Animation

It’s taking a while to go through the LKFF 2014 programme to prioritise those films which I simply *have* to go to see. So thanks to Frances Yoo from Studio Meditation with a Pencil for alerting me to the title that instantly has gone from “when I get round to it, I’ll look to see […]

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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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Couleur de peau: Miel, aka Approved for Adoption, screens at Leeds Young Film Fest

by Philip Gowman 1 April 2013
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If it wasn’t for the fact that London has a date with Moon So-ri this Thursday, I’d be leaving work early, getting on a train to Leeds and sitting down to watch this film. I do hope it comes to London at some stage. It’s the animated autobiography of a Korean adoptee in Belgium. Korean […]

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King of Pigs at the Genesis Cinema

by Philip Gowman 18 October 2012
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For those who’ve already seen the two Im Kwon-taek films screening on Tuesday 23 October and want to get ahead on their LKFF viewing, Terracotta Touring Festival is showing King of Pigs at Stepney’s Genesis Cinema at 6:45 on 23 Oct. I’ll be there provided I can be sure I’m not going to be seeing […]

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Buckwheat Season to get the Green Days treatment at Busan Film Fest

by Philip Gowman 3 October 2012
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One of Korea’s most famous short stories, Lee Hyo-seok’s Buckwheat Season / When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom (메밀꽃 필 무렵, 1936) is to be brought to the cinema by the creators of Green Days (Korean title 소중한 날의 꿈, 2010). Green Days was LKL’s film of the year 2010 and was the stand-out film at the […]

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Mosaic Films launch their new project: Nothing to Envy – the animation

by Philip Gowman 2 October 2012
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WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE PEOPLE OF NORTH KOREA? An event hosted by Mosaic Films to launch their new project Nothing to Envy Friday, 5 October 2012 from 18:30 to 21:30 (BST) London, United Kingdom We are developing an animated feature film about real lives in North Korea, to be written and directed […]

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Look out for the adult-themed animation The Dearest

by Philip Gowman 9 January 2012
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Korea is really putting its adult themed marks on animations. I’ll be watching out for THE DEAREST (2011) http://t.co/Zf8ES0Tp – says @KoreanFilmBiz

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Thomas the Tank engine wins Korean hearts

by Philip Gowman 17 December 2011
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Thomas the Tank engine is second only to Pororo the Penguin in the hearts of Korean kiddies, according to a survey: http://t.co/BGeJONhD. There’s even an exhibition in Seoul right now.

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Festival Film Review: Leafie, a Hen into the Wild

by Philip Gowman 6 November 2011
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At last year’s LKFF the surprise success was the animation Green Days – which for me was the first Korean animation really to stand comparison with Japan’s Studio Ghibli. This year the story may well be the same, with another animation from a director making his first full-length feature. In a country where animation screenings […]

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Pororo and the Axis of Evil

by Philip Gowman 23 June 2011
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Pororo and the Axis of Evil: the South Korean animation industry outsources work north of the border. And it might get Pororo banned in the US. WSJ and Chosun. #. The creators of Green Days told me no such outsourcing takes place now because of strained North-South relations.

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A last look back at 2010

by Philip Gowman 23 January 2011
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We’ve digested the albums, films, sporting events and books of the year, and reviewed some of the memorable stories of 2010 in our Quiz of the Year. Here are some of the other things we noted in 2010 which didn’t quite make it into any of those articles. 2010: a year of anniversaries It was […]

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Green Days: a charming look at the dreams and uncertainties of youth

by Philip Gowman 15 November 2010
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In the London Korean Film Festival there is always a selection of long and short animations to showcase that part of the Korea motion picture industry which otherwise does not get much screen time. This year, the organisers made a controversial decision: to promote the main animation feature as “a Korean cousin to Studio Ghibli […]

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Banksy’s Simpsons animation sweatshop slur angers Koreans

by Philip Gowman 12 October 2010
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I thought The Simpsons took off Korean “sweatshop” animation studios years ago. Or maybe it was South Park. But I’m pretty sure Banksy’s critique is not original. http://bit.ly/aKj3r9 (Daily Mail article)

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Pucca products bring in the cash

by Philip Gowman 24 March 2010
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Something to get animated about – Pucca, the funky Korean cartoon character, continues to bring in the cash: JoongAng Daily http://bit.ly/dtvYHr #. Products bearing her likeness racked up more than 500 billion won ($441 million) in retail sales from 120 countries worldwide and 15 billion won in royalty fees in 2009 alone. The products range […]

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Thomas the Tank Engine musical tours Korea

by Philip Gowman 23 March 2010
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Thomas the Tank Engine returns to Korea for a stage musical. Thomas & Friends Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes to Town debuted in Korea in 2007, and this year will tour seven Korean cities: Seoul, Suwon, Gwangju, Jeonju, Seongnam, Daegu and Goyang. Source: Korea Times #

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The Korean connection in “Up”

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2010
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You know that tubby kid in Pixar’s animation “Up”? He’s a Korean, modeled after Peter Sohn, a 32-year-old ethnic Korean production artist who has been working with Pixar since 2000. Source: Chosun Ilbo

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100 years of Manhwa at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 16 May 2009
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Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) and Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) UK celebrate the centenary of Korean comics ‘Manhwa’ with a host of interrelated special exhibitions, events and film screenings, 21 May – 24 June 2009. Special Exhibitions Manhwa: A Language of Unlimited Imaginations Manhwa celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2009. This popular art form holds […]

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