Busan's Asian Film Market opened its doors over the weekend for over 1,300 participants from 47 countries, attracting continued attention from neighboring Chinese filmmakers and producers in spite of recent geopolitical tensions between South Korea and China.
In recent months, Chinese state-backed media have criticized Seoul's decision to deploy THAAD, a U.S.-made missile defense system, on the Korean Peninsula. Speculation arose that Beijing would retaliate by limiting the amount of South Korean media and stars it allows into China. Director Kim Ki-duk was denied a work visa for China, muddling production plans for his Chinese co-production Who Is God, while several K-pop superstars had to cancel promotional events in China.
Despite China's unofficial ban on Korean content, however, Chinese producers are still eager for Korean works.