Scores of Stars Mobilize to Fight Against Quota Cuts

Top Korean movie stars including Moon Geun-yeong, Lee Na-young, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon, and Hwang Jung-min took to the streets to protest against the government's decision to halve the nation's screen quota. A great number of celebrities from the film world gathered in front of the Donghwa Duty-Free Shop at 2 in the afternoon on Wednesday in Gwanghwamun, Seoul, to stage a movie workers' demonstration to "halt the culture invasion and defend the screen quota to the very end!"

Actors read out a statement against the governments decision to halve the screen quota reserved for domestic movies during a rally in Gwanghwamun, downtown Seoul on Wednesday. From left, Moon Geun-young, Lee Jun-ki, and Jeon Do-yeon Actors read out a statement against the government's decision to halve the screen quota reserved for domestic movies during a rally in Gwanghwamun, downtown Seoul on Wednesday. From left, Moon Geun-young, Lee Jun-ki, and Jeon Do-yeon

During the demonstration, some 100 Korean movie stars including Kang Dong-won, Kim Sun-a, Kim Su-ro, Kim Hee-sun, Park Hae-il, Paek Yoon-shik, Sul Kyung-gu, Song Yoon-a, Shin Min-a, Yum Jung-ah, Ye Ji-won, Yoo Sun, Lee Bum-soo, Lee Jun-ki, Zo In-sung, Ji Jin-hee, Cha Tae-hyun, Choi Min-sik, and Han Chae-young caused quite a stir, as they shouted the slogan "Fight for the Screen Quota!"

The movie workers' countermeasures committee declared Wednesday the "Korean Film Production Suspension Day" and some 1,000 students and members of various film-related organizations including the Actors Association, Movie Directors' Union, Korea Film Producers Association were in attendance.

Large cranes used in film shooting were mobilized to the demonstration site, and more than ten pickets that read "Crush the Roh Administration that Sells Away the Screen Quota." The demonstrators marched up to Myeong-dong Cathedral at around 4 p.m. after the rally in Gwanghwamun.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 08, 2006 21:17 KST