Kim Eui-suk Becomes Chairman of Korean Film Council

Kim will head KOFIC, recently plagued by both scandal and poor performance.

SEOUL – Film director Kim Eui-suk was appointed as the chairman of the Korean Film Council, a government-supported film body, the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sports announced Tuesday.

“The appointment was based on his leadership and organizational operation to mediate tensions, construct a fair environment for film industry and offer a vision for the industry development,” said the council’s representative. 
Kim directed hit Korean comedies including Marriage Story (1992) and Chinese Restaurant Peking (1999). Since his predecessor Cho Hee-mun was forced to resign after allegedly involving in an incident regarding a selection process of the council’s production grant last year, Kim served as the acting chairman of the council.  
Kim will be mainly responsible for globalizing the Korean film environment and enhancing the payment of film professionals. The new chief also faces a task to reclaim the council’s damaged reputation.   
Cho’s predecessor Kang Han-sup also resigned after the council received the lowest score in a government’s evaluation of public bodies.
Kim’s appointment officially begins today and ends March 2014.