Based on his experience co-producing a film with Japan, Jonathan H. Kim, who produced the Korea-Japan co-prod Virgin Snow, explained that his Asian partners are often not aware that Korean film actors get paid per film rather than production time.
“Often the production time in Korea can go over a year,” he said. “And since they’re paid for a title, they try to charge as much as possible, whereas Japanese or Chinese actors get paid by production time and can shoot two or three films a year.”
Director-producer Solon So said the film industry in China is booming with global castings at the moment, particularly Korean TV celebrities — much in the way Hong Kong kung fu movies in the ‘80s utilized Japanese artists.
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