How did we manage to squeeze in six teasers this year? Anyway, the latest is possibly one of the most anticipated Korean movies of the year so far. Here’s hoping it lives up to expectation. Taxi Driver (택시 운전사) Director: Jang Hoon, 2017, 137mins Cast: Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hai-jin, Ryu Jun-yeol UK Premiere […]

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K-music 2017 – an introduction to this year’s programme

by Philip Gowman 22 July 2017
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This year’s K-music festival is the biggest yet, with nine concerts lined up for the series, and with only one act which could be described as from the mainstream indie world, the programme promises to be the most interesting yet. As is fitting in the year of UK-Korea cultural collaboration, many of the concerts this […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Park Jiha, 25 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Park Jiha’s appearance in the Purcell Room at K-music 2015 was something rather special (LKL review here), and her album Communion was one of our favourites of 2016 and shortlisted for the 2017 Korean Music Awards in two categories. A great way to round off K-music 2017. Jiha Park: Communion Wednesday 25 October 2017, 8pm […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Kingston Rudieska, 23 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Kingston Rudieska bring the Caribbean summer to Autumn in London: Kingston Rudieska Monday 23 October 2017, 8:30pm Borderline | Orange Yard | Manette St | Soho | London W1D 4JB Book tickets Seoul may not be first city you think of when you say “Ska!”, but there is a fanatical ska and reggae movement there, […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — AUX, 15 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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This concerts promises to be intensely exciting, and Rich Mix is the perfect venue for it. AUX (억스) Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA | richmix.org.uk Sunday 15 October 2017, 8:30pm Book tickets Psychedelic pansori-rock from Korea crashlands in Shoreditch en route to the Womex festival. AUX bring together screaming […]

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Event news: K-music + Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Love, 11 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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The fourth Korean Sounds concert this year, which also forms part of the K-Music festival, is on the theme of love: Korean Sounds – East Meets West: Love Wednesday 11 October, 7.30pm Kings Place, Hall One Tickets from £9.50 Book here: Kings Place/Korean Sounds Universally and in all ages, music has been a messenger of love […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Woojae Park, Soumik Datta + Shogo Yoshii, 9 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Woojae Park is best known in Europe for his beautiful collaborations with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – he created the music for Fractus V, which played at Sadlers Wells and toured worldwide. In a rave review, The Guardian described the music as ‘a marvellous braid of sound, fusing Middle Eastern influences to a wildly ecstatic […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Hyelim Kim + Alice Zawadzki, 2 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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A major theme running through this year’s K-music festival is that of collaboration between Korean and Western musicians. Hyelim Kim has been collaborating across genres for many years, most recently at Club Inegales. Her collaboration with vocalist / violinist Alice Zawadzki in the intimate Vortex venue should be special. They gave us a preview of […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Jeduk Jeon + Juwon Park, 27 Sept

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Harmonica legend Jeduk Jeon is one of the great figures of Korean music today. Blind since birth, he’s been compared to Toots Thielemans for his formidably virtuosic style. Guitarist Juwon Park’s band has been influenced by flamenco and gypsy jazz, but their range goes even wider. Expect a soulful celebration from this special collaboration: Jeduk […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Heemoon Lee & Prelude, 24 Sept

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Last year’s K-music gig in the Albert Hall’s Elgar Room was a great success. This year’s blend of jazz and Korean traditional folk music looks to be equally as promising. Heemoon Lee & Prelude Sunday 24 September 2017, 8pm LONDON Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room | Kensington Gore | London SW7 2AP £15 + booking […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Black String & Kathryn Tickell, 15 Sept

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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The 2017 K-Music festival opens with an interesting collaboration between fusion band Black String and Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell: Black String & Kathryn Tickell Friday 15 Sept 2017, 7:30pm Union Chapel | Compton Terrace | London N1 2UN Book tickets London’s Festival of Korean Music opens with Black String + special guest Kathryn Tickell This […]

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Event news: the final three screenings in the Unwrapping My Korean Cinema series

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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The second half of the “Patchworks: Unwrapping My Korean Cinema” season of screenings focuses on youth film and in particular the impact that the Ha Gil-jong movie The March of Fools had on film-maker Kim Hong-joon. Kim will be there for a Q+A after his La Vie en Rose, and he will also be giving […]

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Event news: Hwang Sok-yong introduces Familiar Things at Asia House

by Events Editor 19 July 2017
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Hwang Sok-yong will be heading down to London from the Edinburgh International Book Festival to talk about his latest novel to be translated into Englsih: Hwang Sok-yong: A Modern Tale of Povery Asia House | 63 New Cavendish Street | London W1G 7LP August 17, 2017, 18:45 – 20:00 £10, Conc £8, Members £5 | […]

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An introduction to the July / August season of films at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 15 July 2017
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Kim Hong-joon’s My Korean Cinema, which screened as part of the documentary strand of the 2016 London Korean Film Festival, provides the inspiration and structure for the July / August season of films at the KCC, curated by students from the MA Film Programming and Curating course at Birkbeck. They provide the background below: Patchworks […]

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Event news: The Knitting Club screens at the KCC, 3 August

by Events Editor 15 July 2017
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The third in the current season of film screenings at the KCC is a 2016 documentary that presents Korean women as everything from victims of circumstance through to creators of their own destiny. The Knitting Club (야근 대신 뜨개질) Director: Park So-hyun (2016) 98 mins Event Date: 3 August, 7:00pm Location: KCCUK Booking: Free admission, […]

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Film review: Hur Jin-ho’s Season of Good Rain

by Philip Gowman 12 July 2017
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How reassuring it is, after the disappointment that was Bong Joon-ho’s Okja, to find that there are still directors out there who can serve up what you expect. Maybe that’s a bad thing: maybe you need to be surprised every now and then. On the other hand, there’s no shame in wanting a dose of […]

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Korea – The Antifragile Kingdom

by Matthew Jackson 10 July 2017
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Editor’s note: every now and then Matthew Jackson submits a cracking article from out of nowhere. Here’s one such article which, if I may paraphrase, wonders whether maybe han is healthy. I hope it’s not too long before the next one! The author and philosopher Nicholas Nassim Taleb (of ‘Black Swan’ fame) developed a concept […]

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