‘I won’t leave my country for success’
South Korean actor Jang Dong-gun fears sounding preachy even as he explains how their film industry addresses other issues besides the political differences between North and South Korea.
Dong-gun says, “It’s actually North Korea that doesn’t have much of a film industry. Our cinema is internationally acclaimed. Many South Korean productions are more popular than Hollywood films.”
He believes that South Korea is one of the few countries where Hollywood productions don’t enjoy a dominant share of the domestic market. He attributes this partly to a government norm, which requires Korean films to be screened at least 73 days a year.
Regardless of whether the film, The Warrior’s Way, does well commercially, Dong-gun doesn’t want to quit Korean cinema and join Hollywood. “Not at all! I love my country and won’t leave it for any success,” he says.