'Silence' actor allegedly attacks Taiwan immigration official

03/22/2015 08:48 PM
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Taipei, March 22 (CNA) Japanese Korean actor Daisuke Ryu (隆大介), who is visiting Taiwan to film director Martin Scorsese's new historical drama "Silence," allegedly attacked a Taiwanese immigration official at the airport on Saturday.

The Ministry of Culture issued a statement on Sunday, saying members of the film crew have expressed deep regret over the incident and apologized to the official involved.

They promised to visit the official, pay medical costs and assist with compensation, according to the ministry.

Local media reported that Ryu, also known as Myongnam Chang, apparently attacked the official after being asked to fill out an entry form at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport upon his arrival.

According to National Immigration Agency officials, Ryu was drunk when he attacked the official, causing minor fractures.

The actor was questioned by a prosecutor and is prohibited from leaving Taiwan until a ruling is made in the case.

The "Silence" film crew issued a statement late on Sunday saying Ryu had been scheduled to play a small part in the film but following the incident his contract had been terminated.

Ryu is best known for his role in Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's movie "Kagemusha."

Scorsese is currently filming "Silence" in Taiwan. The film's cast includes "Taken" star Liam Neeson and "Amazing Spider-Man" star Andrew Garfield.

"Silence" is an adaptation of Japanese writer Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel of the same name. It is about the persecution of two Jesuit priests who traveled to Japan in the 17th Century to find their mentor and spread Christianity.

(By Sabine Cheng and Christie Chen)ENDITEM/ AW

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