Kim Ki-duk

Chung Hye-seung: Kim Ki-duk (Contemporary Film Directors series) University of Illinois Press, 2012, 161pp When is the right time to publish a monograph on a living film director? With the KOFIC collection of books, the schedule appears more driven by wanting to get a complete set of directors covered as soon as possible. For a […]

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Looking back at 2012: Culture, tourism and branding stories

by Philip Gowman 22 January 2013
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The first of four articles in which we look back at some of the stories which caught our attention during the course of 2012. In this first article we look at cultural promotion, heritage, tourism and related topics. Heritage and Cultural Promotion Korea’s national folk song, Arirang, was listed as world Intangible Cultural Heritage by […]

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Three Korean victories in Venice

by Philip Gowman 8 September 2012
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Official Awards: GOLDEN LION for Best Film to PIETA by Kim Ki-duk; ORIZZONTI YOUTUBE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM to CHO-DE (초대) by Yoo Min-young; Collateral Awards: QUEER LION for the “best film with a homosexual and queer culture theme” to WEIGHT (무게) by Jeon Kyu-hwan.

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Arirang in Kim Ki-duk mini-season at the ICA

by Philip Gowman 5 June 2012
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Kim Ki-duk, along with Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook, was once the director that anyone trying to bluff their way in Korean movies could name. For around a decade he churned out one or two films a year which often caused controversy for their animal cruelty and misogyny. Then, after Dream (2008), everything went quiet. […]

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Saharial at the Terracotta Festival: Arirang

by Saharial 15 April 2012
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Finally! I had been hoping to see this along with a Q&A at the London Korean Film Festival last year, but it never materialised much to my disappointment. Kim Ki-duk, despite a rather misogynistic approach on occasion to his female characters on film, is one of the Korean directors whose work I really enjoy. Ever […]

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New book on Kim Ki-duk coming to stores this week

by Philip Gowman 20 February 2012
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Last year saw the comeback of Kim Ki-duk, winning the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes with Arirang. The release of a new book on one of Korea’s most controversial directors is therefore timely. Coming to Amazon UK this week then, and to Amazon US last month, is a new book on Kim Ki-duk from […]

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Kim Ki-duk stages comeback at Cannes

by Philip Gowman 20 May 2011
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No surprise but Kim Ki-duk’s ARIRANG Captures Critics in Cannes on WSJ blogs, via @koreanfilmfest. And via @bournecinema: Kim Ki-duk settles scores with former colleagues, and the Korean film industry in general, in his new film ARIRANG (Korea Herald)

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Korean film at Cannes 2011

by Philip Gowman 15 April 2011
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Three Korean Films have been invited to the 2011 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. Nice to see Kim Ki-duk back in action with Arirang. http://bit.ly/i7Q3D3 #. Na Hong-jin’s Yellow Sea plus the latest Hong Sang-soo also going.

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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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Korean film at the Terracotta film festival

by Philip Gowman 7 May 2009
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The new kid on the block when it comes to Asian film is Terracotta. They launched themselves last November by securing the rights to Im Pil-sung’s horror film Hansel and Gretel (which screens at the KCC later this month – 28 May), and they’re making a splash at the Prince Charles this month with the […]

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Spring, Summer at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 9 April 2008

The KCC’s third film screening, on Friday 11 April at 7pm, is Kim Ki-duk’s Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter … and Spring. From the KCC website: Synopsis Spring, a child monk audaciously stacks rocks on a frog’s back. Summer, a young boy falls in love with a girl who comes to the buddhist monastery to convalesce. […]

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London Korean Film Festival 2007 programme details

by Philip Gowman 10 October 2007
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Here’s the running order. Some commentary to follow tomorrow. Breath (숨) (12A) (2007) Dir Kim Ki-duk (김기덕) 84 min / Opening Gala Special Preview 19:30 / Introduced by special guest Ambassador Dr. Cho Yoon-Je of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea 2 Nov 07 / 19:30 / Cinema 1 The latest film from the […]

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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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Jeon Do-yeon wins at Cannes

by Philip Gowman 28 May 2007
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Congratulations to Jeon Do-yeon on winning best actress at Cannes. She was an early front-runner in the competition, and just for once those early hopes of success were justified. For the first third of its nearly two-and-a-half-hour running time, “Secret Sunshine” feels like a slightly somber fish-out-of-water comedy (reports AO Scott at the New York […]

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Darcy’s predictions for 2007

by Philip Gowman 11 January 2007
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It’s getting to be the case that the more interesting stuff over on Darcy’s site is in his What’s New page rather than his forums. Here are his predictions for 2007: Park Jin-pyo’s VOICE OF A MURDERER is going to be a major critical and popular hit (at least 6 million tickets) There will be […]

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Adrien Gombeaud and others: Kim Ki-duk

by Philip Gowman 28 December 2006
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(Dis Voir, 2006) Adrien Gombeaud / Anaïd Demir / Cédric Lagandré / Catherine Capdeville-Zeng / Daniele Rivière The best French organists are known for their improvisation skills. Suggest a theme, and they will start a journey from it, sometimes referring back to it but often exploring strange new vistas completely unrelated to it. The essays […]

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Kim Ki-duk’s apology

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2006

The Chosunilbo has a good item on Kim’s apology to Korean cinema-goers. Visit the Chosun for the background and related links. The story is picked up in the koreanfilm.org forum, and a lively thread is ensuing. The consensus seems to be that if Kim wants Koreans to go to his movies, he should make movies […]

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