Actor Kim Soo Hyun requested to cancel the mineral water commercial in China upon the unforeseen controversy. Yesterday, actress Jun Ji Hyun and actor Kim Soo Hyun were selected to model the Chinese Hung Dao Group’s mineral water. Jun Ji Hyun filmed her part of the commercial in China, and Kim Soo Hyun filmed in Korea. The issue started when actress Jun Ji Hyun and actor Kim Soo Hyun signed the contract to film a mineral water commercial in China, which marked the origin of water as Changbai Mountain instead of Baekdu Mountain. The Chinese government marks the mountain as Changbai Mountain, and the name Baekdu Mountain is officially prohibited for use. The Korean government sees Baekdu Mountain as part of its property and argues for Baekdu Mountain as the correct name.
When the origin of water became a controversy among his fans, Kim Soo Hyun’s agency published a public statement acknowledging their mistake and apologizing that it was their fault not to check how the origin of water was marked on the bottle. When the controversy did not subside, Kim Soo Hyun’s agency requested to the Hung Dao group in China to cancel the contract and airing of the commercial. In related news, actress Jun Ji Hyun and actor Kim Soo Hyun had been some of the top models for many Chinese marketing and advertisement agencies after the success of the SBS drama “You Who Came From The Stars.”