Washington, DC - U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman today applauded the
decision by Korea to reduce its restrictions on foreign films, also known as the
'screen quota' system.
"The decision by Korea to liberalize its restrictions on foreign films is
good news for Korean movie-goers and the US film industry. The long-standing
Korean requirement that domestic films be shown on local theater screens 146
days out of the year placed US movies at a significant disadvantage. Today’s
move to reduce the requirement by half to 73 days will help level the playing
field and increase movie choices for Koreans.
"Over the years, the South Korean movie industry has become increasingly
competitive and it has recently gained an international reputation for producing
high quality material. Now is the right time to give Korean cinemas more
flexibility regarding what they can and cannot show."