Film & TV

The upcoming week of Korean drama promoted by the KCC is your opportunity to sample three dramas or to binge-watch a complete series. Separately there’s a chance to see a feature-length theatrical screening of IRIS, but here are the details of the screenings of episodes from the TV dramas, which will be held at the […]

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Fashion icon Nora Noh honoured in art and film

by Philip Gowman 15 September 2014
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LKL looks at two works devoted the life and work of Nora Noh: A documentary by Kim Sung-hee (Nora Noh, 2013, South Korea, colour, DCP, 93′) and An installation by Cho Duck-hyun (The Nora Collection, 2008, Graphite and charcoal on canvases, frames, wall papers, dimensions variable) To the current generation of Koreans, two names that […]

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A special Oldboy screening with live music and Q&A

by Philip Gowman 10 September 2014
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When did you last see Oldboy on the big screen? In fact, have you ever seen it on the big screen? Come to think of it, I’m not sure if I have myself. Like many, I’ve got the DVD, and sometimes watch it when it’s screened on Film 4, and of course many of the […]

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IRIS – the movie – screens as part of K-Drama week on 24 Sept

by Philip Gowman 10 September 2014
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IRIS is one of those Korean TV dramas that I’ve secretly been wanting to watch for a while. But as with any TV series, the time available never matches the time required. So to have the series distilled down into a feature-length film is a perfect solution for me. All the stars, presumably most of […]

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K-Drama Week: Global Korean Wave Seminar, 23 September at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 10 September 2014
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Here are details of the talk by IRIS director Yang Yun-ho as part of the KCC’s K-Drama week. An opportunity not to be missed. It’s good that the Khalili Lecture Theatre has been booked for this. The normal room for SOAS’s evening seminars was uncomfortably full at the last K-Drama talk (by Winter Sonata director […]

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Korean Drama week: seminars, screenings and more

by Philip Gowman 10 September 2014
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An exciting few days are coming up focusing on one of Korea’s most popular cultural exports. I’m particularly looking forward to the screening of the film version of IRIS. As for most KCC-sponsored events, pre-registration is required via info@kccuk.org.uk Tuesday 23 September SOAS London University 17:30-19:30 Global Korean Wave Seminar Seminar about Korean Dramas by […]

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Korean films at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival

by Philip Gowman 3 September 2014
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There’s rather a good haul of Korean movies at the BFI London Film Festival this year, including a Hong Sang-soo which looks a little different from the usual, a treat for fans of the remarkable Bae Doona, a charming animation and a “tense, kinetic and darkly funny neo-noir”. Tickets go on sale on 18 September. […]

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Now, what’s that book by Salman Rushdie called?

by Philip Gowman 2 September 2014
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North Korea’s rant about Channel 4’s planned TV series has now been translated into English on the KCNA Japanese website. Like most of their rants, it’s entertaining in small doses. I’ve often wondered why they invest in a translator that is only semi-competent. Here’s a select quote from the press release: The British authorities should […]

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Those Norks really are very sensitive…

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2014
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21 August 2014: “Channel 4 green lights North Korean political thriller Opposite Number.” On a covert mission in North Korea, the world’s most secretive nation, a British nuclear scientist is taken prisoner, triggering an international crisis which itself must be kept secret. Realizing their man could be forced to help North Korea finally weaponize its […]

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Im Kwon-taek: In search of perfection

by Philip Gowman 5 August 2014
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As the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon approach, LKL is finally spurred to write up some archive notes of interviews and Q&A’s with the director of their Opening Ceremony… “Why are you torturing me?” was Im Kwon-taek’s heartfelt cry when attending a screening of one of his films from the 1960s at a 70-film retrospective […]

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The Doctor Who roadshow comes to Seoul

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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In connection with a publicity screening of episode 1 of series 8 in Seoul on 9 August, the Beeb is running a little promotional campaign involving the Tardis. Here’s a sample of the photos from the hashtag #tardisinseoul. You can also try the hashtag #타디스인서울 or #닥터후. Download your own tardis here to cut out […]

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The Kimchi Slap (in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere)

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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Here’s the full clip from the MBC TV Drama Everybody, Kimchi. The incident in question is at 1’30″: If you’re happy with .gifs, here’s the cut-down version. I wonder how many shirts were ruined rehearsing this scene…

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Film Screenings and an artist talk linked to the current KCC exhibition

by Philip Gowman 12 July 2014
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Supporting the current exhibition Measuring Inventing Temperature at the KCC, there will be two imaginative film screenings this month. The second of the screenings will be preceded by an artist talk with the Cambridge philosopher, Hasok Chang, who inspired the exhibition. Note that the screenings start at 7:30 rather than the more usual 7:00. Special […]

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Brief film review: The Contact (Jang Yoon-hyeon, 1997)

by Philip Gowman 11 July 2014
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Synopsis: Dong-hyun (Han Suk-gyu), a radio DJ, has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. Lovelorn and scorned his mood is lifted when he receives a copy of a vinyl Velvet Underground LP thinking that it is a gift from his ex. Since it holds a special meaning for his demised relationship, he plays Pale Blue […]

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Cho Young-wuk is the third of the KCC’s film professionals

by Philip Gowman 10 July 2014
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The Year of the Film Professionals turns to focus on music director Jo Young-wook / Cho Young-wuk, who according to Hancinema has a pretty impressive roster of films to his credit. Here’s the schedule for the quarter. Registration as always is required via the KCCUK website. The Contact (접속) Director: Jang Yoon-hyun (1997) Cast: Han […]

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The Contact – the first of the films featuring composer Cho Young-wuk

by Philip Gowman 29 June 2014
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The Year of the Film Professionals moves on to focus on composer Cho Young-wuk. The first film to be shown, The Contact (Chang Yoon-Hyun 1997), has been on my watchlist for a while, so I’ll be sure to be there: Jeon Do-yeon’s first feature, with a youthful Han Suk-kyu. The Contact (접속) Jang Yoon-hyeon, 1997 […]

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Non-Fiction Diary to screen at East End Film Fest

by Philip Gowman 13 June 2014
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The award-winning Korean documentary Non-Fiction Diary is screening at the East End Film Festival at the Barbican on 15 June, with Q&A: Non-Fiction Diary (Jung Yoon-suk, 2013) + Q&A with director Jung Yoon-suk and Cinematographer Heo Chul-nyung East End Film Festival, 4pm, 15 June, The Barbican  An exploration of the traumatic events that shook Korea in […]

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