MBC’s mystery-thriller Missing 9 gets hit with sanctions
The Korean Communications Commission’s broadcasting committee voted to sanction mystery-thriller Missing 9 for the gruesomeness depicted in some of its murder and violence scenes. This MBC drama stars Jung Kyung-ho and Baek Jin-hee as an idol and his stylist who crash-land on a deserted island. Through the course of the drama, they engage in a dark psychological battle and fight for survival in the wilderness along with fellow castaways.
Among the scenes that Missing 9 was criticized for is one depicting an iron rod falling on top of a moving vehicle, resulting in blood splattering on the windshield (implying death on impact). In addition, there was another scene where people were found hanging by their necks in trees. Because of the provocativeness and extreme violent nature of these scenes during air times when adolescents were watching, the drama received a violation “warning,” per accordance with Article 37, Clause 6, and Article 44, Clause 2, of Korea’s broadcasting regulation laws.
After receiving these criticisms, a representative of the Missing 9 team assured KCC subcommittee members that they would rectify the situation by holding education workshops on appropriate content for future programming. Of course, it’s a little too late to change things now because the drama has already ended, but maybe this action was supposed to warn future productions from the major broadcasting channels not to incorporate more violence into their dramas because children could be watching. Personally, I think this is a moot point because 21st-century kids, especially in tech-saavy Korea, have access to the Internet and video games that definitely contain more violence than Missing 9.
Other shows that were hit with disciplinary measures include KBS’s Boarding House Daughters, SBS’s Morning Wide and SBS Golf Academy, but these were found to be in violation of excessive advertisement regulations.
Via DongA Sports
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