Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ARTICLE - A Ban on Youth Overnight Filming [Schedule] and Undue Exposure [EXCERPT]


“I would shoot from one morning to the next morning and had to skip school” were the words actor Jang Keun Suk spoke three years ago when he participated at the Busan International Film Festival where he met Hollywood child actor Logan Lerman.

Here, this now grown actor who also debuted at a young age expressed the problem that “working as a child actor in South Korea is challenging and different from foreign countries” since “there are no legal regulations over child actor’s filming schedule which can extend through the night and affect school attendance.”

Jang Keun Suk’s longtime hope that, someday, the pertinent laws would be made so his [young] peers could enjoy the rights and freedom he wanted to protect, got his wish fulfilled. Starting later this month, shooting overnight with young actors will no longer be allowed.

The “Popular Culture Development Act” passed last December at the Congress plenary session will come into effect on the 29th [of July]. The aim of this act is [to provide] laws and regulations to safeguard the youth in the general performing arts.


translation: Lu Lee            

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[Background] Last 2011, Jang Keun Suk participated in an open talk with actor Logan Lerman and talked about the issues on child labor in the entertainment industry. Please refer to the links below for the detailed story.


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