Film & TV

The two final screenings at the KCC before we get to the London Korean Film Festival bring to an end the season of movies which look at Korean humour. Cyrano Agency (시라노;연애조작단) Director: Kim Hyeon-seok, 2010, 117 mins Cast: Uhm Tae-woong, Lee Min-jung, Park Shin-hye, Daniel Choi 13 Oct 16 7:00 pm Named after the well-known French drama Cyrano […]

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A look at the 2016 London Korean Film Festival programme

by Philip Gowman 23 September 2016
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Oooh oooh oooh my favourite film of 2012, and in a shortlist for my film of the decade is being screened again. I thought it would never find its way back into a London theatre and that I’d never have the pleasure of seeing it again, because it’s not the sort of movie that they’re […]

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Festival news: the first edition of LEAFF announces its programme

by Philip Gowman 22 September 2016
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The London East Asia Film Festival announced the full programme of its first full “edition” this week, and there is a very strong Korean selection. As already announced, there will be a retrospective of one of Korea’s best known directors, Park Chan-wook, along with a screening of his most recent movie. In addition, there are […]

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Event news: The Lovers and the Despot comes online and to theatres 23 Sept

by Philip Gowman 11 September 2016
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It’s been very tantalising knowing that this film has been in the making. LKL met with the directors of this project back in early 2012 and made a few introductions which may or may not have been of assistance. It sounded like an interesting angle on a familiar topic – the sojourn of Shin Sang-ok […]

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Film review: Tunnel – will it be a hit outside Korea?

by Philip Gowman 4 September 2016
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Tunnel (dir: Kim Sung-hoon, whose Hard Day put him on the map) has been topping the Korean box office since it was released less than four weeks ago, and amazingly now has a one-week release in the UK, until 8 September. What has contributed to its popularity in Korea? And could it attain the same […]

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Event news: Park Chan-wook retrospective @LEAFF 2016

by Philip Gowman 4 September 2016
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The London East Asia Film Festival, in its first full outing (20-30 October), hosts a Park Chan-wook retrospective, including a screening of his 2016 movie Handmaiden. The director will be present for that screening, and to introduce a remastering of his Lady Vengeance. It’s nice that a few of his shorts will be screened as […]

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Korean films at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

by Philip Gowman 3 September 2016
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If I were to draw up a list of feature films that I simply *had* to see this year, the following three would be on it. Thanks to the BFI selectors for securing them for the festival. There’s also a short film showing. Text below is from the BFI website. Tickets go on sale to […]

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Film news: Tunnel gets a lightning-quick UK release

by Philip Gowman 3 September 2016
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So unusual that a movie that was topping the Korean box office less than a month ago (and still is) gets a theatrical release in the UK. Tunnel (터널) Director: Kim Seong-Hun, 2016, 127 minutes Cast: Ha Jung-Woo, Doona Bae, Oh Dal-Su Based on the novel “Tunnel” by So Jae-Won (2013) Jung-soo, the manager of […]

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Event news: Saving My Hubby and Scandal Makers are September’s screenings at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 27 August 2016
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September’s screenings in the ongoing series Ha Ha Ha – Translating Korean Humour are set out below. Saving My Hubby has the added attraction of an introduction by Paul Quinn of Hangul Celluloid. Saving My Hubby (굳세어라 금순아) Director: Hyeon Nam-seop, 2002, 92 mins Cast: Bae Doo-na, Kim Tae-woo 15 Sep 16 7:00 pm Geum-soon (Bae […]

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Event news: Save the Green Planet and No. 3 are August’s films at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 1 August 2016
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August’s screenings at the KCC include two of LKL’s favourites: Save the Green Planet – one of our top 10 films of the noughties – and No. 3, an early gangster comedy with early appearances from a couple of big stars. Save the Green Planet (지구를 지켜라!) Director: Jang Joon-hwan, 2003, 118 mins Cast: Shin Ha-kyun, […]

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Event news: 2 K-horror hits at Frightfest

by Philip Gowman 31 July 2016
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London’s Frightfest, which takes place over the August bank holiday weekend, has two Korean horror movies including this summer’s smash hit Train to Busan. The venue is Vue Cinema Shepherds Bush | West 12 Shopping Centre | Shepherd’s Bush Green | London W12 8PP. Train to Busan (부산행) Director: Yeon Sang-Ho, 2016, 118mins Monday 29 […]

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In-Sook Chappell’s short film is being crowdfunded – please support it

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2016
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Back in April this year, we posted an advertisement seeking an actor for an upcoming short film about a young North Korean girl living in Britain. That role, Mi Young, has now been filled – and she could almost have been born to take the role. Writer and director In-sook Chappell commented: “After meeting Mi […]

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Event news: Lee Seok-hoon’s Himalaya screens at Regent Street Cinema

by Philip Gowman 19 July 2016
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The third of the KCCUK’s teaser screenings for the 2016 London Korean Film Festival is on 4 August at the Regent Street Cinema. Its star Hwang Jung-min told audiences at last year’s film festival that Himalaya had been the most exhausting film he had worked on. Find out why by watching it. The Himalayas (히말라야) […]

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Event news: My Teacher, Mr. Kim and King of Jokgu are July’s films at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 11 July 2016
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July brings another opportunity to see The King of Jokgu, which screened at the London Korean Film Festival in 2014. I’m not sure we’ve had a chance to see My Teacher Mr Kim before, but 2003 was a good year for Korean movies. Reservations as usual via the KCC website. My Teacher, Mr. Kim (선생 […]

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Ryu Seonghie featured in the JoongAng Daily

by Philip Gowman 18 June 2016
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Readers may remember back to 2014 when the KCC had its Year of the Film Professionals. The final professional to be featured was production designer Ryu Seonghie, who has worked on many of the most distinctive Korean movies of the 21st century. Her most recent success is Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden, for which she won the Vulcan Award […]

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Event news: HaHaHa and Singles are June’s screenings at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 13 June 2016
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June’s screenings at the KCC are HaHaHa, one of Hong Sang-soo’s most approachable films (LKL review here), and Singles, a film which Anthony Leong describes as “a breezy concoction brimming with wit and charisma that entertains without relying on dumbed down comedy or exaggerated theatrics.” A good month then. Reservations as usual via the KCC […]

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The Priests – another excellent LKFF16 teaser

by Philip Gowman 3 June 2016
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The second of the KCC’s “teaser screenings” for the 2016 London Korean Film Festival, which screened last night at the Picturehouse Central, was another hit. Let’s hope they keep this up. Jang Jae-hyun’s The Priests was a hugely fun (and suspense-filled) exorcism movie, and an impressive full-length debut for the director. It will win new […]

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