Film & TV

Colette Balmain’s season of horror movies and thrillers comes to an end on 23 March with Yun Jun-Hyeong’s Fatal Intuition. Colette will be giving an introduction. Fatal Intuition (그 놈이다) Director: Yun Jun-Hyeong, 2015 (109 mins) 23 March 2017, 7pm @KCCUK, Book here Synopsis Jang-woo (Joo Won) lives with his teenager sister, Eun-ji (Ryoo Hye-Young), […]

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Event news: Lee Hyun-ju’s Our Love Story screens at BFI Flare

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2017
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Coming up this week at BFI Flare, London’s LGBT film festival. It is expected that the director will make an appearance at one of the screenings. Our Love Story (연애담) Director Lee Hyun-ju (2016) Producer Kim Bo-ra With Lee Sang-hee, Ryu Sun-young South Korea 99min Friday 17 March 2017 14:00 NFT3 Buy tickets Saturday 18 March […]

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Event news: Zhang Lu’s A Quiet Dream is the first LKFF teaser screening

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2017
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Zhang Lu’s elusive Love And… was the brave choice to close the 2015 London Korean Film Festival. His latest feature is the first of the festival’s 2017 “teaser” screenings. A Quiet Dream (춘몽) Director Zhang Lu, 2016, 101 mins Cast: Han Yeri, Yang Ik-june, Park Jung-bum, Yoon Jong-bin Monday 20 March 2017, 7:30pm Regent Street […]

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Event news: Mourning Grave is the fifth in the K-Horror series

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2017
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The penultimate screening in the current K-Horror season will be introduced by Anton Bitel. Mourning Grave (소녀괴담) Director: Oh In-chun, 2014, 90mins 16 March 2017, 7pm @ KCCUK | Book here The directorial debut of Oh In-chun, Mourning Grave is a contemporary reinvention of the traditional Korean ghost story that is as much a romantic […]

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Free Lunchtime Screening of ‘Kung Fu Grandma’

by Philip Gowman 8 March 2017
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Notice of a free screening of Jeong-One Park’s documentary: Kung Fu Grandma Director / Editor / Cinematographer: Jeong-One Park 27 minutes 15 March at 12:15–13:15 Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square Hosted by Birkbeck International Documentary Society Synopsis Korogocho, Kenya. A slum district of acute poverty and violence. In recent years, the settlement’s older women have […]

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Event news: The Apology screens at Human Rights Watch film festival

by Philip Gowman 6 March 2017
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Human Rights Watch film festival will be screening The Apology, a documentary on the subject of women forced into sexual slavery in WWII. There will be two opportunities to see the film, both followed by a Q+A session with director Tiffany Hsiung. The Apology (2016) UK Premiere, with Q+A with Director Tiffany Hsiung Wednesday 15 […]

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Event news: the omnibus Horror Stories is next in the K-Horror series

by Philip Gowman 6 March 2017
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The next in the KCC’s K-Horror series an the omnibus movie. It will be introduced by Anton Bitel. Horror Stories (무서운 이야기, 2012) Directors: Hong Ji-young, Im Dae-woong, Jeong Beom-sik, Kim Gok, Kim Sun, Min Gyoo-dong Thursday 9 March 2017, 7pm. Reserve your place here. Synopsis The first of three omnibus films featuring some of […]

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Event news: Kim Jee-woon’s Age of Shadows gets UK release

by Philip Gowman 5 March 2017
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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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Event news: A Blood Pledge is the third movie in the KCC’s K-horror series

by Philip Gowman 26 February 2017
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The first two films in the current series of weekly K-horror screenings have been fun and the talks beforehand informative. A Blood Pledge will be introduced by Anton Bitel. A Blood Pledge (여고괴담 5) Director: Lee Jong-yong, 2009, 88 mins 7pm, Thursday 2 March 2017. Admission free – registration essential via the KCC website. Synopsis […]

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Event news: Red Shoes is the second movie in the KCC’s K-horror series

by Philip Gowman 21 February 2017
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The second of six weekly screenings of horror movies and thrillers – a series curated by Collette Balmain – will be introduced by Hangul Celluloid’s Paul Quinn. We are assured that the gremlins that infected the DVD player at last week’s screening have been exorcised. Red Shoes (분홍신) Dir: Kim Yong-gyoon, 2005 (103 mins) 7pm, […]

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2017 KCC film nights kick off with Princess Aurora

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2017
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The 2017 film screenings at the KCC start with a season of horror movies and thrillers curated by Colette Balmain. Princess Aurora (오로라 공주) Dir: Bang Eun-jin, 2005, 106 mins 16 February 2017, 7pm @ KCCUK Book via the KCCUK website The directorial debut of Bang Eun-jin, Princess Aurora is a female take on the […]

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Event news: Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang is screening at Picturehouse Central

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2016
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My heart sank when I heard that someone was turning this eccentric piece of sporting diplomacy into a movie. And now it’s briefly in the cinemas… Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang Director: Colin Offland. 2016. UK/North Korea. 93min Picturehouse Central Sat 31st Dec 16:35 | Sun 1st Jan 16:45 | Thu 5th Jan 15:30 […]

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Festival Film review: Spirit’s Homecoming

by Philip Gowman 27 December 2016
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With the signing of the Comfort Women “deal” between Japan and South Korea in December 2015 – a deal signed without consulting the victims themselves – the issue of the wartime sex slaves once again came to the fore. While the inter-governmental negotiators were reaching the final stages of their deal-making, Cho Jung-rae’s long-term project […]

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Event news: Sewol documentary screening at Birkbeck, 9 Jan

by Philip Gowman 23 December 2016
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A special screening of the newly released documentary film ‘SEWOL’ by Director Ok-Hee Jeong, hosted by the Birkbeck International Documentary Society. Sewol Director and Producer: Ok-Hee Jeong, 2016, 79mins Monday, 9 January 2017 at 18:30–20:30 Room B34 | Birkbeck | University of London | Malet Street | London WC1E 7HX Admission free. No registration required. […]

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Liberation Day gets international premiere at IDFA

by Philip Gowman 24 November 2016
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Morten Traavik, the man who brought us a North Korean accordion quintet covering a Norwegian synthpop track, now gives us a documentary about a Slovenian art-rock band performing versions of songs from The Sound of Music in North Korea. Read a review of the “documentary musical” Liberation Day in the Guardian. More info on Morten […]

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Festival film review: Yourself and Yours

by Robert Cottingham 18 November 2016
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Hong Sang-soo (홍상수) Yourself and Yours (당신 자신과 당신의 것, 2016) Review by Robert Cottingham. You can tell from the opening titles exactly the kind of film this is going to be. Black Korean calligraphy on a white background suggests an intelligent and possibly artistic film and the lively classical music hints at a sophisticated comedy on […]

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BFI Festival Film Review: Na Hong-jin’s The Wailing

by Philip Gowman 16 November 2016
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Na Hong-jin can sure put you through a mental wringer. Mysterious and very bloody murders, extremely nasty skin conditions: who or what is to blame? The choice seems to be between a mind-altering magic mushroom concoction and a strange Japanese guy who lives in the forest, fishing and living off the land. And what of […]

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