South Korea, Hong Kong Sign Pact for Cultural Exchanges

Poster featuring the 1953 South Korea-Hong Kong co-production 'Love With an Alien'

The two will work closely for the growth of their film, TV and entertainment industries

As South Korea continues to forge partnerships with Mainland China, it has inked a deal with Hong Kong to support exchanges between their entertainment industries, Korea's culture ministry said Wednesday. The agreement will cover film and TV as well as advertising, design and games.

Kim Jong-deok, minister of Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, and Gregory So, secretary of Hong Kong's Commerce and Economic Development, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Seoul on Wednesday.

According to the Korean culture ministry, the pact is designed to help improve the entertainment industries in the two territories by sharing information and human resources and promoting exchanges through education programs, showcase events and various other projects.

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"The creative industry is central to providing job opportunities and promoting a creative economy amid Korea's efforts to make economic innovations," said Kim. "I believe Korea and Hong Kong can together pave the way for future growth."

Cultural exchanges between Korea and Hong Kong date a while back, with the first co-produced film, Love With an Alien, having been made in 1953. The Korean Film Archive succeeded in locating a copy of the lost film at the Hong Kong Film Archive in 2012.