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Artistic Sex Scenes Coming to A Korean Movie Theatre Near You

The Korean Supreme Court has just made a ruling that will have a significant impact on the Korean movie industry:

Movie stills of Liberated Madame (1956) and Madame Aema (1982)

Movie stills of "Liberated Madame" (1956) and "Madame Aema" (1982)

The taboo surrounding sexual content in films is to be lifted as the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court recently ruled that the “restricted screening” rating — a powerful tool for film censorship — unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the import and distribution of U.S. film “Shortbus,” ruling to annul the “restricted screening” rating imposed on the movie by the Korea Media Rating Board, on Thursday last week. Restricted screening virtually means a film cannot be screened in regular movie theaters. Thanks to the court’s ruling, “Shortbus” can be screened in cinemas. The controversial movie graphically portrays non-simulated sex scenes, such as group sex and masturbation. It has played at numerous domestic and international film festivals, and has been recognized for its artistic merits by critics.

Korean films are likely to feature more vivid depictions of sex from after the ruling. Sex scenes in Korean movies have gradually become more liberated, despite a constant struggle with the censorship system. The 1956 film “Liberated Madame” was the first to present female sexuality onscreen, and an age of erotic movies began with “Madame Aema” in 1982.  [Chosun Ilbo]

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  • King Baeksu
    9:50 pm on January 22nd, 2009 1

    How much do you want to bet that the progressives will use this as another chance to compare Lee Myung-bak with Chun Doo-hwan? Just as Dictator Chun used the Three S's (screen, s.e.x and sports) to divert the attention of the masses in the '80s, so, they will argue, is this obviously an attempt by Dictator Lee to use s.e.x to maintain his iron-fisted grasp upon society.

    Break out the candles already!

  • Mark
    10:14 pm on January 22nd, 2009 2

    I'm assuming the couple in the left photo has sex, but what about the right? :shock:

  • a listener
    7:24 am on January 23rd, 2009 3

    no-simulated sex scenes? What an interesting way to say full out porn with "ligit" actors exchanging fluids in front of the camera.

  • JAFO
    4:11 pm on January 23rd, 2009 4


    Don't be a neighsayer.

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  • boran
    6:26 am on March 21st, 2009 6


  • Sheldon Walters
    3:48 pm on June 9th, 2009 7

    After watching "Lust Caution," a Chinese Film in 2007 here in Korea. I love to see that film "Shortbus" and create a real shocking disturbance in the maintream theatre. After all, I think it's time for Korea to really open up with it's depictions of sex on film now that they have ligitamate actors having real sex on film. That proves that pornography and feature film have now closed the gap. I love to meet the actors who did that extremly dirty sex scene and really expose them to their embarassement. Besides, several actors (expecially female stars) are all sluts.

  • Duncan
    11:23 am on June 17th, 2009 8

    Actually, they don't have sex. They embrace, rub their cheeks together, and move out of the frame (a device used well into the 21st century in Korean media) — and then their tryst is interrupted. If you want raunch, though, see the 2003 art film "A Good Lawyer's Wife," which could be seen as a remake of "Madame Freedom", but which wasn't nearly as popular.

  • Duncan
    6:25 pm on June 17th, 2009 9

    A “neighsayer”? As in … Frau Blucher? (Horse whinnies in fear.)

    Or do you mean, “naysayer”?

  • simon
    11:47 pm on August 11th, 2009 10

    korean mom di masukan

    9:40 pm on November 10th, 2009 11

    Reading those comments about the woman stroking the horse really makes me smile… where is the time people were happy seeing a "less than 3 seconds" kiss on the cheak in some good old black and white movie? Bah, that's probalby all that internet-p0rn making them go crazy. LOL

  • badrudinmalik
    4:46 am on January 24th, 2010 12


  • Rei
    3:01 pm on June 2nd, 2010 13

    I like many American movies but Shortbus is just very disgusting pornography. However, freedom is always the right choice. :x


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