This is a sad situation all around, whether one roots for the left behind wife or the couple in love, someone’s getting hurt and likely all three. That’s why love triangles are only good for generation tension in dramas, in real life it feels like everyone loses. Still married director Hong Sang Soo has openly declared his love for actress Kim Min Hee during their promotional tour for new movie On the Beach at Night Alone, an unusual move in Korea where adultery was criminalized until recently and where social norms remain quite traditional and conservative.
It remains to be seen if either or both will suffer any ramifications in their professional career, but on the personal front their romance remains mired in controversy due to Hong Sang Soo’s wife refusing to divorce him. He filed for divorce last year and she’s refused service of process twice under the auspices of not being home to accept it. This week the court tried for the third time to deliver the petition to her and she once again did not accept, declaring that she has nothing to say other than believing her husband will one day return to her.
As a matter of law the court can hear the divorce petition in absentia if the respondent continues to refuse service of process but it’s just so sad to hear a wife holding on so tightly to a marriage where the husband has made it publicly known that he wants to divorce her and is in love with another woman. Marriage is an institution and contract between two people but in this case no one can force another to stay in a marriage if he wants out other than as a pure legality so I hope these three can reach a resolution soon and everyone can move on.