Shinsuke Fujimoto is a rarity in the booming South Korean film industry. Despite having no connections in the local movie scene, the Ishikawa Prefecture native flew to Seoul straight after graduating college and has managed to make a living working on various film sets for over a decade.

His experience earned him a reputation as the go-to person for Korean productions looking to film in Japan or collaborate with their Japanese counterparts.

"I can't think of any other Japanese who's been working in Korean cinema for this long," the 37-year-old says.