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 where classifies films, videos, and other motion pictures in to age-based ratings and recommends domestic performances of foreign artists. Through these rating systems, the Korea Media Rating Board works so that the domestic viewers are provided with accurate information for their viewing and it serves as a compass in protecting 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 Seoul divides licensed films into the following categories:[1][2]

  • All (전체관람가) – Green label: Film suitable for all ages.
  • 12+ (12세이상관람가) – Blue label: Film intended for audiences 12 and over. Underage audiences accompanied by a parent or guardian are allowed.
  • 15+ (15세이상관람가) – Yellow label: Film intended for audiences 15 and over. Underage audiences accompanied by a parent or guardian are allowed.
  • 18+ (청소년관람불가) – Red label: No one under 18 is allowed to watch this film.[3])
  • R (Restricted) (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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Classification: Categories". Seoul: Korea Media Rating Board. 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. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Media Rating Board OKs screening of Kim Ki-duk's controversial 'Moebius'-프린트화면". Koreaherald.com. 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-11-04.