“Falling from a horse=animal abuse? NO” ‘Taejong Lee Bang-won’ Afterwards, efforts to protect animal rights [Focus S]

▲ Taejong Lee Bang-won, Goryeo Khitan War poster. Provided KBS2
▲ Taejong Lee Bang-won, Goryeo Khitan War poster. Provided KBS2

[SPOTV News = Reporter Yoo Eun-bi] ‘Taejong Lee Bang-won’ Following the horse abuse controversy, movements to protect animal rights were captured on KBS.

Following KBS’s ‘Taejong Lee Bang-won’, who was sentenced to a fine on charges of animal cruelty, and KBS2’Goryeo Khitan War’, Nakmashin is causing controversy every day.

KBS2’s ‘Goryeo Khitan War’, which aired on the 14th, contained a confrontation between Kang Gam-chan (Choi Soo-jong) and Hyeonjong (Kim Dong-jun) over the initiation of local reform. After ordering Gang Gam-chan to leave Gaegyeong, King Hyeonjong could not control his anger, so he screamed while driving his horse, and suffered a fall from his horse while trying to avoid a cart that blocked his path.

After the broadcast, voices of criticism about the scene grew louder. The main criticism is that the content has not been historically researched at all. Viewers criticized the falling horse scene, saying, “It feels like the plot of a last-minute drama,”and writer Gil Seung-soo also said, “I explained Hyeonjong’s character well to the production team, but in the end, the script writer used it however he wanted and this led to the failure. “They are making a fool out of someone who can be considered the most famous soldier in Korean history,” he said.

Moreover, just six months ago, KBS broadcasted ‘Taejong Lee Bang-won’ As the scene of falling from a horse caused trouble, the voices of criticism grew louder.

Last year, after the scene of Lee Seong-gye (Kim Young-cheol) falling from a horse in ‘Taejong Lee Bang-won’ went viral, ropes were tied to the horse’s front legs during the filming process, causing the horse to fall on purpose, and equipment was used even though it was not for breeding or training. Allegations of animal abuse arose.

▲ KBS2 Drama \'Taejong Lee Bang-won\' Capture of the controversial scene.
▲ KBS2 Drama \’Taejong Lee Bang-won\’ Capture of the controversial scene.

While the horse eventually died, three members of the production team, including producer Mr. Kim, were eventually brought to trial, and the three production crew members, including KBS producer Mr. Kim, who were indicted, were each sentenced to a fine of 10 million won on the 17th. As the dual punishment rule was applied, KBS, which was also indicted, was fined. Sentenced to 5 million won.

Netizens expressed their inability to understand the reason for adding a high-level falling horse scene that violates animal rights while distorting history, and writer Gil also went through a lot of trouble because of his words in “Taejong Lee Bang-won,””He also revealed his sad stance on the falling horse scene.

However, ‘Goryeo Khitan War’ The side’s position is that it is somewhat unfair to criticize that Nakmashin is unconditionally abusive to horses.

KBS ‘Taejong Lee Bang-won’ After the controversy, the broadcast production guide was revised by adding and specifying it. ‘Goryeo Khitan War’ A representative told SPOTV News on the 19th, “We are working to ensure detailed management by designating an animal welfare manager in accordance with KBS’ broadcast production guide – animal appearances,”and are working to ensure detailed management of animal appearances in order to respond to emergency situations. “I am accompanying the city veterinarian,” he said.

In the existing broadcast production guide, items for animal appearances, which were expressed abstractly, were changed to ‘appointment of welfare personnel’ and ‘accompaniment by a veterinarian’ after the controversy over ‘Taejong Lee Bang-won’ It has been specified and added, etc.

Also, ‘Goryeo Khitan War’ Regarding the need for the controversial falling horse scene, the production company also explained, “We are thoroughly reviewing internally the need for animal appearances at the script stage to minimize the number of animal appearances.”That scene was an essential part of the drama’s development.

▲ Goryeo Khitan War filming site. Provided KBS Goryeo Khitan War Side
▲ Goryeo Khitan War filming site. Provided KBS Goryeo Khitan War Side

In fact, ‘Goryeo Khitan War’ Looking at the side filming scenes, the cast members climb ladders of similar heights and film as if they were riding horses, in order to reduce unnecessary strain on the horses. The falling horse scene also said, “We are using dummies and computer graphics as much as possible, and through this we are refraining from excessive animal actions.”

‘Goryeo Khitan War’ The side has not made any official statement regarding the development in question. However, director Jeon Woo-sung chose the changing history of Emperor Hyeonjong of Goryeo as a point to watch in the ‘Khitan War of Goryeo’ and said, “Please watch the process of King Hyeonjong overcoming the crisis and transforming into a powerful king.” Kim Dong-jun also said, “I hope you will take a close look at the changes and actions of Goryeo, which is gradually becoming stronger and more established after experiencing confusion and pain, and Hyeonjong, who is growing from a childish young king to become the true emperor of Goryeo.”

Indeed, ‘Goryeo Khitan War’ Episodes 19 and 20, which will be aired this coming weekend, are expected to be an important watershed in determining viewers’ reactions as to whether they will be able to convince viewers that the scene in question was necessary for the plot to unfold.

▲ Goryeo Khitan War filming site. Provided KBS Goryeo Khitan War Side
▲ Goryeo Khitan War filming site. Provided KBS Goryeo Khitan War Side

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