Film & TV

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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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The Korean Novels on Screen Programme at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 17 February 2014
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The KCC, in conjunction with the British Council, has announced its programme of films inspired by Korean literature. Two and a half of the films have their original stories available in English translation. The ones available in English are The Road to Sampo and Leafie. The half-film is The Scarlet Letter, which is based both […]

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“Korean” film at the Asia House Pan-Asia Film Festival

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2014
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The Asia House Pan Asia Film Festival launches on 26 February. In its sixth year, it has an exciting line-up which includes 7 UK premieres. While a cursory look at the schedule reveals little of Korean interest, scratch the surface and you will see more. The opening gala, a Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, […]

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BBC Panorama on Pyongyang University of Science & Technology

by Philip Gowman 3 February 2014
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Tonight’s BBC documentary on PUST is already generating column inches. The Independent calls the university, which is backed by South Korean and US charities, a “Trojan Horse”, though some regard such language as unhelpful. A long trailer article for the programme is now up on the BBC website. After its 8:30pm screening tonight it will […]

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Twinsters featured in Metro

by Philip Gowman 2 February 2014
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The heartwarming story of two identical twins from Busan being adopted and brought up in separate continents made it into London freesheet the Metro yesterday. Samantha and Anais, having successfully raised $30,000 for phase 1 of an autobiographical documentary project on Kickstarter, are now looking to raise $80,000 for post-production. They are over a quarter […]

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Screen writer Park Hoon-jung the first focus of the KCC’s 2014 film programme

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2014
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Having focused on actors and directors in their screenings in the last two years, the KCC this year shifts to looking at other members of the production team – music directors, cinematographers, production designers and the like. Appropriately, in the run-up to the London Book Fair in April, the first profession to get the spotlight […]

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For the easy solution to watching K-drama in the UK, here’s your answer

by Philip Gowman 29 January 2014
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All you folks who have been wondering how to watch Korean TV dramas in the UK without installing some unsightly satellite dish which makes it look as if your house is inhabited either by a spy or a sporting nutcase, here’s your answer: DramaFever is about to launch here, cannily stealing a march on EastAsiaTV, […]

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One Fine Day: Short Film & Discussion of Korean Media Art in London

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2014
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This coming Friday’s evening seminar at SOAS takes the form of a short film screening followed by Q&A. Well worth the time. One Fine Day Korean Short Film and Media Art in London Ingeun Kim (Director, Royal College of Art) / Sukho Yun (Director of Winter Sonata) 24 January 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G50, […]

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BBC cover North Korean cinema

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2014
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There’s a good article on North Korean cinema posted yesterday by Helier Cheung on to the BBC website: Ten things: North Korea’s film industry. The article draws on the work of Johannes Schönherr and on Lynn Lee and James Leong’s documentary The Great North Korean Picture Show which screened in Bermondsey a couple of months ago. […]

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Festival Film Review: Behind the Camera — the Q&A of the feature of the documentary of the making of the …

by Philip Gowman 14 December 2013
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British cinema-goers are used to a short commercial before the main feature in which a film director is pitching his latest movie idea to some corporate suits whose only interest is that the film should promote a certain mobile phone network at every opportunity. So it’s not such a strange idea that a well-known Korean […]

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