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Korean Film Industry Struggles to Balance ‘New Normal’ and Social Distancing

26 June 2020

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Korean Film Industry Struggles to Balance ‘New Normal’ and Social Distancing

Hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the Korean film industry, which celebrated its centenary with Bong Joon-ho’s history-making Academy awards for “Parasite” earlier this year, has been in an unprecedented crisis since February.

Since the South Korean government adopted tough social distancing measures in late February, when the coronavirus was at its peak, cinema business has been largely affected due to local audiences’ growing fear of physical contact with strangers, including cinema staff and other audience members.

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