The award-winning film “Assassination” won their lawsuit and cleared up any doubts that the movie was plagiarized.
In August 2015, writer Choi Jong Lim sued Assassination for plagiarizing his novel. He demanded 10 billion won (approximately $8.5 million USD) as compensation and requested a preliminary injunction for the movie to be taken down from theaters.
On May 28, 2017, the producers of Assassination announced that they had won their third and final trial. The Supreme Court ruled on May 26, 2017, Upon looking into the original verdict and the plaintiffs grounds for appeal, it has become clear that the appeal is groundless. We unanimously refute the plaintiffs appeal.
The producers of Assassination explained, From the beginning, the court never ruled in Choi Jong Lims favor. Choi Jong Lims initial preliminary injunction was rejected, and neither the first nor the second trials were ruled in his favor. This is because there is no substantial similarity between the plaintiffs novel Korean Memories and our movie Assassination. Moreover, the court has unanimously agreed that historical facts cannot be monopolized by one person and are free for use by all creators.
They added, To protect the the rights and honor of the creators and staff members of Assassination, we have done our best in the trials during these past 22 months. Moving forward, we hope that there will be no more cases of creators suffering from indiscriminate plagiarism lawsuits.
Meanwhile, Assassination is film starring Jun Ji Hyun, Lee Jung Jae, Ha Jung Woo, and more. It was a huge box-office success, achieving over 10 million ticket sales.