"Star Wars" Might Face Boycott

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"Star Wars" Might Face Boycott

Thirty civilian organizations as well as the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions announced on June 17 that they will unfold a boycott against the U.S. film 'Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace' unless the goverment withdraws from tampering with the Screen Quota System, which obliges theaters to show Korean films for a prescribed number of days.
The organizations stated at a press conference, 'The Screen Quota System is the final means left for us to protect the Korean spirit and cultural sovereignty. If the government insists on reducing the Screen Quota System, we will boycott U.S. movies.'
'Star Wars' was selected not only because it is a blockbuster but its opening date in Korea falls on June 26, close to the time when the Korean government is supposed to present its final position on the Korea-U.S. investment agreement, the organizations explained.
The secretary general of the Citizen Movement Center for Anti-Over-Consumption, Park Chan Sung, urged that 'If the barrier to keep Korean films viable and the Korean spirit high falls, all citizens essentially are subordiante to U.S. interests.'
Jooan Kang : jooan@joongang.co.kr
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