Im Sang-soo

Well, if you can’t reminisce on your website’s 10th birthday, when can you? Here’s a collection of some of my favourite London memories of the past 10 years (and one or two from slightly further afield). Some of the moments lived up to expectation: a front row seat at a performance by K-pop ballad diva Lee […]

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Korea Herald gives Im Sang-soo a thumbs-down

by Philip Gowman 21 May 2012
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The Korea Herald *really* doesn’t like Im Sang-soo’s Taste of Money, currently in competition at Cannes. Hong Sang-soo’s In Another Country with Isabelle Hubert fares better. Full story: http://bit.ly/JskHji

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A class apart: why Im Sang-soo loses to Kim Ki-young in the battle of The Housemaids

by Hong Nguyen 16 January 2012
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What really intrigued me about Kim Ki-young’s original Housemaid (1960) was when I read that the female audience were so incensed by the seducing housemaid’s character, that they stood up in cinema auditoriums and shouted: “Kill the wench!” I can’t help but think that a female watching Im Sang-soo’s 2010 remake would remark: “nice house.” […]

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Book Review: Hwang Sok-yong – The Old Garden

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2011
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Hwang Sok-yong: The Old Garden / The Ancient Garden Originally published in 2000 English translation by Jay Oh, Seven Stories Press 2009 / Picador 2010. “More has been expected of Hwang Sok-yong than almost any other Korean writer of the past quarter century,” says Bruce Fulton1. Having read The Guest (2002), and having watched and […]

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LKL Top 10 Film of the Decade at the KCC this week

by Events Editor 23 May 2010
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The theme of the KCC’s film screenings this month is the Family. Earlier this month we had a nice warm cuddly film bursting with family values. This coming Thursday 27 May is the innocent-sounding “A Good Lawyer’s Wife”. But the Korean title, 바람난 가족, translates literally as “Unfaithful family”. Kim Kyu-hyun, one of koreanfilm.org’s reviewers, […]

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Im Sang-soo’s Housemaid remake at Cannes

by Philip Gowman 23 May 2010
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South Korea debuts remake of erotic shocker 60s film at Cannes – Boston Globe and Mail on Im Sang-Soo's Housemaid http://bit.ly/cjlQpl #. The film gets a rave review from Todd Brown at Twitch

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2010: a bumper year for Korean film?

by Philip Gowman 27 April 2010
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Not so long ago, the Korean film industry seemed to be in the doldrums. Darcy, Twitch and others were sounding notes of gloom that Korean cinema had lost its way. But then things picked up again, with blockbusters such as Haeundai, and new indie films such as Breathless making the headlines and bringing in the […]

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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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President’s Last Bang gets uncensored DVD release

by Philip Gowman 13 February 2009
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Im Sang-soo’s film gets a UK DVD release with its controversial documentary footage reinstated.

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Im Sang Soo: Uncut

by Saharial 4 June 2008
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As part of the Tiger Asian film festival Im Sang Soo, director of socio-political films ‘The President’s Last Bang’, ‘A Good Lawyer’s Wife’ and ‘The Old Garden’, held a Q&A session on 30th May 2008 at the Korean Cultural Centre in London. There was a small but select feel to the gathering that took place […]

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Im Sang Soo faces London grilling

by Philip Gowman 26 May 2008
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Korean film director Im Sang Soo is participating in two Q&A sessions this week: Friday at the KCC and Saturday at the ICA, the latter in conjunction with the screening of The President’s Last Bang. It has been said that Im Sang Soo is practically the only director now making films that take a long […]

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Korean Film at Edinburgh

by Philip Gowman 31 July 2007

The Edinburgh Film Festival will be showing four Korean films this year. The choice of three of the four comes as no surprise. No western film festival with Korean content is complete without a recent Kim Ki-duk film, and this time round it’s Breath (숨). Everyone wants to know how Park Chan-wook can follow his […]

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