Film & TV

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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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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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) Chang Yoon-Hyun, 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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Korean Screen Culture Conference 2014: draft programme

by Philip Gowman 1 June 2014
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With thanks to Dr Chi-Yun Shin, here is the provisional programme for the Korean Screen Culture Conference at Sheffield Hallam University on 13-14 June 2014. This follows the two successful conferences at SOAS in 2012 and 2013. Go up there early and catch Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 (June 7-12). The Conference is at SHU’s City Campus […]

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Korean Film at the 2014 Terracotta Festival

by Philip Gowman 25 May 2014
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I realise I’m a bit late posting this: I see from my traffic statistics that people are googling for this year’s Korean offerings, only to come up with my posts from prior years. So here are the three Korean films at the Terracotta Far East Film Festival this year, all of them very appealing in […]

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East Asian Screen Studies Symposium at Kings College London

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2014
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Coinciding with the Chinese Visual Festival 2014, an interesting screen studies symposium is coming our way: East Asian Screen Studies Symposium King’s College London, 16 May 2014 You are invited to register for a free one-day symposium on East Asian Screen Studies at King’s College, London on the 16th May. As you can see below […]

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Antarctic Journal: a promising start, a confusing end, and a film to be avoided

by Philip Gowman 27 April 2014
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Antarctic Journal (Im Pil-seong, 2004) screened at the KCC on 24 April as part of the Year of the Film Professionals. The second professional to be so featured was cinematographer Chung Chung-hoon, who gives Park Chan-wook movies their distinctive look. Antarctic Journal is one of Chung’s rare films with another director. Given the poor reviews […]

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Chung Chung-hoon is the second of the KCC’s film professionals

by Philip Gowman 9 April 2014
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News of season 2 of the KCC’s “Year of the Film Professionals”. This quarter we are focusing on cinematographer Chung Chung Hoon, who is associated with, or indeed created, Park Chan-wook’s visual style. Note that the Q&A is mid-season, at the end of May. Here are the screenings: Thursday 10 Apr 7pm: Sympathy for Lady […]

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The Hairy Bikers come to Korea

by Philip Gowman 17 March 2014
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Coming up this Thursday (20 March) on BBC2 at 8pm, the Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure finally brings them to Seoul. It will be on iPlayer thereafter, but I suspect viewers overseas may need one of those browser plugins which fool websites into thinking you’re logged in from a different country. The Bikers’ programmes are always […]

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LBF event 1 Apr: Books on Screen — Moss

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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The fourth of the KCC’s Korean Literature on Screen events. LKL’s review of the film can be found here. As usual, pre-registration is required via the KCC website. Moss 이끼, Kang Woo-suk, 2010 Tuesday 1 April 7pm, KCCUK Running time 163 mins Adapted from a popular internet cartoon, Ryu Hae-guk investigates the mysterious death of […]

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LBF event 25 Mar: Books on Screen — Leafie, a Hen into the Wild

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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The fourth of the KCC’s Korean Literature on Screen events. The Hwang Sun-mi story on which it is based has been recently published in translation. Follow the links to LKL’s review of the novel and the film. As usual, pre-registration is required via the KCC website. Leafie, a Hen into the Wild 마당을 나온 암탉, […]

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LBF event 18 Mar: Books on Screen — the Scarlet Letter

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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The third of the KCC’s Korean Literature on Screen events. The film is based on two Kim Young-ha’s novellas: The Photo Shop Murder (available in translation from Jimoondang) and Meditation on Mirror, which to my knowledge (and the author’s knowledge as of two years ago when I last spoke to him on the subject) has […]

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LBF event 11 Mar: Books on Screen — Portrait of the Days of Youth

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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The second of the KCC’s Korean Literature on Screen events. The Yi Mun-yol story on which it is based is not yet available in translation. As usual, pre-registration is required via the KCC website. Portrait of the Days of Youth 젊은날의 초상, Kwak Ji-kyoon, 1990 11 March 7pm, KCCUK Running time 148 minutes A university […]

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LBF event 4 Mar: Books on Screen — The Road to Sampo

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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The first of the KCC’s Korean Literature on Screen events. The Hwang Sok-yong short story on which it is based is pretty hard to find in translation. It’s part of a collection published by Heinemann Asia in the 1980s, logged on Brother Anthony’s site here, and available on Amazon for the princely sum of £112.14. […]

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Love, Korean Style! Drama and the Korean Wave

by Philip Gowman 24 February 2014
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An addition to the Spring term series of seminars at SOAS, given by the director of Winter Sonata and other famous TV drama series. Love, Korean Style! Drama and the Korean Wave Director Yun Seokho (Winter Sonata & SOAS Visiting Scholar) Date: 7 March 2014, 5:15 – 7:00 PM Venue: Russell Square, College Buildings Room […]

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