.wmga.net captbbq

    If they are using Korean “b” actors for the film, how are they getting around the threat of procesution for making porn overseas.

    Dae Jang Geum wasn’t over soon enough. Every episode was indistinguishable from the last as the major plot resolution was invariabley the protagonist cooking something. Someone gets sick, she cooks, makes it better. Some old uptight bitch gets mad at her, she cooks and makes it better. Hideyoshi invades again, yup, cooking makes it all better. Now they had to go and make Dae Jang Geum II, (Hwang Jinnee/황진이). Only now instead of cooking being the end all for all the hermit kingdoms ills, the girl just dances to cringe inducing melodies of the most arrythimic and tonedef musicians Chosun has to offer. Yippee.

  • wolfgang

    I assume the actors will be tracked down and arrested like the teacher from a few stories back.

    Anyone have a link to the news I just saw on CNN about a Korean American arrested for acting as a North Korean spy?

  • virtual wonderer

    hahaha…

    Don’t get excited lads… this being a pr0n from nippon, anything good will be pixelated.

  • estebanko

    captbbq:

    Sounds like she needs to be played by Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray

  • Hwarang

    Wolfgang, I didn’t see anything on CNN but there’s an article at http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-12-08-korea-espionage_x.htm?csp=34

  • montclaire

    Lee Young-ae is all right if you like jowls.

  • http://www.imbermedia.net/ Darin

    jdog2050, not that it makes that much of a difference, Child Porn was banned in Japan in 1999 with the Protecting Children Online law, so it’s been 7 years now.

    For reference, the US has been clean for 29 years since the 1977 Sexual Exploitation of Children Act.

    As for the Dae Jang Geum porn, I’d have to agree with seouldout, Japanese porn is censored, it’d be better done in the states or some other country.

  • Sonagi

    Captbbq said:

    “Every episode was indistinguishable from the last as the major plot resolution was invariabley the protagonist cooking something. Someone gets sick, she cooks, makes it better. Some old uptight bitch gets mad at her, she cooks and makes it better. Hideyoshi invades again, yup, cooking makes it all better. ”

    That sounds suspiciously like the plot of the French 2000-release “Chocolat,” starring Juliette Binoche. Critics of the movie noted that fixing everyone’s personal problems with a chocolate concotion got old after awhile, and it was only a two-hour movie.

  • Sonagi

    Oops, “Chocolat” was actually a Hollywood flick with a French name.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    According to imdb.com, Chocolat is a British/American co-production.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    was…

  • http://glenbae.livejournal.com/ nerdieboy

    Who would really want to see this (except to laugh at how bad it is)? It sounds horrible, sex was the last thing on my mind when I saw that series. Except when DJG’s friend kept crying and was devestated because the King wouldn’t “bless” her, and there I just felt uncomfortable.

    Speaking of Rachel Ray (estebanko)- nws kinda
    http://img107.exs.cx/img107/958/untitled29.jpg

  • montclaire

    I see that according to a recent Japanese poll, good feelings towards Korea have declined steadily and are now at their lowest point since 1986. So much for Hallyu. Well done, flag-biters!

  • http://www.solomonia.com/blog Solomon

    I can’t wait for this (someone will de-pixelate, I’m sure). My wife was totally addicted to this show (dubbed Japanese on NHK). I never even knew what the name of the show was — just called it “Hat Hairy,” cause everyone in it either wears a funny hat or has a crazy hair style.

    Kyeon Mi-ri was my fave.

  • railwaycharm

    My word, can it be so? This will be viewed as flattery.