Film & TV

The first of the KCCUK’s “Teaser Screenings” for the London Korean Film Festival 2016 took place on Monday in the presence of Director Lee Joon-ik and the recently-arrived Korean ambassador. The chosen film was The Throne (장조) – a movie which was #5 in the 2015 Korean box office and deals with an incident in […]

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Last Thursday’s screening at the KCC – Sunny – was an unexpected delight

by Philip Gowman 16 April 2016
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Unexpectedly, I really enjoyed Kang Hyeong-cheol’s Sunny at the KCC this week. I shan’t bore you with the details – Paul Quinn has articulated it on Hangul Celluloid much better than I could. Based on the trailers I had been kind of expecting a bit of an offbeat teen comedy. When it featured in the […]

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Event news: “Cruel State” documentary screening and 2nd anniversary Sewol Silent Protest

by Philip Gowman 12 April 2016
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As we reach the second anniversary of the Sewol sinking, two special events are planned in London. First, the monthly Sewol Stay Put silent protest will be in Trafalgar Square on 16 April in front of the National Gallery, 2pm – 4pm. Later that afternoon will be a free screening of Cruel State (나쁜나라) at […]

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Event news: Sunny and Barking Dogs are April’s KCC screenings

by Philip Gowman 10 April 2016
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The KCCUK’s series of screenings featuring different aspects of Korean humour continues this month with Sunny and probably my favourite Bong Joon-ho movie. Will we come face to face with the mysterious Boiler Kim? The screening on 14 April will include an introductory talk by Jinhee Choi, starting at 7pm. Note also the additional screenings […]

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Event news: Lee Joon-ik’s The Throne screens at Regent St Cinema

by Philip Gowman 20 March 2016
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Returning to the period movie genre that made him famous, Lee Joon-ik’s 2014 The Throne explores the life and death of Crown Prince Sado. As homework, you are strongly encouraged to read the memoirs of Sado’s wife, Lady Hyegyong, failing which Margaret Drabble’s The Red Queen, for a version of his life with which to […]

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Event news: ARTTALK – Filmic Dialogue with Yunjoo Kwak and Igor Sevcuk

by Philip Gowman 18 March 2016
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Continuing the ARTTALK series, this one focuses on experimental film. ARTTALK: Filmic Dialogue with Yunjoo Kwak and Igor Sevcuk, moderated by The Otolith Collective Monday 4 April from 6.30pm to 8.00pm Korean Cultural Centre UK | Grand Buildings | 1–3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW Main Entrance on Northumberland Avenue Registration required via info@kccuk.org.uk Now […]

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Kim Kulim in London: 4’33” and the meaning of 1/24”

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2016
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One of the highlights of the two-day focus on Korean artist films at Tate Modern was the opportunity to meet veteran avant-garde artist Kim Kulim. Kim was a leading experimental artist who first achieved prominence in the 1960s, exploring new frontiers such as performance, mail art and land art as well as experimental film. “I do […]

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Event news: I am Sun Mu screens at Human Rights Watch Film Fest

by Philip Gowman 9 March 2016
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The documentary about the North Korean defector artist known as Sun Mu gets two screenings as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. LKL’s review from last Autumn’s Raindance is here. I am Sun Mu Director: Adam Sjöberg Year: 2015 / 80m Language(s): English, Chinese, Korean March 13, 2016 5:30 PM @ Ritzy Brixton […]

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Event news: two screenings featuring Lee Mi-sook in March

by Philip Gowman 29 February 2016
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The KCCUK’s season of films illustrating different aspects of Korean humour continues with two films starring Lee Mi-sook. A nice 10th birthday present. Lee Mi-sook month The Actresses South Korea, 2009 Director: E J-yong Cast: Yoon Yeo-jeong, Lee Mi-sook, Ko Hyun-jeong, Choi Ji-woo, Kim Min-hee 104 mins | Cert. 12 | Eng Subs 17 March, […]

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Event news: The Pirates screens at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 13 February 2016
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The third screening of the year at the KCC. It would be rude to miss this one. The Pirates (해적: 바다로 간 산적) Dir Lee Seok Hoon (2014) 130 mins 25 February 2016, 7pm Register on the KCC website Just 15 days after the founding of the Kingdom of Joseon, an ambassadorial ship is carrying […]

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Call for Papers: 2016 Korean Screen Culture Conference

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2016
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After a year in Copenhagen the annual conference on Korean Screen Culture will be in King’s London this year. The Call for Papers was recently issued: Call for Papers: The 5th Conference on Korean Screen Culture Department of Film Studies King’s College London, UK June 3rd-4th 2016 Following successful conferences on Korean Screen Culture held […]

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Event news: A Hard Day screens at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 30 January 2016
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The KCCUK’s second screening of the year is A Hard Day. You’ll come out feeling exhausted, but it’s a great ride. We loved it. A Hard Day (끝까지 간다) Dir Kim Seong-hun, 2013, 111 mins 11 February, 2016 at 7pm, KCCUK Registration required via the KCC website On the way back from his mother’s funeral, […]

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Event news: Benson Lee’s Seoul Searching to screen at Asia House film fest

by Philip Gowman 25 January 2016
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It’s good that we’re finally getting a chance to see Seoul Searching in London. The Asia House Film Festival presents its European premiere. Earlier in the festival is the UK premiere of the documentary State of Play. Seoul Searching Dir: Benson Lee, USA / South Korea / China, 2015) 105 minutes, European premiere Time: February […]

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Event news: State of Play, a documentary on pro-gamers, to screen at Asia House film fest

by Philip Gowman 25 January 2016
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Asia House has published the programme for its 2016 film festival. Two films will be of interest to Korea specialists. Steven Dhoedt’s documentary on the world of professional computer gamers, and Benson Lee’s comedy Seoul Searching. State of Play Dir Steven Dhoedt, Belgium / South Korea, 2013 85 minutes, UK premiere Time: Tuesday, 23 February […]

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Event news: two screenings of Hong Sang-soo’s In Another Country

by Philip Gowman 20 January 2016
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This year’s series of screenings at the KCC is on the theme ‘Ha Ha Ha – Translating Korean Humour’ The first screening is on 28 January. As always, registration is required via the KCC website. You can also catch it at the Royal College of Art in Battersea on 26 Jan (where admission is free […]

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A look back at the films and music of 2015

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2016
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In the second of two articles (the first looked at the world of books) we look at some of the releases of 2015 that caught our eye. Film Two Kickstarter-funded films to which LKL contributed came to fruition: Twinsters, the story of twin sisters adopted in different continents who discover each other through Facebook; and […]

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Film review: Perfect Proposal

by Philip Gowman 16 December 2015
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Ji-yeon, a penniless bar girl in Macao in debt to some loan sharks is given the opportunity of a new life if she manages to get a super-rich tycoon to marry her. In league with the tycoon’s estranged son, it seems that with her natural charms and honesty she will win the cantankerous and eccentric […]

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