“Due to Diversification of Film Channels”
The Korea Media Rating Board has announced that the number of films they rated in 2012 has gone over the 1,000 mark for the first time in Korea’s history. The total number of films that were subjected to the rating process was 1,002, which is an increase of 112% compared to 472 films from 2009 and a rise of 31% compared to 2011 which saw a total of 764 films. The number of Korean films in 2012 was 229 (22.9%) and those from overseas made up 77.1% (773 films).
According to the different ratings, 175 films got certificate U, 12 and above films were 114, 254 movies got 15 or above and 449 films got adult-only rating. The number of films which got the adult-only rating increased compared to last year by 65% and 15 or above films went up by 45% compared to the same time frame. The board explained that the reason for the overall increase in films subject to the rating process is due to the diversification of channels where one can view films, such as IPTV and online VOD services.