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Embattled topper exits Kofic

Han-sup leaves post due to evaluation results

SEOUL — Korean Film Council’s topper Kang Han-sup ankled July 2, due to a low evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance.

After starting his three-year term in May 2008, Kang sought to find new ways to improve the sluggish Korean film industry. He announced a $55.5 million plan after five months in office, after being criticized for not showing any concrete policies to help the industry.

But last month the Ministry of Strategy and Culture, which supervises Kofic, gave the lowest grade to the council during an evaluation result of 92 governmental orgs. The June 19 report recommended dismissing Kang.

In his official resignation statement, Kang apologized to industryites and said he “leaves without accomplishing the duties of reforming Kofic and making Korean films bounce back.” However, he added, “Korean films are now conspicuously in the state of rising again” and asked industry people to “give one more chance to Kofic.”

Kofic will be under control of vice chairman Shim Sang-min for now.

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