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Super Junior’s Hankyung requests to terminate his contract.
Posted 12/21/09 , edited 12/24/09



Looks like SM Entertainment just might lose another star... After the JaeChunSu trio turned their backs against their company in regards to their unfair contract, Hankyung (Hangeng) of Super Junior decided to take their lead and attempt to opt out as well.

According to a related source in China, Hankyung filed a request at the Seoul Central District Court to make his contract with SM Entertainment null and void at noon on the 21st.

Hankyung, who is well-known as the only Chinese member in Super Junior, is popular amongst both the Asian youth and media. With his good reputation and talent, many speculated that the singer would go on to have a very successful solo career as well. However, rumor has it that the contract forbade Hankyung from pursuing a solo career, creating a rift that led to this contract termination request.

The press stated,

"No specific details have yet been released towards this termination request. However, it is likely the reason is because of the unfairness the contract holds in regards to Hankyung's personal development."

Currently, Hankyung's legal representative is remaining silent. So what do you guys think? Is Super Junior finally reaching its end, downfall after downfall?

Update -

Amidst all the fiasco the k-pop world is going through at the moment, allkpop was able to successfully retrieve the actual document used to file in Super Junior member Hankyung's contract termination request. This yet proves this case is indeed serious; thus we must all be concerned what's waiting for us next.




Hankyung tells his fans to not worry through Cyworld.

Amidst all the drama that has ensued following the news that Hankyung had requested to have his contract with SM Entertainment terminated, the man himself has spoken on his Cyworld about his current state of mind.

Hankyung posted on his Cyworld:

I am fine right now, I know that all of you are there for me!

I love you all ~~~


Not much else was said but I am sure his fans will still be anxious about the ensuing developments that will probably spill over into 2010.

Is Hankyung’s contract termination request a publicity stunt?

When the scandal regarding Super Junior member Hankyung's request to terminate his contract with SM Entertainment broke out recently, the Korean and Chinese media immediately began scrambling to dig deeper into this issue and read between the lines.

ifeng.com recently held a poll to see how E.L.F members were taking the situation; an overwhelming number of people speculate that this is SME's attempt to create a succès de scandale to raise sales for Super Junior's upcoming concert.

According to the poll, approximately 80% of the fans believed that SM Entertainment had created this controversy in order to hype up Super Junior's upcoming concert in China on January 23, 2010 by conjuring a controversy around Super Junior's single Chinese member. Many don't buy into the coincidence that the tickets went on sale to the public on the 18th, a mere three days before the Hankyung scandal surfaced.

Personally, I have no opinion on the situation yet because there isn't enough information out... but at this point, what's your take on this matter - is Hankyung a victim of a slave contract, a marketing scheme or not a victim at all?


Credits : Allkpop

SJ-M stop Activities

Since reporting that Korean group Super Junior-M’s leader Han Geng filed a contract termination request against SM Entertainment on December 21st, it has triggered many speculations from the media world. Recently, a reporter noticed that the December 30th event guest list for “Passionate Animation Festival” includes SJM’s member Henry’s name.

The reporter realized that Henry’s name is not linked with other members, but with SM’s Chinese female artist, Zhang Li Yin to sing her song, “Love Me”. According to festival producers, they originally planned for the entire group to appear at the event but because of the recent lawsuit, SM declared that SJM cannot perform due to “internal reasons” and offered the Zhang Li Yin & Henry combination instead of the originally planned complete SJM group. The festival staff member then said, “Afterwards, we learned that SJM cannot attend because of Han Geng’s contract termination. Currently, the company is consulting with Han Geng on this matter. During this stage of Han Geng’s leave of the group, SJM will also temporarily disband, and Henry with Zhang Li Yin will represent the company by forming a group for future promotions.”

About SM’s temporary adjustment, the producers welcomed it. ”Before SJM required 150,000 in appearance fees, now with only Henry and Zhang Li Yin, it is only 50,000. The fee difference is quite a lot.”

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Not Just Hangeng; 6 Members Of Super Junior File For Lawsuit Against SM


Date: 2009.12.23
Time: 14:41

[Sina Entertainment News] The day before, Hangeng, the only Chinese member of Asia's super popular group, Super Junior, filed for a termination of his "exclusive contract" with SM Entertainment. According to the latest news from Korea, Hangeng is not the only one who filed the lawsuit. Other Super Junior members have also filed a similar lawsuit, and they include: Lee Teuk, Yesung, Kangin, Eun Hyuk and Donghae. The only reason why news about Hangeng was exposed first, is because of his nationality.

According to the lawsuit, Hangeng has not had any rest in 2 years, causing him to suffer from fatigue, which also resulted in chronic gastritis, illnesses related to his kidney, lumbar disc herniation, as well as a visible decrease in body strength. However, SM Entertainment rejected Hangeng's requests for rest, and continued to schedule activities for him, which caused Hangeng to suffer a lot of pain.

According to the contents of the lawsuit, since the time of his debut, Hangeng didn't even have one day of rest per week. For 2 years, Hangeng has continuously done his overseas schedules as well, and had no choice but to continue with his schedules without any rest. In his contract with SM, there are clauses stating that he has to pay the company monetary damages should he be unable to fulfill the schedules arranged for him. Thus, even when he was in poor health, he had no choice but to follow through with his schedules.

Once the news broke out, many fans have expressed the wish for SM and the members to be able to make peace, and make changes to their contracts, as well as expressed hope that Super Junior will not face the threat of disbanding.

Source: [Sina]
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Take Note - Regarding bout the other 6 members of SuJu Filed for Lawsuit against SM article, Is just a Rumor. It has not been confirm.
btw, Read xDeaddOllsx post if you wanna know the reasons .___.


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Will Suju get disbanded?!
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Will Suju get disbanded?!


lets not even say that :]
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what? why?
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really shock....who's SM actually? such a waste that so many talent just take for granted
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Expected from SM, eh?
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It's sad, and the worse thing is that he's all alone in this....JaeSuChun have each other, but he doesn't (for now)...

there is an interview with his layer,it's very interesting:

http://dkpopnews.blogspot.com/2009/12/interviewhankyungs-lawyer-about-his.html
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i can´t believe it WHY? against sm is ok,but only one member,then why not together? its the same thing with dbsk
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really shock....who's SM actually? such a waste that so many talent just take for granted


SM is a company that manage BoA, DBSK, Super Junior, SNSD . . etc.
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yukik-o wrote:

Will Suju get disbanded?!


lets not even say that :]


lol I agree. Maybe not disband but something like 2PM?
back to 12 members ㅠ_ㅠ
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SM.... is going crazy right now....
DBSk.
Now SuJu?

WEll, I don't really have much attachment to SuJu.
But its still sad to see them disband.
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Interview with Hankyung’s legal representatives

Daily Joongang of Korea tried to reach Hankyung but was unable to reach him as he is currently in China. Instead, they were able to speak with his legal representatives.

- We heard that two separate actions were taken.
"To put it simply, the first action seeks to relieve him from the unfair contract and the second action asks to suspend the contract until the decision is made for the first one so that Hankyung may act on his individual will for the time being."

- When did Hankyung start planning on this action?
"We cannot answer that. We can only answer within the boundaries of what is described on the file."

- His arguments are the same as that of the three members of TVXQ / DBSK?
"Very similar. Hankyung also has 13 year contract with unfair terms."

- Did Hankyung have any contacts with the three members?
"We're not sure. He will soon release an official statement so wait for that."

- Has the date for the first trial been decided yet?
"The file did not even fully go through yet. DBSK's case took about two and a half months until a partial ruling was given and we expect about the same amount of time to be taken for this case. DBSK's case had numerous negotiations for settlements and couple trials so it took longer than usual. We hope that Hankyung's case would not be so long."

- Does Hankyung want to continue as Super Junior or does he want out?
"We don't know. Nothing has been decided in terms of Super Junior."

- We heard that he is preparing for solo activities in China.
"We haven't heard anything about that."

C.Allkpop.com

UPDATE; Hankyung, "No rest in 2 years.. From gastritis to kidney illness"

Hankyung, Super Junior's only Chinese member in the 13 member group, has filed a lawsuit against the effects of his exclusive contract with the defendant SM Entertainment because of their unfair activity scheduling which has caused him gastritis and kidney illness.

Through Hankyung's legal representative, the lawsuit to terminate his exclusive contract was filed on the 21st with the Seoul District Court.

According to the litigation, Hankyung has not even been given a single rest day per week after debut. It has been said, "Because of the recent continuous overseas activities etc, it has almost been 2 years since he last rested, he has been rushing schedules (all this while)." "Due to contract obligations and heavy penalties, even during bad health, he was not to skip any scheduled activities."

Hankyung's side emphasized, "Because of these kind of health problems, (he) has continuously put forward requests to rest, but has always been rejected." They added, "Except for when they started their perfomances in 2006, at other times, he had to stay in Korea." "Through their manager, Hankyung requested from SM for leave to return to China to rest but he was rejected every single time."

Hankyung's side added, Hankyung's exclusive contract terms ▶SM was definitely in a more superior position signing on unfair terms in the contract ▶The contract would span 13 years (starting from the release of their first album) ▶Incorporated excessive damages and in terms of the contract, if he voided it, he would be blocked (from other activities) ▶Allocation of rights and obligations in the contract were significantly off-balanced ▶SM had the right to request Hankyung to be in any activity ▶Profit-splitting rights and provisions were also off-balance, hence the intiation of the lawsuit against SM to terminate his exclusive contract.

On the other hand, after Hankyung intiated litigation, SM stated their stand that "for the sake of Super Junior and Hankyung, they are in talks to resolve the problem".

Source: 스타뉴스
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UPDATE; The reason why Hankyung brought in the lawsuit against SM


These are 6 unfair things from Hankyung's exclusive contract with SM which are stated by Hankyung's side (not sure from his lawyer or his representative)

1. The contract has many provisiosn which are in SM's favor. When the first contract was signed (January 2003) Hankyung was 18 then (underage) and being a Chinese person, he didnt know everything about Korean showbiz so SM had given him a contract with the content that SM suggested.

Not only that, but those side agreements with SM after then (on Febuary 2007 and December 2007) also were only from SM (aka Hankyung didnt have chance to suggest the provisions which are in his favor)


2. The period of the exclusive contract is 13 years is too long. The first contract was signed stated that it will be ended 10 years after Super Junior's 1st album but it has been extended to 13 years on the 2nd modified time. Super Junior's 1st album was released in December 2005 so the contract will be ended in December 2018 and Hankyung will be 35 then.

Moreover, if Hankyung gives up some activities because of his health or study, the contract's period will be extended according to the situation so it might be 13 years on the paper but it could be longer in real life and this violated seriously to Hankyung's civil right.


3. There is clause stated that Hankyung will have to pay SM a lot for breaking contract or creating damages toward the contract, thus this prevents Hankyung to cancel the contract or some agreements on the contract. If Hankyung wants to move to another company and continue his activities, he will have to pay SM threefold of the money that SM had invested to him and pay twofold for the loss of the remain time of his contract.


4. The amount between Hankyung's rights and responsibilities that stated in the contract are not the same. Hankyung has to follow and attend all the schedule that SM give him, has to do/follow all SM's orders/intrustions unconditionally but he doesnt have right to request his contract to be revised.


5. SM has forced Hankyung to do some activities that against his will.
At the training time, if Hankyung was late or absent or didnt fulfill his duty he would be fined 10,000won for the 1st time, 20,000won for the 2nd time. After debut, if he was late or absent from his schedule, he would have to pay for all the damage, if he cut the contact with SM more than 1 day according to the situation SM can cancel his contract. And if he doesnt fulfill his duty, according to the situation he could be fined 5,000,000won.

According to the contract, Hankyung doesnt have any right to decide for his schedule, he has to follow SM's words and only attend the events/performances that SM's manager designed for him. Hankyung even had been forced to attend some activities because of SM's order when he was ill.


6. The profit distribution and copyrights between SM and Hankyung.
During the contract period, all the copyright of albums and song will belong to SM. Although Hankyung wrote, composed, arranged the songs, they can be used by SM without his permission.

About the profit, the album has to be sold more than 50,000 pieces so that Hankyung can receive 2% the profit. The digital sales has to be equal with the net profit so Hankyung can get 10% and the oversea income has to be equal with the net profit too so Hankyung can get 60%.

About the oversea activities income, after SM deduct all the promotion activities's expenses & fees, the remain money will be divided among the members.

Source: 스타뉴스
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^feels like we're read it somewhere rite? its kinda the same with DBSK.
Anywae, if it's is true that hankyung suffered illness and was untreated fairly den forget bout Super Junior. I'm glad that he stood up for his rights.
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This sucks man.... *sigh* Super Junior and Hankyung oppa Fighting~
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NIESAH wrote:

really shock....who's SM actually? such a waste that so many talent just take for granted


SM is a company that manage BoA, DBSK, Super Junior, SNSD . . etc.


i knew it what i mean is what's the real face of sm? coz i guess they have been facing a lot of trouble with their artists since dbsk's lawsuit issue...n i have been hearing some of their bad action toward their artists such as dbsk,H.O.T
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waaaaaaaaa!
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SUJU! kep the faith !
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