Film & TV

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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Event news: Jang Jae-hyun’s The Priests screens at Picturehouse Central

by Philip Gowman 16 May 2016
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The second of the KCCUK’s teaser screenings for the 2016 London Korean Film Festival is on 2 June at Picturehouse Central. The screening also serves as a curtain-raiser for the annual Korean Screen Culture Conference which this year is held at King’s London. The Priests (검은 사제들) + Intro Director: Jang Jae-hyun, South Korea, 2015 […]

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Conference news: 5th Korean Screen Culture Conference

by Philip Gowman 15 May 2016
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The 5th Korean Screen Culture Conference will be held at King College London on 3-4 June. With six sessions each containing two parallel panels there are some tough choices to be made. The provisional programme is shown below – a very full agenda indeed. Updates and further information can be found on the Kings College […]

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Event news: Granny’s Got Talent and C’est Si Bon are May’s screenings at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 10 May 2016
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The KCCUK’s series examining humour in Korean film continues in May with two further screenings: Granny’s Got Talent (헬머니) Director: Shin Han-sol (2014) Cast: Kim Soo-mi, Jung Man-sik, Kim Jeong-tae, Park Jun-geum, Lee Tae-ran 108 mins / Cert. 18 / Eng Subs 12 May, 7pm @KCCUK. Reserve your seat. The TV programme Cursing Battle is […]

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Event news: Sewol families visit UK

by Philip Gowman 8 May 2016
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This coming week brings a chance to meet family members of the Sewol victims: 10 May: A street campaign in front of the National Gallery, 12 noon A panel session at SOAS, 6pm 11 May: A documentary screening and discussion at the Fountain Pub, New Malden (6:30 for 7pm) Meeting with families and lawyers of […]

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Lee Joon-ik’s The Throne: a familiar tale made a believable tragedy

by Philip Gowman 22 April 2016
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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 (사도) – 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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