Film & TV

There is a screening, book release and artist talk today featuring Yeon Lee’s Running Stage: Yeon Lee: Running Stage 7pm, Friday 18 August 2017 Coldharbour Studios | 26-34 Southwell Road | London SE5 9PG Curated by Eunice Yoo of I-MYU Projects. While collecting and repeating countless stories about memories, I wanted to experience the dynamics […]

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Kim Jong-nam assassination examined in BBC documentary

by Philip Gowman 13 August 2017
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Tonight’s documentary on the assassination of Kim Jong-nam is well worth a watch. In its 59 minutes there was hardly any padding and I didn’t notice any of the usual platitudes. It was full of content, and while I would have liked a bit more time on the China angle, that would have pushed it […]

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Battleship Island gets a UK release

by Events Editor 9 August 2017
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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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6th LKFF 2017 Teaser: Jang Hoon’s Taxi Driver

by Events Editor 23 July 2017
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How did we manage to squeeze in six teasers this year? Anyway, the latest is possibly one of the most anticipated Korean movies of the year so far. Here’s hoping it lives up to expectation. Taxi Driver (택시 운전사) Director: Jang Hoon, 2017, 137mins Cast: Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hai-jin, Ryu Jun-yeol UK Premiere […]

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Event news: the final three screenings in the Unwrapping My Korean Cinema series

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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The second half of the “Patchworks: Unwrapping My Korean Cinema” season of screenings focuses on youth film and in particular the impact that the Ha Gil-jong movie The March of Fools had on film-maker Kim Hong-joon. Kim will be there for a Q+A after his La Vie en Rose, and he will also be giving […]

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An introduction to the July / August season of films at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 15 July 2017
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Kim Hong-joon’s My Korean Cinema, which screened as part of the documentary strand of the 2016 London Korean Film Festival, provides the inspiration and structure for the July / August season of films at the KCC, curated by students from the MA Film Programming and Curating course at Birkbeck. They provide the background below: Patchworks […]

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Event news: The Knitting Club screens at the KCC, 3 August

by Events Editor 15 July 2017
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The third in the current season of film screenings at the KCC is a 2016 documentary that presents Korean women as everything from victims of circumstance through to creators of their own destiny. The Knitting Club (야근 대신 뜨개질) Director: Park So-hyun (2016) 98 mins Event Date: 3 August, 7:00pm Location: KCCUK Booking: Free admission, […]

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Film review: Hur Jin-ho’s Season of Good Rain

by Philip Gowman 12 July 2017
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How reassuring it is, after the disappointment that was Bong Joon-ho’s Okja, to find that there are still directors out there who can serve up what you expect. Maybe that’s a bad thing: maybe you need to be surprised every now and then. On the other hand, there’s no shame in wanting a dose of […]

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Film review: Okja — It’s really rather disappointing

by Philip Gowman 7 July 2017
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“Our super-pigs will not only be big and beautiful; they will also leave a minimal footprint on the environment, consume less feed, and produce less [sic] excretions.” Don’t you just hate it when you’re really looking forward to a movie, really hoping and expecting to enjoy it, and it turns out to be a big […]

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Event news: Women Now — a night of short movies at the KCC

by Events Editor 30 June 2017
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The second event in the KCC’s “Patchworks: Unwrapping My Korean Cinema” season is an evening of short films: Shorts Night: Women Now Directors: Yann Kerloc’h | Minha Kim | Yun Joo Chang | Bang Woo-ri | Lee Su-jin | Nils Clauss Running Time: 88 mins / Eng Subs 27 July, 7:00pm Location: KCCUK Booking: Free […]

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Event news: Shin Sang-ok’s It’s not her sin screens at the KCC

by Events Editor 30 June 2017
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The first movie in the KCC’s new “Patchworks: Unwrapping My Korean Cinema” season is a classic Shin Sang-ok film from 1959: It’s not her sin (그 여자의 죄가 아니다) Director: Shin Sang-ok (1959) 104 mins Event Date: 20 July, 7:00pm Location: KCCUK Booking: Free admission, booking essential. To reserve your place, please RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk […]

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Okja to screen in London cinema for 2 days

by Events Editor 23 June 2017
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So the rumours were true. Okja will be screened at a Curzon cinema, but unless you are a night owl or don’t have a daytime job you will have to take out a Netflix subscription and watch it on your TV. Okja Director: Bong Joon Ho Length: 131 min Cast: Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, An Seo […]

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5th LKFF 2017 Teaser: Lee Soo-yeon’s Bluebeard

by Events Editor 19 June 2017
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The next teaser for the London Korean Film Festival is a psychological thriller set in Hwaseong, site of a real-life string of serial killings from 1986 to 1991: Bluebeard (해빙) Director: Lee Soo-yeon, 2017, 117 mins Regent Street Cinema, 10 July 2017, 7:30pm Book tickets: www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/bluebeard/ South Korea has become known for its gripping thrillers featuring […]

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Event news: the 4th LKFF Teaser is Han Jae-rim’s The King

by Events Editor 28 May 2017
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After the gentle comedy that was Queen of Walking, it looks like the tempo will be picked up with the fourth LKFF teaser screening. Shame that it clashes with the conversation with Mike Breen about his new book… The King (더 킹) Director: Han Jae-rim (2016, 134 mins) Starring: Cho In-sung, Jung Woo-sung, Bae Seong-woo, […]

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Documentary screening: My Brothers and Sisters in the North

by Events Editor 13 May 2017
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I was unable to post about this earlier as I was travelling in Korea, but this documentary made by a South Korean / German film-maker is still screening near Russell Square, until 17 May: My Brothers and Sisters in the North Dir: Sung-Hyung Cho Germany / 2016 / 109min Bertha DocHouse Screen | Curzon Bloomsbury | The […]

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Event news: Baek Seung-hwa’s Queen of Walking is the 3rd LKFF Teaser

by Events Editor 30 April 2017
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The LKFF Teasers this year are showing the wide range of film genres in contemporary Korean cinema. This month, a comedy. Queen of Walking (걷기왕) Director: Baek Seung-Hwa Cast: Shim Eun-Kyung, Park Joo-Hee 2016, 93 mins 7pm, Monday 22 May, Regent Street Cinema | Book here Hailed as one of the funniest Korean comedies of […]

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Event news: Short films by UK based Korean directors

by Events Editor 23 April 2017
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All sorts of good things seem to happen at the Deptford Cinema. Don’t forget the screening of the Sewol documentary on Tuesday and The Journals of Musan on Wednesday, but tomorrow night, there’s this: Short films by UK based Korean directors Deptford Cinema | 39 Deptford Broadway | London SE8 4PQ | deptfordcinema.org Monday, April 24, 2017, […]

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