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CNN to Broadcast Special on Korean Film

2004/02/25 | 267 views | Permalink | Source

The cable news network CNN will run a special broadcast on Korean blockbusters like "Taegukgi", giving recognition to their global worth. "Taegukgi" production company Kang Je-gyu Film and distributor Showbox said Tuesday, "On Feb. 27, CNN BizAsia will report on the growth of Korean film, the background to that growth, and Korean film trends". They added, "The special will last more than 10 minutes, and is scheduled for broadcast not only in Asia, but all across the world". The program will introduce how Korean films based on true-stories like "Silmido", "Taegukgi" and "Memories of Murder" are becoming extremely popular in Korea.
For the program, CNN held an interview with "Taegukgi" director Kang Je-gyu. CNN was particularly interested in Kang's use of the Korean history, and the Korean War in particular, as a motif for his film, and how the director was able to portray that struggle in a way in which the viewers across the world might be able to sympathize with the film. Meanwhile, actor Ahn Sung-ki gives an interview about his film "Silmido", which drew over 10 million viewers, and discusses some of the factors behind the film's success.

Watch out, Hollywood!

What's drawing attention to the program are comments that Korean films may break into Hollywood. The program plans to focus on the sudden growth in the world film market of Korean blockbusters like "Taegukgi", which have completely conquered the Korean market, and how those blockbusters may use their momentum to knock on Hollywood's door. Ahead of the opening of the American Film Market (AFMA) in Los Angeles on Wednesday, films like "Taegukgi" are drawing the attention of the world's biggest distributing companies.

Sales officials and decision makers at companies like Miramax, Sony Pictures Classics, Universal Studios and Columbia have heaped praise on "Taegukgi" following previews of the film. In this atmosphere, it's known that an agreement to release the film nationwide in the United States is in the works.

What's really focusing the eyes and ears of the entire world on Korean film is that thanks to the industry becoming "top class" in Asia (it has already surpassed the Japanese film industry in this regard), it's known that Hollywood is already on its guard against a Korean film industry with unlimited growth potential that is giving rise, with the development of its scenario-writing, camera work, and technical skills, to the "Korean Wave" in Asia.

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