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 Post subject: Korea and sex
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 7:47 pm 
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SEOUL -- Facial features of the winners of South Korean beauty pageants have been changing in favor of higher foreheads and shorter distance between lips and chin, a new study has shown.

A recent survey of 171 South Korean girls who have made it to the finals of Miss Korea beauty pageants show that the proportions of facial features among the winners in the 90s and in the 21st century are quite different from those of their peers in the 70s and 80s.

For example, Kim Sung-Hee, a tantalizing beauty and winner of the 1977 Miss Korea beauty pageant, has a lower forehead than 1987 Miss Korea, Jang Woon-Jung, or 1991 Miss Korea Lee Young-Hyun.

The shift has become more obvious since 2000, according to the survey by Kim Soo-Jung, a multimedia arts professor at Kyonggi University, and Chung Chan-Sub, a professor of psychology at Yonsei University.

Park Si-Yeon, Miss Korea in 2000, has a considerably longer forehead and a smaller chin than 1989 Miss Korea Ko Hyun-Jung.

Face and lip shapes have also shown changes in favor of an egg-shaped face over a rectangular one with prominent jaws, while fuller lips are now favored over thin lips.

High foreheads, short distances between the mouth and the chin and fuller lips are believed to give younger looks.

Many Miss Koreas in the 1970s have rectangular faces but the winners since 1980 tend to have rounder, longer faces.

The pageant winners' lips have also become fuller. Keum Na-Na, Choi Yoon-Young and Kim Min-Kyoung, winners of the 2000s, have fuller lips than Miss Koreas in the 1970s or 1980s.

"Preferences, not the relations of facial features, change as time goes by," Professor Kim Soo-Jung told journalists.

"But there is a strong trend in favor of younger looks. That's why many girls make their lips fuller through plastic surgery," he said.

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 Post subject: (North) Korea and sex
PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 11:35 am 
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North Korean soldiers told to shun alcohol, sex and money: group

SEOUL, Sept 6, 2007 (AFP) — North Korean military chiefs have told soldiers to shun alcohol, sex and money, calling them "poison" to the communist faith, a defectors' group in South Korea said Thursday.

Troops have also been warned to reject foreign printed material and audio and video products, the Committee for the Democratisation of North Korea said.

The committee disclosed what it said is an official booklet handed out to soldiers and officers in March to help them fend off psychological onslaughts from the enemy.

"Alcohol, sex and money are poison that damage thoughts and faith," the booklet says. "We have to step up ideological education and struggles to fight alcohol, sex and money."

The 18-page booklet purportedly says the enemy is "relentlessly manoeuvring to stain our soldiers" with the three vices.

It calls on the military to battle religion. "Religion and superstition are like poison that undermine the ideological foundation of socialism and paralyse class-conciousness," the booklet says.

"If soldiers are spoiled by religion or superstition, they are carried away with a non-existent god or gods, their class-consciousness gets paralysed and they come to hate to go to the battleground," it says.

Soldiers are urged to reject foreign media products. "All soldiers are required to take part in the campaign to collect small transistor radios and TV sets."

The isolated totalitarian country has waged a campaign to stem a flood of South Korean pop culture. In July it ordered the shut down of karaoke bars and Internet cafes, according to South Korean aid agency Good Friends.

Defectors say South Korean pop songs and movies are popular despite a steady campaign to weed out what state media has termed "decadent foreign culture and ideals."

Videotapes and CDs of South Korean films, music or TV soap operas enter mainly via neighbouring northeast China.

North Koreans for decades had access only to state-run domestic media. Very few private homes had telephones while radios were sold with tuning knobs fixed to official stations.

But new technology is breaking down barriers, observers say. Mobile phones with pre-paid cards have been smuggled in from China along with VCR players.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:02 pm 
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South Korea court to rule on whether adultery should be crime

SEOUL, Sept 10, 2007 (AFP) — A judge has asked South Korea's Constitutional Court to rule once again on whether adultery should remain a crime.

"Sex is a natural human desire and it is inappropriate to restrict it by law," Monday's Korea Times quoted district court Judge Do Jin-gi as saying in his petition to the court.

The current law sets a maximum two-year prison sentence for an adulterer or adulteress but is rarely enforced. However the constitutional court rejected three previous appeals against it on the grounds that social morality may be weakened.

The judge filed his petition over a trial he is handling, in which a man and a woman in their thirties are accused of adultery by their spouses from whom they are separated.

"The right to choose sex partners should be protected as a personal right and as the right to
pursue happiness, which are now guaranteed by the constitution," Do's petition says.

South Korean husbands and wives seem undismayed by the law, according to one magazine survey quoted by the Korea Times. This showed that nearly 68 per cent of men and 12 percent of women said they had sex outside marriage.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:06 pm 
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South Korea probes school sex trips to China

SEOUL, Sept 12, 2007 (AFP) — South Korea's education ministry launched an inquiry on Wednesday after a TV programme showed youths entering a hotel massage parlour for sex during a school trip to China.

The ministry ordered school authorities nationwide to investigate all field trips to China.

"The alleged incident should not have happened," Ko Young-Kyu, a senior ministry supervisor, told AFP. "Local education offices have been asked to throughly investigate and report the results."

The MBC TV network in a programme late Tuesday showed South Korean teenagers venturing into a massage parlour in China. Some testifed it was common practice.

"Phone calls came to the rooms from the massage parlours which are everywhere in the hotels," one high school student told MBC, recalling his recent trip to China.

He said some 30 schoolmates of his bought sex there, adding: "Those who have been there all had it because we went there for that."

Another student said: "We kids bragged about it."

The TV programme said teachers were either helpless or negligent in controlling the children.

"The South Korean students left at around 4:00 am. There were a lot," one Chinese employee at a massage parlour told MBC.

China is a cheap and increasingly popular destination for South Korean schools.

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South Korea gets tough on sex tourism

SEOUL, Sept 19, 2007 (AFP) — South Korea Wednesday announced a crackdown on its nationals evading the country's tough anti-prostitution law by buying sex abroad instead.

The government will revise the law so that its citizens caught buying sex in foreign countries will have their passports confiscated, the gender equality ministry, the justice ministry and the foreign ministry said in a joint press briefing.

An inter-ministerial team has also been formed to clamp down on brokers who help South Korean girls obtain visas to sell sex abroad and travel agents who arrange sex tours for South Korean men, they said.

"The government agencies share the view that the country's image is being damaged greatly by the purchase of sex (by South Korean travellers) in overseas countries and decided to step up crackdowns on sex trafficking here and abroad as well," they said.

South Korea brought in a tough anti-prostitution law in 2004, punishing clients with fines and throwing pimps in prison.

Last year alone, courts prosecuted 35,000 clients, 2.5 times higher than the number of those who were caught buying sex in 2003.

Incidents of South Koreans caught up in the foreign sex trade are increasing sharply, Yonhap news agency said.

The latest government initiative followed a local TV report last week about South Korean high school students allegedly buying sex while they were on field trips to China.

The MBC TV network showed South Korean teenagers venturing into a massage parlour in China. Some said it was common practice.

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Ex-top South Korea policy maker arrested in sex-for-favours scandal

SEOUL, Oct 12, 2007 (AFP) — A former top South Korean policy maker has been arrested with his suspected lover on charges of bribery in a sex-for-favours scandal, prosecution authorities said Friday.

Byeon Yang-Kyoon, 58, and Shin Jeong-Ah, 35, were detained late Thursday after a court issued arrest warrants for them, officials of the Western Seoul Prosecution Office said. Byeon was dismissed from his powerful post as top policy advisor for President Roh Moo-Hyun after the allegations surfaced a few months earlier. He was charged with influence peddling for allegedly abusing his position to help Shin along her career path. He is accused of putting pressure on banks and private companies to donate funds for art events organised by a Seoul art museum where Shin worked as an art curator.

Shin also faces charges of fabricating a Yale doctorate, embezzling money from the museum and receiving 109,300 dollars in kickbacks for commissioning artworks. "Shin was also arrested and put in prison as Byeon's co-culprit," an official of the prosecution office told AFP, adding that both would be on remand, waiting for trial.

Byeon served as minister for planning and budget and then top policy advisor for the president when they were locked in allegedly intimate relations that began in 2005.

It was the second time in less than a month that a presidential aide has been arrested on corruption charges. In September, Jung Yun-Jae, 43, a former protocol secretary for the president, was arrested for influence-peddling and taking bribes.President Roh, a former pro-democracy activist, was elected on the planks of reform and anti-corruption campaign. His administration is widely believed to be less corrupt than past ones.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:24 pm 
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Coming out raises plight of gays in Korean military

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Kim said coming out was hard, but it was an important issue for gay men in the South Korean military.

A South Korean riot policeman has declared his homosexuality on a police community website, raising questions about the treatment of gay people in the country's Armed Forces.

All young men in the country are obliged to serve in the military or in the riot police for up to two years and have to take a test at the time of enlistment which includes various questions about their sexual orientation.

Private Kim Hyun-jong (not his real name) vowed to fight social prejudice against sexual minorities.

Gay sex is a serious offence under military codes, and gay men have been regularly viewed as mentally ill and sent to mental institutions.

He posted an article about his homosexuality on December 30th and became the second man from his squad to identify himself as being gay.

In the article, Kim said coming out was hard, but it was an important issue for gay men in the South Korean military.

Kim told The Korea Times his announcement was not well received by his colleagues:

"Some almost put a restraining order on me, and I heard many talking behind my back describing me as a 'dirty' gay man,'" he said.

"But I am a Korean man living in Korea and I have no reason to flinch. I will struggle against prejudice for all homosexual people and me."

Kim, who works at a police station in Seoul, said he was almost forced to come out after fellow policemen read private information on his computer.

He initially tried to deny his sexual orientation, but later changed his mind.

Gay rights activist Chang Byung-kwon told The Korean Times: "The current law on homosexual management is just another way of classifying or segregating gays instead of treating them equally. There is hardly any education offered to soldiers to help them understand homosexuality."

In 2005, eight soldiers were thrown out of South Korea's military for homosexuality, according to army statistics revealed at the time.

A year later, a soldier attempted suicide several times after telling his superiors he was gay.

He later claimed that he was forced to submit photographs of himself in bed with another man. He was then obliged to take an HIV test and was publicly humiliated.

In a separate case, a mother filed a petition to the National Human Rights Commission last October claiming her son was sexually harassed for saying he was gay.

She said her 20-year-old son was forced to touch his superiors or get into bed with them.

The first phase of new military regulations went into effect on April 1st 2006.

They restricted the use of personal information about gay soldiers on military documents, ended the forced medical examinations of gay troops and punished perpetrators of sexuality-based physical or verbal abuse.

Previously those who have "abnormal" sexual identities such as gays, lesbians and bisexual people, were not allowed to serve in the Armed Forces.

However, the Ministry of Defence rules on homosexuality also state that gay men who want to "turn" straight will be supported.

In the South Korean Constitution or Civil Penal Code there is no mention of homosexuality.

However, in practice, discrimination against gay people and censorship against gay websites is fairly common.

Homosexuality has only in recent years gained some acceptance in South Korean society, with its strict Confucian traditions and strong Roman Catholic influence.

However, it remains taboo and same-sex couples are rarely seen in public.

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South Korea Issues New Logo for Spas
March 24, 2008

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is introducing new signs for its hot spring spas to remove any confusion for those seeking other kinds of steamy liaisons.

The Ministry of Public Administration and Security introduced the new blue logo Monday for about 480 spas across the country, said ministry official Lim Jae-wung.

The sign replaces a nearly century-old red icon — a circle with rising wisps of steam that have been appropriated by "love motels," which offer prostitution or short stays for couples having extramarital relations.

Public baths and many lodging facilities also use the old logo, which was introduced when South Korea was colonized by Japan from 1910-45, Lim said.

The new logo depicts waves of water with two circles symbolizing the heads of a father and son amid rising steam. Those using the sign at non-spa facilities can be punished by up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,030, Lim said.

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'Love shot' can be sexual harassment: South Korean court
March 25 2008

South Korea's "love shot" drinking ritual amounts to sexual harassment if the woman in question is unwilling to take part, the country's top court ruled Tuesday.

The Supreme Court found a 48-year-old man guilty of sexual harassment for forcing restaurant waitresses to do a "love shot," in which two people snuggle close and drink with their arms entwined.

"Forcing a love shot when women refuse it... is tantamount to sexual harassment," Judge Kim Hwang-Sik said in his ruling quoted by Yonhap news agency.

The man offered 30,000 won (30 dollars) to a 28-year-old waitress in return for a love shot with him at a restaurant in a provincial golf course in 2005.

After she refused, he falsely claimed to be the number two man at the course and threatened that she would lose her job. He then threw his arm around her neck and did a love shot, rubbing his cheek against hers.

The unidentified man also forced another waitress to do a love shot with his friend. He had been fined three million won by a lower court but appealed.

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Teen sex Offenders Increase

By Kang Shin-who
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A growing number of teenagers are falling victim to sexual abuse but at the same time they are also increasingly implicated in sexual crimes.

The number of sex criminals aged 20 and below breached 2,000 last year, according to the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology. This compares with 1,811 in 2006 and 1,329 in 2005, marking a 60 percent gain over the past two years. As a result, the number of students whom schools penalized for sexual assaults has increased. Schools slapped penalties on 54 students in 2005, but the number doubled to 110 in 2006 and more than 100 students were punished for the first-half of last year.

On the other hand, teen victims of sex abuse rose to 5,460 last year from 5,159 in 2006 and 3,787 in 2005.

The education authorities are studying ways to prevent sex crimes at schools across the country and strengthen intensive sex education programs. Currently, schools are required to allocate more than 10 hours for sex education. In addition, they will place more teachers to deal exclusively with sexual assault prevention. They will also provide software programs preventing students from accessing adult Web sites.

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Soap and sex scandal could spell the end of Korea's adultery ban

By David McNeill
Saturday, 24 May 2008

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When the fading TV heartthrob Park Chul accused his actress wife of infidelity, he ignited an undignified row that has transfixed South Korea and probably mortally wounded the careers of two of the country's top stars. But the best might yet be to come: could Korea's rawest celebrity scandal end a half-century-old law banning adultery?

The scandal began in true tabloid style last October when Park went public with a tirade against his wife, Ok So-ri, who he said had slept with an Italian chef and an opera singer. The accusation was accompanied by lurid stories that the jilted husband, who filed for divorce, had filmed his wife's trysts in a love hotel.

Then the spat took a turn for the worse. Ok stunned Koreans by calling a press conference in which she denied sleeping with the Italian — who she said had only given her English and cooking lessons — but admitted to a short affair with the singer. She then aired intimate details of her sham marriage, leaving her husband feeling, in his words, like a "pedestrian hit by a car". Park responded by filing a criminal suit against his wife for adultery, which is illegal in South Korea.

The offence, which conservatives say is designed to protect the family, carries a two-year prison sentence, although just 47 of the 1,200 people convicted last year served jail time (most were given suspended sentences). It has stayed on the statute books since 1953 despite at least four legal challenges, but many are wondering if it can survive the fiery Ok, who has petitioned the Constitutional Court to scrap it.

A win would be a milestone in a country where women have, until recently, enjoyed much less sexual freedom than men. Ok and her supporters, including liberal commentators, lawyers and judges, say the state no longer has the right to infringe on sexual relations. "Adultery is an issue, more about sexual desire, to which law cannot be simply applied," said Do Jin-gi, a judge from Seoul, in a statement to the court.

Some of the strongest supporters of the law in the past were feminists, who used it as leverage against adulterous men — most suits are still filed by wronged wives. But some of South Korea's largest women's groups say times have changed and they want it off the books.

An official from the Korean Women's Association told The Korea Times this month that the law was increasingly used by men to take revenge on unfaithful wives. They are pitted against conservative judges and politicians, including the Justice Minister Kim Kyung-han, who said that it was needed "to protect the family and to maintain sex morality and the monogamous system".

Park met Ok on the set of the hit 1994 drama Hero Diary and they quickly earned the popularity of a Korean Posh and Becks. The union produced a daughter, now eight, one of the few times the two made love, if Ok is to be believed. "I had a very lonely and unsatisfied marriage because of a loveless husband," she said. "We only had sex 10 times in our 11 years of marriage."

Not everyone backs the starlet's struggle against the state. The adultery law is popular with the public, many of whom see it as a bulwark against "Western" permissiveness, and even some of Ok's natural supporters, such as young educated women say her behaviour is unacceptable.

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Jail-for-adultery law upheld
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SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korea's highest court upheld Thursday a decades-old adultery law that can send people to jail for having an extramarital affair that critics say is anachronistic and infringes on personal freedom.

The fourth appeal made to the Constitutional Court since 1989 was brought by the lawyers for a popular actress who was charged under the law when her TV personality husband filed a criminal complaint against her for having an affair with an opera singer.

"The legal clause does limit an individual's right to sexual freedom and the right to privacy, but does not violate the principle of forbidding excessive measure," the court said in an opinion overturning the appeal. "This society's legal perception that adultery is damaging to the social order and infringes on another's right continues to be effective," the court said.

The lawyers for actress Ok So-ri, whose legal name is Ok Bo-kyung, brought the appeal in January when she and her husband Park Chul entered messy divorce proceedings with both holding separate news conferences where they exposed embarrassing details of a troubled marriage. Ok admitted to the affair in a tearful confession which also included accusations of Park as an inadequate husband.

"The adultery law ... has degenerated into a means of revenge by the spouse, rather than a means of saving a marriage," Ok's petition had said. The law was enacted in 1953 to protect women. In this male-dominated society, women had little recourse against a husband who had an affair. Back then, if a wife walked out of a marriage, she would often end up alone and penniless.

Today, it is rare for people to be jailed but that has not stopped several thousand angry spouses from filing criminal complaints each year. Critics have said a better compromise might be to allow spouses just to sue for compensation in civil court. "The decision seems to represent a still prevalent idea that the adultery law serves as a buffer against family breakdown, a point that hasn't even been proven," said Lee Hye-kyung of the Minwoo women's rights group.

"The law is problematic in that it focuses only on the technical aspects of sexual intercourse and allows the government to intrude on the most private part of adult sexual life." The number of divorces in South Korea has almost doubled since 1995. In 2005, about 128,500 couples divorced in the country of almost 49 million people. Although women still face difficulty finding high-paying jobs or achieving wage parity with men, more women have been able to enter the labor force over the past decade and live independently on their wages.

The court did recognize that the decision reflected a more varied view by the nine-judge panel, which was sharply divided on whether the law still adequately served its original purpose, unlike the court's earlier relatively straightforward decisions. "It is inappropriate to make ethically questionable conduct the subject of criminal punishment," Judge Kim Jong-dae said in a dissenting opinion. The intent of the law's framers to protect women is also no longer effective, he said.

Five judges found the law unconstitutional in three separate dissenting opinions, one short of the six needed to strike it down. Four voted to uphold.

(Additional reporting by Kim Jung-hyun; Editing by Keiron Henderson and Bill Tarrant)

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Prostitutes Commit Suicide Over Police Crackdown

By Kang Shin-who
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2 November 2008

Two female prostitutes who lost their jobs following a crackdown in the red-light district of Jangan-dong in eastern Seoul took their own lives over the weekend, police said Sunday.

On Saturday evening, a 26 year-old female worker at a ``massage parlor"" in the area was found having hanged herself at her place of work in an apparent suicide. A day earlier, another woman, 36, an employee of a nearby brothel, hanged herself in her home.

Dongdaemun Police Station said the 26-year-old woman, only identified as Lee, left a suicide death note. Her brothel, operating as a massage parlor, had been closed at the height of the intensive crackdown.

In the note (written on a tissue box), she expressed frustration over the ``hasty"" crackdown. When policemen were moving their bodies to a hospital, neighboring pimps and shop owners tried to block police officers, claiming they might try to conceal the suicide note. Police are investigating the cases.

Last August, a pimp identified by his surname, Choi, hanged himself in an underground parking lot, criticizing police for making his life difficult. Pimps at massage parlors and shop owners are claiming that a series of suicides occurred following what they call precipitous crackdowns that forced them to fold their businesses and made it difficult for them to find new means of income.

Many of those involved in the sex industry in the region are scrambling to find new jobs and businesses for survival. Police said they will continue to crack down on brothels regardless of the back-to-back suicides.

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Korean erotic film fest pushes the envelope
Pink Film Festival celebrates Japanese erotic satire

By Soo-mee Park
November 3, 2008

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SEOUL -- Saturday's kickoff of the second annual Pink Film Festival marked another step in the gradual erosion of two long-held Korean taboos.

Before the late 1990s, neither erotic films nor films from Japan were shown in cinemas here, reflecting the influence of the country's strong Christian base as well as the government's distaste for cultural influences from Japan, its colonial ruler from 1910-45.

The festival of Japanese pinku eiga, or pink film, celebrates an erotic genre of satire that came of age in Japan's indie film scene in the 1960s, but 40 years later, there are still limits to Korea's nascent openness. For starters, the festival is only open to women on opening night in each of the four cities where the festival will travel this month and on designated "couples days" -- Wednesdays and Saturdays. As the monthlong fest opened here in a cozy east Seoul multiplex, men made up most of the crowd, curious to glimpse on the big screen films previously available only from vendors' carts in the city's backstreets.

Included in this year's lineup are Kazuhiro Sano's "Don't Let It Bring You Down," Osamu Sato's "Slave" and a special screening in the "pink hard core" section of a director's cut of Mitsuru Meike's political satire "Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai."

Festival coordinator Ahn Jong-seon said that many female guests came away disappointed that the films weren't racy enough. "The reaction was something we hadn't expected, given that there were a lot of hyped concerns among the festival programmers that many women would have stereotypes about Japanese erotic films," Ahn said.

Under South Korea's military regime in the 1960s, lewdness became a central concern for the country's censors. The state controlled the number of films allowed to shoot each year and inspected all scripts. These traditions continued through the late '90s, even after the country's courts ruled that censorship violated the Korean constitution. The censorship debate peaked in 1999, when the government's Media Rating Board blocked the release of a Korean film depicting sexual relations between a schoolgirl and a sculptor. "Lies" finally was released after cutting 17 minutes.

Korean openness to eroticism and nudity on film has evolved with the times, but still is colored by a degree of modesty. One 28-year-old first-time festivalgoer watching Hidekazu Takahara's "Tsumugi," about a schoolgirl seducing her married teacher, called herself a fan of Japanese genre films but spoke on the condition of anonymity. "I was disappointed at how conventional the film turned out to be. It was nowhere near the level of adult content you see on the Internet nowadays," she said.

Korea's former ban on Japanese films, books and music was lifted in 1998 with the import of the Takeshi Kitano film "Hana-Bi." Since then, the number of Japanese releases has risen steadily, as has their popularity. Films such as "Love Letter" and Hayao Miyazaki's animated "Howl's Moving Castle" reached more than 1 million Korean moviegoers.

Attending Saturday's opening-night festivities, Korean screenwriter Kim Hyoung-ki ("Vampire Cop Rickie," "2009 Lost Memories") said that the only way for the Pink Film Festival to survive is to "provide a self-censoring tool by carefully judging films that meet the standard of a serious film festival. That's the only way to make the abolition of censorship worthwhile."

Source: Hollywood Reporter.

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