Animation

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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London Korean Film Festival 2007 programme announced

by Philip Gowman 11 October 2007

Not to be confused with the excellent range of Korean films on offer at the 51st BFI London Film Festival in late October, this is the second London Korean Film Festival to be organised by the Korean Cultural Centre and the Korean Culture and Content Agency (KOCCA). Last year they sprung it on us at […]

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London Korean Film Festival 2007 programme details

by Philip Gowman 10 October 2007
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Here’s the running order. Some commentary to follow tomorrow. Breath (숨) (12A) (2007) Dir Kim Ki-duk (김기덕) 84 min / Opening Gala Special Preview 19:30 / Introduced by special guest Ambassador Dr. Cho Yoon-Je of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea 2 Nov 07 / 19:30 / Cinema 1 The latest film from the […]

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K-film at the 51st BFI London Film Festival

by Philip Gowman 28 September 2007
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Not to be confused with the Korean Film Festival at the Barbican at the beginning of November (on which more later), the BFI London Film Festival in October has an excellent spread of recent Korean film. The Highlight: Secret Sunshine (Lee Chang-dong, 2007, starring Jeon Do-Yeon, Song Kang-Ho, 142 mins) “A devastating account of a […]

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North Korean animation

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2006

Radio 4’s weekly travel programme, Excess Baggage, had a slot on North Korea on Saturday morning (7 Oct). It was an interview with Guy Delisle, a French animator. Here’s the blurb on the programme from the BBC website North Korea is one of the most secretive countries in the world, with few visitors, especially westerners. […]

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Festival film review: Pororo to the Cookie Castle

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2006
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I thought I ought to see at least one Korean animation as part of the recent film festival, so I took pot luck with the one that best fitted my Saturday schedule and ended up watching Pororo to the Cookie Castle. In the foyer of the Odeon Covent Garden was a 4-foot high penguin, beside […]

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A seriously cool thing about Seoul

by Philip Gowman 23 August 2006

Having made a couple of recent posts about how expensive Seoul is to live, I’d like to balance it with a positive post. Every now and then I see articles about things going on in Seoul which makes me want to be there. And this article in the Chosun is one of them. Robot Taekwon […]

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Korean animation focuses on remakes

by Philip Gowman 12 April 2006

Wouldn’t it be great if the Korean animation industry could come up with something better than My Beautiful Girl Mari or Wonderful Days / Sky Blue? Something to rival Miyazaki. There’s obviously a wealth of creative talent in the Korean film industry, but that creativity has never seemed to extend to truly great animated features. […]

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