Documentaries

Eighteen months ago there was a screening of this documentary about the 4:3 incident also known as the Jeju Massacre. There’s now an opportunity to see it again at a deli in Deptford on 27 April as part of the Free Film Festival. Free event. No ticket required, but capacity is only 40 so get […]

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Screening: Diving Bell / The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol

by Philip Gowman 31 March 2015
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The controversial film that has been causing all the recent trouble at the Busan film festival is getting a welcome screening in London. It’s the same night as the screening of Hong Sang-soo’s first movie around the corner at the KCC, but you can catch that on DVD another time. And the 16th happens to […]

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Festival film review: Manshin – Ten Thousand Spirits

by Philip Gowman 26 January 2015
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What is it that makes Park Chan-kyong’s biopic of Korea’s national shaman so compelling on so many levels? Right from the start, the narrative grips you. We meet Kim Geum-hwa, the subject of the movie, praying for the success of the film. She also prays for the health of the film crew, and asks the […]

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Park Chan-kyong at Iniva – worth an investment of time

by Philip Gowman 15 January 2015
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If you go along to Park Chan-kyong’s solo show at Iniva, make sure you set aside enough time – at least a couple of hours. And those of you who went to his talk at the Korean Cultural Centre in November last year will wish you had been better prepared on what he was going to […]

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Festival film review: Bitter, Sweet, Seoul

by Philip Gowman 16 November 2014
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Bitter, Sweet, Seoul is an ambitious crowd-sourced project in which people from around the world were invited by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to submit videos which would be made into feature length film. Directors (and brothers) Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong (collectively PARKing CHANce) were commissioned to organise the submissions, attracted to the project by […]

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Fashion icon Nora Noh honoured in art and film

by Philip Gowman 15 September 2014
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LKL looks at two works devoted the life and work of Nora Noh: A documentary by Kim Sung-hee (Nora Noh, 2013, South Korea, colour, DCP, 93′) and An installation by Cho Duck-hyun (The Nora Collection, 2008, Graphite and charcoal on canvases, frames, wall papers, dimensions variable) To the current generation of Koreans, two names that […]

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Non-Fiction Diary to screen at East End Film Fest

by Philip Gowman 13 June 2014
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The award-winning Korean documentary Non-Fiction Diary is screening at the East End Film Festival at the Barbican on 15 June, with Q&A: Non-Fiction Diary (Jung Yoon-suk, 2013) + Q&A with director Jung Yoon-suk and Cinematographer Heo Chul-nyung East End Film Festival, 4pm, 15 June, The Barbican  An exploration of the traumatic events that shook Korea in […]

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BBC Panorama on Pyongyang University of Science & Technology

by Philip Gowman 3 February 2014
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Tonight’s BBC documentary on PUST is already generating column inches. The Independent calls the university, which is backed by South Korean and US charities, a “Trojan Horse”, though some regard such language as unhelpful. A long trailer article for the programme is now up on the BBC website. After its 8:30pm screening tonight it will […]

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Twinsters featured in Metro

by Philip Gowman 2 February 2014
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The heartwarming story of two identical twins from Busan being adopted and brought up in separate continents made it into London freesheet the Metro yesterday. Samantha and Anais, having successfully raised $30,000 for phase 1 of an autobiographical documentary project on Kickstarter, are now looking to raise $80,000 for post-production. They are over a quarter […]

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BBC cover North Korean cinema

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2014
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There’s a good article on North Korean cinema posted yesterday by Helier Cheung on to the BBC website: Ten things: North Korea’s film industry. The article draws on the work of Johannes Schönherr and on Lynn Lee and James Leong’s documentary The Great North Korean Picture Show which screened in Bermondsey a couple of months ago. […]

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North Korea – Life Inside the Secret State

by Philip Gowman 10 November 2013
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To add to the steady stream of documentaries about North Korea, Channel 4’s Dispatches programme has just made one entitled North Korea – Life Inside the Secret State. It will be on the TV soon (though precisely when is not clear from the Channel 4 website), but if you can’t wait there’s a preview screening […]

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The Great North Korean Picture Show – screening in Bermondsey

by Philip Gowman 4 October 2013
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An interesting documentary coming in Bermondsey later this month: The Great North Korean Picture Show (2012) A Documentary Feature Film by Lynn Lee & James Leong Korean/English with English Subtitles, 93 MIN 26 October 2013, 1.40 PM Shortwave Cinema | 10 Bermondsey Square | London SE1 3UN | TEL: 020 7357 6845 ADMISSION: tbc SHORT […]

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Yodok Stories – Documentary screening and Q&A

by Philip Gowman 4 October 2013
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Amnesty International UK is a regular host of events which shine the spotlight on human rights abuses in North Korea. This coming Tuesday you have an opportunity to watch a documentary about the notorious Yodok camp, followed by Q&A with a former prisoner there. Yodok Stories – Documentary screening and Q&A An evening of North […]

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The Ghosts of Jeju to screen at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 3 October 2013
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Those who are eager to watch Jiseul (and here’s hoping it will be getting a London screening soon) will want to watch this documentary to fill in some of the background. It also provides context to the protests about the Gangjeong naval base. The Ghosts of Jeju Dir: Regis Tremblay, 2013, 80 mins Brunei Gallery, […]

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Crossing – the defector documentary by Kim Tae-gyun – screens at Amnesty International

by Philip Gowman 20 June 2013
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A quick note of an upcoming film screening at Amnesty International: Crossing (크로싱, dir Kim Tae-gyun, South Korea, 2008) Venue: Amnesty International UK, The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA Date: Mon 24 Jun 2013, 7.00 pm The film details the tragic plight of Kim Yong Soo, a well-known ex-footballer […]

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The Korean War in Colour screens at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 5 May 2013
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Something slightly different for SOAS’s evening Korean Studies seminar this time: a documentary film screening, with Q&A with the director, in this 60th anniversary year of the 1953 armistice. The Korean War in Colour Stewart Binns (Documentary Filmmaker) Date: 10 May 2013, 5:15 – 7:00 PM Venue: Russell Square, College Buildings, Room 4418 Film screening […]

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I compromised the LSE and my tour guides…

by Philip Gowman 15 April 2013
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“I compromised the LSE and my tour guides, and all I could produce was a lousy tourist video,” would be a suitable slogan for the T-shirt of tonight’s BBC Panorama programme. OK, so they also interviewed BR Myers, John Everard and a defector or two, but really it was not worth all the hype and […]

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