SEOUL - A dead body floated to the surface of the Han River under Mapo Bridge in Seoul, where an American movie crew was filming a sequel to Hollywood blockbuster The Avengers, police said on Sunday.
"A security member of the movie crew aboard a boat found the body and reported it to the police at around 2.10pm," said an officer at Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.
A police team retrieved the badly decomposed body, which was later identified as that of a 21-year-old man surnamed Yoon. He was reported missing by his family on March 10, after sending a mobile text message expressing his despair.
Blocking all lanes on the bridge for nearly 12 hours from early in the morning, the American crew shot scenes for The Avengers: The Age Of Ultron on Sunday, the first day of their two-week stint in South Korea.
Discovering a dead body is not a particularly pleasant experience, and some even take it as a bad omen.
But director Joss Whedon can take solace in the fact that in the Korean film industry, seeing a ghost or any dreadful happening is considered a sign of good luck.
Whedon and his crew probably didn't know this when they chose Mapo Bridge as one of their six shooting locations here, but the bridge is a notorious suicide spot.
Of all the bridges in Seoul, Mapo Bridge attracted the most suicide attempts over the past five years, with the tally standing at 108. Some 48 of those who tried died.