This concluding chapter ties together the loose threads of the discussions in the preceding chapters. It identifies several key trends that have had a huge impact on the Asian cinematic industry, including the rising popularity of Japanese and Korean films at international film festivals and the development of a specifically East Asian film festival circuit. It explains how the presence of Hollywood remains a constant element in any national cinema and continues to be a factor in Japanese and South Korean film markets. It concludes that the fate of the directors featured in the present volume will go hand-in-hand with the cinematic environments in which they work. What the future holds for the Japanese and South Korean film industries is unclear, but for the moment the future still looks bright.
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