What is it that makes Park Chan-kyong’s biopic of Korea’s national shaman so compelling on so many levels? Right from the start, the narrative grips you. We meet Kim Geum-hwa, the subject of the movie, praying for the success of the film. She also prays for the health of the film crew, and asks the […]

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Im Kwon Taek’s Festival is the next screening at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 25 January 2015
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The KCC has announced the next of its free screenings: Festival (축제) Director: Im Kwon Taek (1996) Screening Date: 29 January 2015, 7pm at the KCCUK Running Time: 108 Book via KCCUK website This film is based on the novel of the same title by Lee Cheong-jun. It has an intriguing structure, moving between the […]

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Out of the Ordinary – an exhibition of award winning architectural designs

by Philip Gowman 25 January 2015
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An interesting exhibition coming up at The CASS. The show’s curator is Hyungmin Pai, who co-curated Korea’s Golden Lion winning national pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale last year. Out of the Ordinary Award-winning Works by Young Korean Architects 6th-28th February 2015 The Cass Bank Gallery | Central House | 59-63 Whitechapel High Street | […]

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Korean Chamber Orchestra brings John Malkevitch to the South Bank

by Philip Gowman 21 January 2015
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A rare visit from the Korean Chamber Orchestra, which is celebrating its half century with an interesting programme at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Korean Chamber Orchestra – 50th Anniversary Queen Elizabeth Hall, 23 February 2015, 7:30pm £28 £21 £15 £10 Official page on South Bank Centre website Book Tickets Programme Edward Elgar: Introduction and Allegro […]

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Dance Beyond Borders: a seminar to follow the performance at Trinity Laban

by Philip Gowman 20 January 2015
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Next Wednesday the dance company from the Korea National University of the Arts are performing a triple bill at the Trinity Laban Theatre. Global Korean Wave Symposium: Dance Beyond Borders The performance will be followed by a symposium, Dance Beyond Borders, hosted by KCCUK and chaired by Mirella Bartrip, Director of Dance at Trinity Laban […]

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Hur Shan: The Door in the Wall — at Gazelli Art House

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2015
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New work from Hur Shan coming up at Gazelli Art House: Hur Shan: The Door in the Wall Exhibition Dates: 30 January – 22 March 2015 Location: Gazelli Art House | 39 Dover Street | London W1S 4NN | gazelliarthouse.com Mon – Fri: 10:00 – 18:00 | Sat: 11:00 – 19:00 | Sun: by appt […]

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A review of the London Korean Year 2014

by Philip Gowman 18 January 2015
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2014 was billed as the year of Korean literature, and it lived up to expectations. A number of programmes were geared towards spotlighting Korean literature, central to which was the London Book Fair, where Korea was the Market Focus for the year in an ongoing initiative coordinated by the British Council. The Book Fair itself […]

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Skipwiths and CAIS to show at the London Art Fair

by Philip Gowman 16 January 2015
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At the London Art Fair this year there’s a new exhibitor focusing on Korean artists. Skipwiths, who worked with Bernard Jacobson gallery in presenting Chun Kwang-young last year, will be at stand 35 in a collaboration with the well-known Korean gallery CAIS. In the last couple of years CAIS has focused on Art13 and Art14, […]

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Park Chan-kyong at Iniva – worth an investment of time

by Philip Gowman 15 January 2015
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If you go along to Park Chan-kyong’s solo show at Iniva, make sure you set aside enough time – at least a couple of hours. And those of you who went to his talk at the Korean Cultural Centre in November last year will wish you had been better prepared on what he was going to […]

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The 2015 KCC film schedule launches with Im Kwon-taek’s Wangsimni

by Philip Gowman 13 January 2015
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The theme for this year’s film screenings at the KCC is “early works by 10 celebrated Korean directors”; and with ten months between now and the 10th KCC London Korean Film Festival, we are told that there’s a link there. No doubt more will be revealed in due course. This month there are two screenings […]

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Han Kang and Deborah Levy in conversation with Deborah Smith

by Philip Gowman 10 January 2015
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When Han Kang appeared at an event with Shin Kyung-sook on day 2 of the 2014 London Book Fair we were treated to a sneak preview of the cover artwork of the English translation of The Vegetarian. It was hot off the press: the book’s translator Deborah Smith had been sent some samples that very […]

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Judy Joo’s Jinjuu opens on 13 Jan, with her new TV show screening from 26 Jan

by Philip Gowman 7 January 2015
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Already billed by the Evening Standard as one of the “best new London restaurants opening in 2015“, Judy Joo’s new restaurant, Jinjuu, has its official opening next week (13 January) at 15 Kingly Street London W1B 5PS (though it has a “soft launch” at the end of this week). The Daily Telegraph and the Londonist […]

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Joo Yeon Sir’s busy January

by Philip Gowman 6 January 2015
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Award-winning violinist Joo Yeon Sir has got a busy year in front of her. It kicks off with a free lunchtime recital at St. Martin-in-the-Fields on Friday 9 January, continuing with concerts with orchestras in London, Cambridge, Croydon and Oxford, as well as presenting the complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle at Royal College of Music. For […]

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The London Korean Links Awards 2014

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2015
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Our regular unscientific seasonal post which recognises some of the people, books, films and events which made 2014 an outstanding year. Personality of the Year This year there seem to have been more anti-heroes than heroes – examples to avoid rather than emulate. Villains we loved to hate this year have included the reclusive photographer, […]

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January events 2015

by Philip Gowman 2 January 2015
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Here are some of the events for the first month of 2015: Music and dance The first event of the New Year is a performance by Korean / Japanese experimental musical duo Tengger, in the Redchruch Brewery in Bethnal Green, 7 January Violinist Joo Yeon Sir has recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields (9 January) and the National […]

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Meme – at Hanmi Gallery and the London Art Fair

by Philip Gowman 2 January 2015
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It’s the New Year, so already it’s time to think about the London Art Fair. Once again, Hanmi Gallery is participating, with linked events at the Business Design Centre and in their own Maple Street gallery space: Meme Artists: Troika, Chang Kyum Kim, Mioon. Hanmi Gallery London 14-31 January 2015 and at London Art Fair […]

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Kim Jong Un’s 2015 New Year address

by Philip Gowman 2 January 2015
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Here is the full text of Kim Jong Un’s 2015 New Year address, kindly provided by the DPRK embassy in London. Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, made a New Year address […]

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