Bong Joon-ho

Here are the preparatory notes which helped me keep going for nearly an hour (including discussion) with the BKWS on 6 October. I didn’t necessarily stick to these notes, and I don’t stand by them, but I’m putting them up here in case attendees want a copy. Korean Women on screen, between the covers Is […]


Mother to screen at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 12 July 2011
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The 74th evening screening at the KCC this Thursday, 14 July, is Bong Joon-ho’s 2009 hit Mother: Time and date: 7pm, Thursday 14th July Film Title: Mother Director: Bong Joon-ho Cast: Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin Genre:Thriller Certificate: 15 (UK) Running Time: 128 mins Venue: The Korean Cultural Centre UK Ground Floor, Grand Buildings 1-3 Strand, […]

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Korean directors on the panels at Cannes 2011

by Philip Gowman 9 April 2011
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BBC News – Bong Joon-ho to head Cannes debut filmmaker panel (Camera d’Or) # while Lee Chang-Dong is on the panel for critics’ week

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Kim Hye-ja voted Best Actress

by Philip Gowman 13 December 2010
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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association votes Kim Hye-ja Best Actress 2010 – in a poll which includes Hollywood and English language films. Mother is voted the #2 foreign film #

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Wendy Ide on Mother

by Philip Gowman 21 August 2010
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“It's overlong and the pacing suffers from the unwieldy run time”. Wendy Ide on Mother (Now screening at Picturehouse and ICA). I'm trying to think of a Korean film she actually likes #

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LKL’s top 10 K-films of the noughties

by Philip Gowman 26 January 2010
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Mark Russell led the way with his fascinating list of films of the decade – in which the biggest shock was that there was no Park Chan-wook. GI Korea also has a list, which redresses the balance somewhat. So here is mine. Over the years I’ve been reasonably diligent in giving marks out of 10 […]

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Mother reveals Bong’s perversity

by Philip Gowman 24 November 2009
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LKL reports from the screening of Mother at the Bong Joon-ho retrospective at the British Film Institute on 14 November, with Q&A chaired by Tony Rayns. In a world obsessed with celebrity, youth and beauty, only a director of the stature of Bong Joon-ho could have got away with it. The big name star, Won […]

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Remembering Murder: from “Memories of Murder” to “Mother”

by Colette Balmain 14 November 2009
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Colette Balmain reviews Bong Joon-ho’s latest hit, and finds themes which echo his 2003 success Bong Joon-ho’s Mother, the Korean Film Council’s submission to the 2010 Oscars – 82nd Annual Academy Awards – under the category “Best Foreign Language Film”, has much in common with his 2003 Memories of Murder: a film based upon the […]

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Korean Connections at the 53rd BFI London Film Festival

by Colin Bartlett 6 October 2009
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Colin Bartlett has overcome the shortcomings of the London Film Festival website search engine by diligently reading the 100 page festival brochure for films with Korean connections. Here are the results of his labours. (Note: since 2009 the BFI have reorganised their site and none of the links provided below now work) First, the two […]

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Quentin Tarantino’s K-film watchlist

by Philip Gowman 21 August 2009
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Three Korean films are among Quentin Tarantino's top 20. Two by Bang Joon-ho, and not the Park Chan-wook you might expect: #. The full list: Battle Royale | Anything Else | Audition | Tsui Hark’s The Blade | Boogie Nights | Dazed & Confused | Dogville | Fight Club | Fridays | The Host | […]

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Barking Dogs at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 25 November 2008
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Details of this week’s film screening at the cultural centre

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Bong Joon-ho month at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 8 October 2008
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This month gives you an opportunity to see two of the best films to have come out of Korea – or anywhere – this century. Both star Song Kang-ho, both are by director Bong Joon-ho, who debuted in 2000 with the amazing Barking Dogs Never Bite. On 9 October, there’s the film which provided […]

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The London Korean Links Awards 2006

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2006
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In the year-end spirit of reviewing the highlights and lowlights of 2006, here are the winners of the first LKL Awards – a personal and unscientific selection. The awards are in the following categories: Man of the Year Woman of the Year Best cultural promotion: Briton in Korea Best cultural promotion: Korean in Britain Best […]

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Careful not to try earning a little cash on the side

by Philip Gowman 10 October 2006

The Marmot has picked up a little news item from the Korean press: a couple of foreigners were caught out earning a little but of cash by getting bit-parts in Bong Joon-ho’s The Host, and they now face deportation. One of them was only in Korea on a 90 day tourist visa. Good news for […]

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Lee Myung-se’s The Duelist – and The Host – to get nationwide release

by Philip Gowman 19 September 2006
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Is The Host anti-American (spoilers)?

by Philip Gowman 30 August 2006
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The packed performance of The Host at Frightfest on Monday went down well. We were told by the organisers that we were watching the longest possible print. Whether that means there are cuts in other theatrical versions I don’t know. One of the things about The Host is that it’s generated a lot of noise […]

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Countdown to the Host (2)

by Philip Gowman 21 August 2006

The London debut of the Host is one week away. And it’s still breaking box office records. It’s sold out at the Edinburgh Festival, where Bong Joon-ho will be making a personal appearance, while in Korea, after one week according to the Chosun, the film brought in some 2.7 million viewers in just four days, […]

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