China will allow the showing of South Korean films, starting with “Oh! My grandmother, after six years of ban | Show biz
KUALA LUMPUR, December 2 – News of China’s reopening of its film market to South Korean productions after a six-year hiatus has gone viral on social media.
Oh! my bign, a comedy starring veteran South Korean actress Na Moon-hee, has been chosen to be the first film to hit theaters starting Friday, World time reported.
Beijing in 2016 banned Korean films and cultural imports after Seoul deployed the US THAAD missile defense system.
The last South Korean film to screen in China was the 2015 film Assassination with Jun Ji-hyun and Lee Jung-jae.
Critics have reportedly called the move an icebreaker for cultural exchanges between the two countries.
Beijing-based film critic Luo Luo said the move could be China’s attempt to break the ice with South Korea.
She would have said she had chosen Oh! My grandmother to renew the cultural ties of the two countries, it is perhaps because the theme of the film was about family ties.
“The affection portrayed in the film touches the hearts of audiences and makes them reflect on their own family feelings and relationships.”
Before the announcement that China would allow the showing of South Korean films, South Korean artists recently visited China for events.
This includes actor Lee Dong-wook, who made his China debut in the December issue of GQ China magazine.