Ryu Seung-wan

Last summer it was Kim Seong-hun’s Tunnel that got a UK release even while the movie was still topping the Korean box office. This year the summer blockbuster Battleship Island, released in Korea on 27 July, gets some London screenings just two weeks later, from 11 August. The film raked in $27 million in box […]

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A look back at the films and music of 2015

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2016
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In the second of two articles (the first looked at the world of books) we look at some of the releases of 2015 that caught our eye. Film Two Kickstarter-funded films to which LKL contributed came to fruition: Twinsters, the story of twin sisters adopted in different continents who discover each other through Facebook; and […]

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Festival Film Review: Ryoo Seung-wan’s Veteran

by Philip Gowman 24 October 2015
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It really didn’t feel like a new film festival. We were opening in a venue that felt familiar, a lot of the faces front of house and on stage were known to the audience, there were plenty of photographers and TV cameras as well as a red carpet outside, and the bar upstairs was full […]

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Event news: Ryoo Seung-wan talking East Asian cinema with Chris Fujiwara

by Events Editor 22 October 2015
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As part of the London East Asian Film Festival, director Ryoo Seung-wan will be discussing Asian cinema with Chris Fujiwara. Director Ryoo is over for the screening (with Q+A) of his hit film Veteran which opens the festival on 23 October. And remember that there’s another Korean film screening at the festival: Hong Won-chan’s Office, […]

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Ryu Seung-wan is October’s featured director at the KCC

by Events Editor 5 October 2015
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This month’s director at the KCCUK is Ryu Seung-wan – nicely timed to coincide with the screenings of his latest movie Veteran at the London East Asian Film Festival and the London Korean Film Festival. Die Bad is particularly recommended as a debut feature. As usual, registration is required via the KCC website. Die Bad […]

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The Berlin File – so slick it’s really rather dull

by Philip Gowman 17 July 2013
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A plot which involves a dodgy international arms deal, a secret multibillion dollar bank account belonging to the extended family of Kim Jong-il and a power struggle in the wake of Kim Jong-un’s succession. A list of characters which includes operatives from the CIA, Mossad, and both North and South Korean security agencies, plus would-be […]

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Jeon Ji-hyun finally comes clean on her upcoming marriage

by Philip Gowman 4 March 2012
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Enewsworld explains why Jeon Ji-hyun denied wedding rumours for so long: she needed to get some modelling contracts signed first. The wedding is on 13 April, brought forward from 2 June, after which she starts shooting Ryu Seung-wan’s new film Berlin http://bit.ly/ygigUg.

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London Korean Film Festival round-up and Ryu Seung-wan’s The Unjust

by Philip Gowman 21 December 2011
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The 2011 London Korean Film Festival gave the London audience a chance to assess, and in my case reassess, the work of Ryu Seung-wan. Ryu has had several of his films released in the UK on DVD, but he is not as well-known to the viewing public as the likes of Park Chan-wook and Bong […]

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Festival Film Review: why Dachimawa Lee is thoroughly groovy, and why I’m becoming a fan of Ryu Seung-wan

by Philip Gowman 15 November 2011
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I have to confess that when I heard that Ryu Seung-wan was to be the featured director, my reaction was lukewarm. Of the films I had already seen, the silliness of Arahan did not endear the film to me, while seeing Jeon Do-yeon and Lee Hye-hyoung severely thrashed turned me off No Blood No Tears. […]

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Getting to like Ryu Seung-wan

by Philip Gowman 9 November 2011
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Catching up on my DVD pile, and getting to like Ryu Seung-wan. Looking forward to seeing some more next week at the #LKFF @koreanfilmfest

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