Korea Tourism Organization opens doors to foreign films and dramas for location

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Korea Tourism Organization opens doors to foreign films and dramas for location


2006/02/10

As the high quality of Korean film-related technology has become known, thanks to the so-called Korean syndrome that is sweeping across Asia, the Korea Tourism Organization (President: Kim Jong-min / www.knto.or.kr) plans to expand the Korean heat even further by conducting an aggressive campaign to attract foreign filmmakers and drama producers to Korea who are showing much interest in making Korea as their shooting location.

KTO's Bangkok office (Director: Jeon Hyo-sik) had successfully convinced the major Indian film company, Visheshi Film, to make Korea as the location for its Gangster-Love Story in Seoul last November. More than 80% of the scenes of this film feature the autumn sights in Korea, Seoul's skyline, and Cheonggyecheon as its backdrop.

The said film is currently on the spotlight of the media as it is the first Indian film shot in Korea. KTO plans to showcase new Korean tourism products in the Indian market in April when the film hits theaters in India.

Regarding this film, a KTO official said, "India produces more than 900 films a year and is the largest film-producing nation in the world, with a domestic film market catering to a population of one billion. Striking a deal with a major Indian film company is in itself a huge success in that it acknowledged Korea's charm as a film location".

In addition, many filmmakers in Thailand are inquiring for the possibility to shoot their dramas and music videos in Korea. In particular, Thailand's CH3, who had a huge success with its sitcom that had been shot in Deoksugung and Daehakno last September, again visited Korea last month to shoot another project, My Beautiful Moon.

KTO announced that based on the strong cooperation between KTO and local governments, it would provide foreign filmmakers and producers with the best environment for realizing their projects.

It also said that with Korea's God-given natural surroundings with distinctive four seasons, superior production techniques, abundant and highly-educated manpower, and other film-related resources, it would aggressively promote Korea as an internationally renowned film location.

The Source : Koreacontent News Team

 


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