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Anchoress
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posted 24 February 2005 03:05 AM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I grew up thinking that every country in the world must have laws like CanCon, but lately I've been meeting lots of people from other countries who think it's really weird.

Is Canada alone in the sea of American content on this, or are other countries' domestic content laws just less well-publicised (maybe cuz AusCon or ChinCon just doesn't have the same ring)?


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voice of the damned
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posted 24 February 2005 04:45 AM      Profile for voice of the damned     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I know that Korea has what is called the "screen quota system", where a certain percentage of films playing in the theatres have to be Korean. Korean film-makers support this policy of course, and some people argue that it's helped kickstart the domestic film industry, which has in fact produced some pretty good stuff the past few years. Then again, I'm rather selective when it comes to watching Korean films, so I can't really say what they're like as a whole.

Mind you, a while back some Korean film critics were complaining when the Korean director of a mediocre action film bragged in an interview that "I copied Hollywood". They wondered what the point is of having a screen quota system if hack directors are just gonna copy Hollywood anyway. Of course, given Hollywood's history and influence, it's probably pretty difficult NOT to copy Hollywood in one way or another when making films, and copying Hollywood doesn't neccessarily preclude making uniquely Korean films.

I'm not sure about television. You can usually find a non-Korean(usually American) film playing on TV at any given time, but the vast majority of stuff seems to be Korean.

Of course, I'm talking about South Korea here. Up north, I think it's pretty much all Korea, all the time.

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Anchoress
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posted 03 March 2005 03:23 AM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What about the commercial music scene in Korea?
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posted 03 March 2005 04:41 AM      Profile for peppermint     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The music industry here seems pretty powerful, though there's next to no independent scene and most of the singers are plainly chosen for their looks.
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Anchoress
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posted 03 March 2005 04:44 AM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, but I mean what is the mix of Korean vs foreign content on commercial radio?
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posted 03 March 2005 04:00 PM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Most Western European countries also have screen quotas -- a percentage of cinema screen time must be devoted to domestic product. We don't have that here, and I'd like to see it instituted. Sure, we have CanCon, but I'd like to see it pushed further.
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posted 03 March 2005 04:10 PM      Profile for runner     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Having grown up in the UK I was never aware of any "BritCon", we certainly had plenty of Hollywood offerings at the Cinema but as for the rest of it, specifically the TV and music industries, they were never really threatened by US imports. Seems to me that the average UK consumer saw US content for what it really was, (crap)and as a result UK domestic stuff flourished
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Agent 204
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posted 03 March 2005 04:24 PM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think Australia has such a rule for music on the radio (or at least had such a rule in 1991-92).
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posted 03 March 2005 04:32 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Canada is the only country I can think of that needs this kind of protection from US culture. Our size, shared language and proximity put our cultural industries at a distinct disadvantage.
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posted 04 March 2005 08:49 AM      Profile for peppermint     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't listen to commercial radio here, but on the music channels it's pretty rare to see a video from anywhere outside of Korea. Actually the local media makes a big fuss over Korean dramas, music and movies becoming popular in other parts of Asia, and it's very much tied into nationalism.

Oh, as for what Voice of the Damned said about movies: it's not hard to find an English language program on tv, but nine times out of ten it's and old James Bond flick or something with Steven Seagal. Thank god I can get English novels easily enough here!

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