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LAT: Cinema War Flares between US, S. Korea

2005/11/01 | 133 views | Permalink | Source

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A major U.S. daily says attention will likely refocus on South Korea's screen quota issue when U.S. president George W. Bush visits the port city of Busan later this month to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported on the supposed "cinema war" between the U.S. and South Korea, predicting an imminent reigniting of bilateral tensions over Seoul's screen quota.

The paper said President Bush would likely make strong calls for the removal of the quota system in the name of free trade.

South Korean law currently requires local theaters to show Korean-made movies one-hundred-46 days a year.

The daily also reported on anti-U.S. protests staged by Korean filmmakers at last month's Pusan International Film Festival, adding that Seoul, well aware of the issue's potential explosiveness, has been treading cautiously on the subject.

The paper further stressed that nations such as France, Canada and Iran were raising worries in Hollywood by growing increasingly sympathetic with Korea's stance in the matter.

Reported by KBS World Radio
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