Korea is not yet a leading film industry in Asia for foreign production though more facilities are popping up and a new tax incentive is making filming there more attractive.
According to the Korean film commission, South Korea is the 11th largest film market in the world. The country does have a reputation of having a significant influence in Asian entertainment industry with a lot of big national productions. The 'Korean Wave' sweeping all Asia is proof of that. Korea also has some strong directors and cast members popular in the Asian industry.
The country, as said, is changing with more dedicated sound stages and outdoor film sets in a wide range of sizes as well as an increase in full post-production laboratories, sound and digital imagery facilities.
There are four distinct seasons, easy access to shooting locations and over 5,000 year old cultural heritage. Korea also offers competitive rates in all areas of production. In late 2014, it entered into a co-production treaty with Hong Kong.
Marvel filmed key action sequences in Seoul for Avengers: Age of Ultron and will return in 2017 for Black Panther.
American drama series Sense8 has also filmed on location in Seoul.
Korea is currently entering into visa exemption agreements with many countries. Though these countries do not need a visa for short term traveling, they will need to have a visa for working within the country.
For foreigners who enter Korea for film shoots this usually means an art/entertainment-related E-6 visa. Documents can be acquired from the Korean embassy.
There are 6 post-production facilities listed on KFTV, these are alllocated in Seoul. See our listings page to find out more.
There’s no question that there are some spectacular locations in Korea. Here are a few of the kinds of locations on offer are;
Gwanghwamun - the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace is Korea’s most symbolic historic building, overlooking Korea’s largest and most important square, the Gwanghwamun Square.
Busan - Busan, a metropolis of 3.5 million people, has the complex look of a high-end industrial city of the 21st century that embraces the sights of the past decades.
Gwangan Bridge - a landmark of the city and a spectacular sight standing over the sea.
Gyeonggi - this city is located in in the central west of Korea. It is one of the first places many filmmakers look to as a location and production site as it is very close to Seoul.