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Study: Women Are Underrepresented Onscreen and Off in Korean Film

Min-hee Kim toplines the South Korean film “On the Beach at Night Alone”

The Korean Film Commission has released the findings from a study on Korean movies released in 2017 — and the numbers show an obvious gender disparity on both sides of the camera. As Soompi reports, just 25.8 percent of last year’s commercial films featured a female lead. And only 8.4 percent were helmed by a woman.

The films analyzed either had a budget of 1 billion won (about $930,000 Usd) or were shown on over 100 screens. The study focused on the number of female writers producers, and cinematographers as well as protagonists and directors. Per Screen Daily, 20.5 percent of films featured a female producer, 18.1 percent were women-written, and 4.8 percent had a female cinematographer.

This is the first time the Korean Film Commission has reported gender statistics.

“While the number of commercial feature films directed by women slightly increased in 2016 and 2017, there is

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