Philip Gowman

Euny Hong: The Birth of Korean Cool How one nation is conquering the world through pop culture Simon & Schuster UK, 2014, 267pp Euny Hong’s first non-fiction book (we loved her novel) is in turn infuriating, entertaining and informative. Let’s get the infuriating bits done with first. In her approach to Romanization she is cavalier, […]

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Taste of Korea promotion runs in over 60 Tesco stores

by Philip Gowman 25 November 2014
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Experiment with Korean ingredients at Tesco for the next week or so. Taste of Korea is an annual event for promoting great Korean foods to UK and European markets, which is supported by the South Korean Embassy in the UK and by Korean food distributors and vendors such as Hankook Foods and CJ. The event […]

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Joo Yeon Sir wins Karl Jenkins music performance prize

by Philip Gowman 24 November 2014
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Congratulations to Joo Yeon Sir for winning The Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award in association with Classic FM (and a cheque for £4,000). Joo Yeon will now record a piece of her choice and a short work composed especially by Karl Jenkins, both of which will be broadcast on Classic FM Read more […]

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LKFF 2014: the conversations

by Philip Gowman 23 November 2014
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The London Korean Film Festival is not just about getting acquainted with the latest in Korean movies. It is also an opportunity to meet some of the people behind those movies – actors, directors and producers. Opportunities for engaging with these film professionals vary: for an ever-growing group of aficionados there is the offer of round-table […]

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Kyung Wha Chung returns with UK recitals and 20-disk retrospective

by Philip Gowman 18 November 2014
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Kyung Wha Chung returns to the concert platform in the UK this month for the first time in over a decade, with sonata performances in Liverpool (22 November), Perth (27 November) and London (2 December). Simultaneously a boxed set of all her Decca recordings (together with a couple from the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue) is being […]

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Festival Film Review: Hwajang / Revivre

by Philip Gowman 17 November 2014
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Well, I was right. Ahn Sung-ki confessed in the Q+A which followed the screening of Hwajang that one of his most difficult tasks in portraying Oh Sang-moo, a senior executive in a cosmetics company, was to project certain aspects of being old – of being blocked inside because of the swollen prostate, of being more […]

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Festival film review: Bitter, Sweet, Seoul

by Philip Gowman 16 November 2014
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Bitter, Sweet, Seoul is an ambitious crowd-sourced project in which people from around the world were invited by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to submit videos which would be made into feature length film. Directors (and brothers) Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong (collectively PARKing CHANce) were commissioned to organise the submissions, attracted to the project by […]

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LKFF2014 – the reviews

by Philip Gowman 15 November 2014
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This year there have been more reviewers than ever covering the Korean Film Fest. Here are links to some of the reviews, to which I’ll add as and when I spot new ones. Films are listed in the order in which they screened. Title Director Reviews EK = Eastern Kicks | HC = Hangul Celluloid […]

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Discover Korea: How much do you know about Korea?

by Philip Gowman 11 November 2014
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Yes, I know you’re all focused on the Film Festival right now, but here are some interesting things for your diary later this month. Note that RSVPs to these talks are to the Embassy, not the KCC. Discover Korea: How much do you know about South Korea? Four talks on Korean Culture | Economy | […]

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Bada Song: Noon Shadows, at the new Tea Museum Art Space and Cafe, opening on 10 Nov

by Philip Gowman 9 November 2014
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10 November 2014 sees the launch of an interesting Anglo-Korean venture: The Tea Museum Art Space and Cafe. The brainchild of David and Jade Kilburn, the venture is based close to the Changdeokgung, at 61 Changdeokgung-gil: The cake counter looks as if it deserves some serious attention: and you can buy specially blended tea while […]

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North Korean artists paint London scenes, on show at the DPRK embassy

by Philip Gowman 7 November 2014
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Seven years ago, artists from Pyongyang’s Mansudae Studios came to London with a wide range of works in a variety of genres. There were ceramics, oils, chosonhwa, embroidery, and of course the images that caught everyone’s attention: the propaganda posters. The location was opposite the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall. This week, a different […]

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Your at-a-glance guide to the LKFF 2014 schedule

by Philip Gowman 4 November 2014
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Having trouble making decisions about which films to attend? Finding the LKL online calendar too cluttered? Here’s an easy-to-read downloadable chart showing the London screenings (plus, for good measure, the screening from the KCC’s Year of the Film Professionals programme, which competes for your attention on 13 November). The pdf download is best printed in […]

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The British Korean Society annual House of Lords event

by Philip Gowman 4 November 2014
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A reminder to British Korean Society members of the upcoming House of Lords reception. And if you’re not a member yet, this is your excuse to join. British Korean Society Reception at the House of Lords Cholmondeley Room and Terrace, London SW1A 0AA Thursday 20th November 2014 Starting 7pm – Carriages 9pm Hosted by Baroness […]

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Bringing Kim Hoon’s Hwajang to the big screen: How to act a swollen prostate?

by Philip Gowman 3 November 2014
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Im Kwon-taek set himself quite a challenge when he decided to make a movie of Kim Hoon’s Hwajang. It is a dense, concentrated and rich piece of writing – I hesitate to say “short story”, because really there’s not much narrative flow. Instead, there’s well-balanced contrast; there’s inner thoughts and emotions; there are the human […]

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Contemporary Korean Silversmithing and Jewellery at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 2 November 2014
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I love William Lee’s spectacular silver moon jars and other recreations of Korean ceramics; and I love Misun Won’s silver jewellery. Heeyoung Kim has caught the attention too at the Goldsmiths fair and elsewhere. I spotted some work by Youjin Nam at the RCA degree show this year, and work by Min Yoo at Mokspace. […]

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November events 2014

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2014
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It’s a busy month. Film: It’s November, so it’s the London Korean Film Festival, starting on 6 November, with many different movies competing for our attention. On Thursday 13 November there are four screenings happening simultaneously – including one from the KCC’s Year of the screen professionals series. I shan’t list all the Festival screenings […]

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Jenna Sung piano recital at the Wigmore

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2014
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A Sunday piano recital that commemorates the Sewol disaster: Jenna Sung, piano Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition Winner 16 November 2014 – 7:30pm Ticket Prices: £15 £13 £10 £8 Ticket bookings are subject to a £1.50 booking fee. This fee covers the whole booking and is not per-ticket. Book tickets on the Wigmore Hall […]

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