July 23, 2002 19:20
Filmmaker Park Jin-pyo's "Too Young to Die" was rated "restricted" by the Korea Media Rating Board (KMRB) Tuesday. The restricted grade practically bans the screening of the film as it can only be shown at special theaters, which have not been established in the country yet. "Too Young to Die" is the first feature film to receive the restricted grade since the new film promotion act came into effect, and the only other film was a North Korean documentary.
The KMRB's Film Rating Subcommittee was held with eight of the nine members attending, and four members proposed a restricted grade while four others suggested 18 and older. Subcommittee chair Yu Su-yeol with a casting vote pronounced the restricted rating. A KMRB insider said that the seven-minute sex scene with an exposure of genitals was considered too visual for Korean sentiment.
Staring real-life couple Park Chi-gyu and Lee Sun-ye who remarried in their seventies, "Too Young to Die" was invited to 2002 Cannes Film Festival's Camra d'Or section in May, and received rave reviews abroad. While the dispute was expected for its unconventional depiction of the sex life of an elderly couple, the decision would bring more controversy, as KMRB chief Kim Soo-yong said that the board would be flexible instead of applying rules in simple and mechanical manner. Production company May Film said that director Park has no intention of cutting any scene out, and the production staffs would determine whether to appeal the decision.
(Kim Myung-hwan, email@example.com)
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