Cancellation of JYJ documentary leads some to wonder about SM Entertainment‘s influence
A screening of “The Day”, a documentary on the daily life of K-pop group JYJ, was cancelled Monday, prompting questions over the real reason for cancellation. JYJ’s management C-Jes Entertainment stated “‘The Day’ was to be released in theaters on Feb. 9 in more than 20 CGV theaters. The relevant contracts had been signed. But on Jan 20, one day after initial reporting on the film, CGV unilaterally gave us notice of cancellation.” C-Jes Entertainment also stated, “We filed claims to the Fair Trade Commission and the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission on Jan 27. In addition, we are taking steps to file law suits.”*
Initially, “The Day” was to be shown on cable TV channel QTV, but this plan was also suddenly cancelled just a few days before the screening. In reaction to this, the film version to be shown in theaters, but this has failed as well.
CGV is an affiliate of CJ E&M, which operates the music channel Mnet. As a result, suspicion has arisen amongst fans that companies could be minding SM Entertainment, members of JYJ‘s former management.
In response, CGV explained, “External pressure from SM Entertainment is nonsense.” It added,“There have been many internal issues such as not having had internal screening, therefore we made the decision to cancel the screening.”
(By Surh Jung-min, Music Correspondent; Translated by Kim Joon-ki, Intern)
* Please see this post for CJes updated notice