South Korea: Babylon Is Not So Far

It was a familiar role for South Korea's favorite movie lovers, handsome Choi Moo Ryong, 34, and beautiful Kim Ji Mi, 24, who had co-starred in no fewer than 50 films. But this time the plot was straight improvisation, and strictly off-camera. When the Seoul public prosecutor reviewed their performance, he clapped them into prison on charges of adultery.

Adultery is a criminal offense in many parts of the world,* but arrests are rare, particularly where famous figures are involved. Choi was the Rock Hudson of Korea, idol of the pigtail set. Kim was once called by a Korean movie critic...

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