Wednesday, June 23, 2004

S.Koreans ask government to keep foreign film limit

SEOUL June 22 - South Korea's increasingly successful film industry urged the government on Tuesday to think again about a possible cut in restrictions on foreign films that have held up a free trade deal with the United States.

Under a ``screen quota'' law, originally designed to shield the domestic industry from Hollywood blockbusters, cinemas must show homegrown movies 40 percent of the time.

But on June 12, Culture Minister Lee Chang-dong - himself a prize-winning director - said South Korea was considering easing the limits to help foster creativity in an industry that produces more populist winning-formula films than art-house movies.

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