"No Lifting of the Screen Quota System"Kim Won Kil, a high ranking executive of the National Congress for New Politics (NCNP) said, 'The U.S. proposed to us that we lift the screen quota system during proceedings for the U.S.-Korea investment agreement but we cannot accept this. The system will remain.' He emphasized, 'We already reported to President Kim the fact that the screen quota system should continue. We cannot help reducing the number of mandatory running days of Korean movies but the system will continue in its present form.'
Kim also said, 'The Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MOCT) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade are searching ways to protect the industry from U.S. pressure. The MOCT is considering reducing the mandatory running days to 92 days but it is desirable to minimize the reduction of days.'
The film industry and various civilian organizations opposed the government's consideration of reducing screen quotas by saying, 'The government's stance is a surrender to U.S. cultural hegemonism.' Film industry workers held a demonstration protesting lifting the screen quota system. At 2:30 p.m. on December 4, 700 people including directors, students, actors, and actresses participated in this demonstration. They argued that the lifting will result in the destruction of the film industry base.