Korea Media Rating Board

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Korea Media Rating Board
Revised RomanizationYeongsangmul Deunggeup Wiwonhoe
McCune–ReischauerYŏngsangmul Tŭnggŭp Wiwŏnhoe

The Korea Media Rating Board (KMRB) is a public organization that classifies films, videos, and other motion pictures into age-based ratings and recommends domestic performances of foreign artists. Through these rating systems, the Korea Media Rating Board provides domestic viewers with accurate information for their viewing and protects children from harmful and unsuitable materials. Established in 1966 as the "Korean Art and Culture Ethics Committee", the organization changed the name to the "Korean Ethics Committee for Performing Arts" in 1976 and The "Korean Council Performing Arts Promotion" in 1997. In June 1999, it finally changed to the current name of "Korea Media Rating Board".


Ratings are determined on films and videos which are classified, stage performances, and advertising. Stage performances have been rated ALL, Teenager restricted, or not rated. Advertisements have generally been rated ALL or not rated.[1] The media that is rated includes:

  • Nationally produced movies
  • Foreign movies
  • Advertisements on:
    • previews
    • posters
    • newspapers
    • notice boards

Film ratings[edit]

KMRB ratings

The Korea Media Rating Board (영상물등급위원회) in Busan divides licensed films into the following categories:[1][2]

  • KMRB All.svg ALL (전체관람가) – Green label: Film suitable for all ages.
  • KMRB 12.svg 12 (12세이상관람가) – Blue label: Film intended for audiences 12 and over. Underage audiences accompanied by a parent or guardian are allowed.
  • KMRB 15.svg 15 (15세이상관람가) – Yellow label: Film intended for audiences 15 and over. Underage audiences accompanied by a parent or guardian are allowed.
  • KMRB 18.svg 18 (청소년관람불가) – Red label: No one under 18 is allowed to watch this film.[3])
  • KMRB RS.svg Restricted screening (제한상영가) – Gray label: Film needs a certain restriction in screening or advertisement as it is considered a highly bad influence to universal human dignity, social value, good customs or national emotion due to excessive expression of nudity, violence, social behavior, etc.

On January 1st, 2021, the KMRB updated their maturity icons.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Classification: Categories". Seoul: Korea Media Rating Board. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  2. ^ Lee, Claire (7 August 2013). "Media Rating Board OKs Screening of Kim Ki-duk's Controversial 'Moebius'". The Korea Herald. Archived from the original on 15 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Media Rating Board OKs screening of Kim Ki-duk's controversial 'Moebius'-프린트화면". Koreaherald.com. 2013-08-07. Archived from the original on 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  4. ^ Kim Tae-hyeon: 영상물등급위원회 “영상물 등급 및 내용 정보 표시, 내년부터 바뀐다”