Kim Jee-woon

The official UK release date for Kim Jee-woon’s colonial era spy thriller is 24 March. The Age of Shadows, released in the UK by Soda Pictures, opened last year’s London East Asia Film Festival. At the time of writing no London screenings have been announced, but the movie will be screened in Sheffield, and earlier previews are […]

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Korean films in LEAFF’s Competition, Official Selection and Stories of Women sections

by Philip Gowman 13 October 2016
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The 2016 London East Asia Film Festival has a number of strands. We’ve already posted details of the movies screening in the Park Chan-wook retrospective and the Jeonju International Film Festival Focus. So here are the Korean movies featuring in the other strands, the broader East Asian cinema sections, listed in order of screening at […]

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Kim Ji-woon is March’s featured director

by Philip Gowman 10 March 2015
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For March, the programme of screenings is expanded: two at the KCCUK and one at SOAS. Tale of Two Sisters is a classic, and Foul King is a guilty pleasure. For me though, Takashi Miike’s remake of Quiet Family, the deliriously madcap Happiness of the Katakuris, is unusual in being an improvement on the original. […]

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K-film at the BFI London Film Fest: Doomsday Book is really not worth the effort

by Philip Gowman 13 October 2012
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Doomsday Book, the first of six Korean films to screen at the 56th BFI London Film Festival is a set of three short films based loosely on a science fiction theme. The two outer segments, gentle comedies directed by Im Pil-seong (임필성), sandwich a semi-serious but nevertheless meagre filling by Kim Ji-woon entitled Heavenly Creature […]

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Schwarzenegger to appear in Kim Ji-woon’s Hollywood debut

by Philip Gowman 13 July 2011
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Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed for Kim Ji-woon’s Hollywood film The Last Stand. Here’s hoping Kim does a better job for Arnie than he did for Choi Min-sik in I Saw the Devil.

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Yes, Kim Ji-woon CAN make original films. A Quiet Family screens at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 24 November 2010
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After seeing how unoriginal Kim Ji-woon can be when presented with someone else’s script (did ANYONE think that I saw the Devil was worth two hours of your life?), it’s a relief to be reminded that when he writes his own stuff he’s on sparkling form. This Thursday sees the start of a Choi Min-sik […]

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Kim Ji-woon’s I Saw the Devil: more than just gore?

by Aashish Gadhvi 9 November 2010
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Aashish Gadhvi speaks on behalf of three LKL reviewers: Kim Ji-woon’s latest is a disappointment. Hype can be a film’s best friend or its worst enemy. In the case of some films it has worked (The Blair Witch Project) and in the case of others it has backfired spectacularly (Star Wars Prequels), but the fact […]

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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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A Scoop of Korea at Thames Festival 2009

by Philip Gowman 26 August 2009
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As Chuseok approaches, it’s time once again for the Thames Festival: 12-13 September. This will be the third year that there has been a significant Korean presence. The amazing Dulsori led the way three years ago; last year the high-profile item was Jump. This year we get the musical essence of contemporary Korea, Sorea: a […]

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Uninvited and unwanted? Hollywood’s Two Sisters remake

by Philip Gowman 22 April 2009
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Do we want a Hollywood remake of the classic Kim Ji-woon horror movie “Tale of Two Sisters”? Decide for yourself

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Nom Nom Nom gets DVD release

by Philip Gowman 20 February 2009
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Kim Ji-woon’s The Good the Bad and the Weird makes it to DVD, in both Korean and International cuts.

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Nom Nom Nom on general release

by Philip Gowman 6 February 2009
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Details of UK screenings of Kim Ji-woon’s western, The Good the Bad and the Weird.

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LKL 2008 Quiz of the year – the answers

by Philip Gowman 1 January 2009
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LKL’s annual quiz about the year’s events in Korea, including plenty of celebrity trivia.

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Please leave your comments on the Korean Film Festival

by Philip Gowman 14 November 2008
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It’s over for this year. From my own perspective, it’s been a great festival. I didn’t manage to get to all of the screenings, but I got to the ones I really wanted to. We had two top-notch films from Korea cinema’s golden age (The Housemaid and Obaltan / Aimless Bullet), a retrospective of one […]

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Good, bad or weird?

by Philip Gowman 13 November 2008
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A review of Kim Ji-woon’s kimchi western, The Good the Bad and the Weird

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Kim Ji-woon in London: bigger, faster

by Philip Gowman 12 November 2008
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A report from the London Korean Film Festival, including the interview with Kim Ji-woon

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Stars launch Korean Film Festival

by Philip Gowman 8 November 2008
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Kim Ji-woon and Lee Byung-hun were brought to London to introduce the flagship film of the festival, The Good the Bad and the Weird.

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