Event Notices

The two final screenings at the KCC before we get to the London Korean Film Festival bring to an end the season of movies which look at Korean humour. Cyrano Agency (시라노;연애조작단) Director: Kim Hyeon-seok, 2010, 117 mins Cast: Uhm Tae-woong, Lee Min-jung, Park Shin-hye, Daniel Choi 13 Oct 16 7:00 pm Named after the well-known French drama Cyrano […]

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Exhibition news: Kim Jin-kwan solo show at 5th Base Gallery

by Philip Gowman 28 September 2016
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Notice of an upcoming exhibition to the East of the City: Kim Jin Kwan 5th Base Gallery | 23 Heneage Street | London E1 5LJ | www.5thbase.co.uk 7th – 12th October 1pm – 6pm Private view 6th October 6pm – 9pm in the presence of the artist (everyone welcome) Fallen leaves stems, and seeds are […]

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Event news: KCC House Concert with the Rogeri String Trio

by Philip Gowman 27 September 2016
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Notice of an upcoming concert at the KCC: Rogeri String Trio Tuesday 4 October 2016, 7pm Korean Cultural Centre The Korean Cultural Centre invites you to ‘THE KCC HOUSE CONCERT’ to hear an exciting programme featuring 3 Principal members of the Korean Chamber Orchestra, the Rogeri String Trio. Programme Haydn String Trio in G Major […]

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Korean designers at 100% Design and Tent London

by Philip Gowman 24 September 2016
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The early autumn season seems to be getting busier and busier. More and more things to do, and no more hours to do them in. So this year, I’m not visiting the design shows at Olympia and Brick Lane. For the record though, here are the Korean designers showing at the Truman Brewery. I’d like […]

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A look at the 2016 London Korean Film Festival programme

by Philip Gowman 23 September 2016
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Oooh oooh oooh my favourite film of 2012, and in a shortlist for my film of the decade is being screened again. I thought it would never find its way back into a London theatre and that I’d never have the pleasure of seeing it again, because it’s not the sort of movie that they’re […]

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Festival news: the first edition of LEAFF announces its programme

by Philip Gowman 22 September 2016
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The London East Asia Film Festival announced the full programme of its first full “edition” this week, and there is a very strong Korean selection. As already announced, there will be a retrospective of one of Korea’s best known directors, Park Chan-wook, along with a screening of his most recent movie. In addition, there are […]

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Exhibition news: Yun Hyong-keun at Simon Lee Gallery

by Philip Gowman 17 September 2016
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Yun Hyong-keun (b 1928) passed away in 2007. By arrangement with the artist’s son, a number of his works from the early 1990s are being exhibited at Simon Lee Gallery in Berkeley Street in what is his first posthumous solo show in London. The majority of the works are oil on linen, though one (not […]

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Event news: The Lovers and the Despot comes online and to theatres 23 Sept

by Philip Gowman 11 September 2016
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It’s been very tantalising knowing that this film has been in the making. LKL met with the directors of this project back in early 2012 and made a few introductions which may or may not have been of assistance. It sounded like an interesting angle on a familiar topic – the sojourn of Shin Sang-ok […]

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Exhibition news: Korean artists at Start Art Fair

by Philip Gowman 10 September 2016
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START Art Fair runs for four days from 15 September at the Saatchi Gallery. Korean artists will be strongly represented, firstly by London-based Skipwiths, by five Korean galleries and finally one Parisian gallery. START provides international galleries with a global platform on which to show their artists in London, one of the most important cities […]

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Event news: South Korea at London Design Biennale 2016

by Philip Gowman 8 September 2016
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The first London Design Biennale opened yesterday at Somerset House with over 30 countries and territories participating. Nations from six continents present newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design. South Korea is present with a project which explores the famous 1447 AD painting by An Gyeong, Dream Journey to the Peach Blossom […]

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Exhibition news: Baek Kyung-sook’s donated Haenyeo photographs, at Jeju Stone Park

by Philip Gowman 6 September 2016
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What has an exhibition in Jeju Stone Park got to do with the normal remit of London Korean Links? Above everything else, friendship. On my first trip to Korea back in 2001 I met the future director of Jeju Stone Park, Baek Un-cheol, who at the time was in charge of his private museum of […]

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Exhibition news: Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust: First Decade, at Marlborough Fine Arts

by Philip Gowman 6 September 2016
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Korean artist Seung Ae Lee, a 2016 MA graduate from the Royal College of Art, was winner of the Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust award for this year. The VBAT prize is made up of four main elements, which are a SPACE studio for one year, a cash prize of £2,500 towards materials, an exhibition at the end […]

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Event news: Park Chan-wook retrospective @LEAFF 2016

by Philip Gowman 4 September 2016
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The London East Asia Film Festival, in its first full outing (20-30 October), hosts a Park Chan-wook retrospective, including a screening of his 2016 movie Handmaiden. The director will be present for that screening, and to introduce a remastering of his Lady Vengeance. It’s nice that a few of his shorts will be screened as […]

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Event news: UK-Korea business seminar

by Philip Gowman 4 September 2016
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Notice of a seminar arranged jointly by the British Korean Society and the Lord Mayor’s office: UK-Korea Business Seminar Mansion House, 23 September 2016 As follow-up to the Lord Mayor of London’s visit to the Republic of Korea in July, the British Korean Society, jointly with the Lord Mayor’s Office, have arranged a business seminar […]

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Exhibition news: Ceramics by Oh Man-chul, at Han Collection

by Philip Gowman 4 September 2016
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News of a ceramics exhibition opening later this month at Han Collection Oh Man-chul Han Collection London 33 Museum Street | Bloomsbury | London WC1A 1LH | www.hancollection.co.uk 22nd Sep – 5th Oct 2016 This autumn, Han Collection will present solo exhibition of important contemporary Korean pottery painter Oh Man-Chul. The exhibition will feature his […]

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Korean films at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

by Philip Gowman 3 September 2016
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If I were to draw up a list of feature films that I simply *had* to see this year, the following three would be on it. Thanks to the BFI selectors for securing them for the festival. There’s also a short film showing. Text below is from the BFI website. Tickets go on sale to […]

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Film news: Tunnel gets a lightning-quick UK release

by Philip Gowman 3 September 2016
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So unusual that a movie that was topping the Korean box office less than a month ago (and still is) gets a theatrical release in the UK. Tunnel (터널) Director: Kim Seong-Hun, 2016, 127 minutes Cast: Ha Jung-Woo, Doona Bae, Oh Dal-Su Based on the novel “Tunnel” by So Jae-Won (2013) Jung-soo, the manager of […]

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