Documentaries

All sorts of good things seem to happen at the Deptford Cinema. Don’t forget the screening of the Sewol documentary on Tuesday and The Journals of Musan on Wednesday, but tomorrow night, there’s this: Short films by UK based Korean directors Deptford Cinema | 39 Deptford Broadway | London SE8 4PQ | deptfordcinema.org Monday, April 24, 2017, […]

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Event news: Channel 4 documentary + discussion — North Korea’s Reality TV Stars

by Philip Gowman 17 April 2017
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This Wednesday’s talk at the Frontline Club, originally billed as focusing on the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, will now be an opportunity to preview and discuss the Channel 4 Unreported World documentary on the subject of the South Korean TV panel show starring North Korean migrants – “Now on My Way to Meet You” (이제 […]

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A reminder of Sewol 3rd anniversary events

by Philip Gowman 13 April 2017
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The Sewol ferry disaster took place three years ago, 16 April 2014. There are three ways you can mark the sad anniversary in London: The regular monthly silent protest will be held at the north-east corner of Trafalgar Square, in front of the National Gallery, Easter Saturday, 2-4pm. The Remembering Sewol UK group has been holding this […]

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Korean Film Nights April – June 2017: On Foreign Ground

by Philip Gowman 10 April 2017
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The second season of films at the KCC this year has been curated by students from the Film Studies Programming and Curation MA programme at the National Film and Television School. The season is entitled On Foreign Ground: Visions of Migration, and focuses on stories of immigration in South Korean cinema, a theme that was […]

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Free screening: SEWOL documentary

by Philip Gowman 30 March 2017
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Three years ago on 16 April, the Sewol ferry sank and 304 passengers died. As one of the events to mark this sad anniversary, there’s another chance to watch the documentary by Ok-Hee Jeong, which was screened at Birkbeck in January. Details: 8 April 2017 at 14:00–16:00 Venue: Room B20, Birkbeck University of London main […]

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Free Lunchtime Screening of ‘Kung Fu Grandma’

by Philip Gowman 8 March 2017
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Notice of a free screening of Jeong-One Park’s documentary: Kung Fu Grandma Director / Editor / Cinematographer: Jeong-One Park 27 minutes 15 March at 12:15–13:15 Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square Hosted by Birkbeck International Documentary Society Synopsis Korogocho, Kenya. A slum district of acute poverty and violence. In recent years, the settlement’s older women have […]

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Event news: The Apology screens at Human Rights Watch film festival

by Philip Gowman 6 March 2017
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Human Rights Watch film festival will be screening The Apology, a documentary on the subject of women forced into sexual slavery in WWII. There will be two opportunities to see the film, both followed by a Q+A session with director Tiffany Hsiung. The Apology (2016) UK Premiere, with Q+A with Director Tiffany Hsiung Wednesday 15 […]

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Event news: Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang is screening at Picturehouse Central

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2016
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My heart sank when I heard that someone was turning this eccentric piece of sporting diplomacy into a movie. And now it’s briefly in the cinemas… Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang Director: Colin Offland. 2016. UK/North Korea. 93min Picturehouse Central Sat 31st Dec 16:35 | Sun 1st Jan 16:45 | Thu 5th Jan 15:30 […]

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Event news: Sewol documentary screening at Birkbeck, 9 Jan

by Philip Gowman 23 December 2016
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A special screening of the newly released documentary film ‘SEWOL’ by Director Ok-Hee Jeong, hosted by the Birkbeck International Documentary Society. Sewol Director and Producer: Ok-Hee Jeong, 2016, 79mins Monday, 9 January 2017 at 18:30–20:30 Room B34 | Birkbeck | University of London | Malet Street | London WC1E 7HX Admission free. No registration required. […]

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Liberation Day gets international premiere at IDFA

by Philip Gowman 24 November 2016
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Morten Traavik, the man who brought us a North Korean accordion quintet covering a Norwegian synthpop track, now gives us a documentary about a Slovenian art-rock band performing versions of songs from The Sound of Music in North Korea. Read a review of the “documentary musical” Liberation Day in the Guardian. More info on Morten […]

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Event news: Under the Sun – Vitaly Mansky’s DPRK documentary screens at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 5 November 2016
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One of the rare occasions when KCC has hosted an event about North Korea: Screening event: Under the Sun Director: Vitaly Mansky (2015) Screening organised by Free NK Friday 18 November 2016, 7pm – 9pm Korean Culture Centre | 1-3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW Free entry but registration required via Eventbrite Description This movie screening […]

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Korean films in LEAFF’s Competition, Official Selection and Stories of Women sections

by Philip Gowman 13 October 2016
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The 2016 London East Asia Film Festival has a number of strands. We’ve already posted details of the movies screening in the Park Chan-wook retrospective and the Jeonju International Film Festival Focus. So here are the Korean movies featuring in the other strands, the broader East Asian cinema sections, listed in order of screening at […]

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Film review: The Lovers and the Despot

by Philip Gowman 10 October 2016
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The way you watch Ross Adam’s and Robert Cannan’s The Lovers and the Despot is likely to depend on whether you know the story or not. To those who are coming to it afresh, this is an extraordinary tale which is another example of the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction: one of South […]

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LEAFF 2016 focuses on Jeonju film fest

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2016
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One of the strands to be introduced by the London East Asia Film Festival is a focus on individual festivals in the region. In collaboration with the Institute for Contemporary Arts, who will be screening this strand on Saturday and Sunday mornings during the festival, the focus for the first year is the Jeonju International […]

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Event news: Shin Sang-ok double bill at the Regent Street Cinema

by Philip Gowman 2 October 2016
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If you missed the UK premiere of the documentary about Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee, The Lovers and the Despot, and would rather watch it on the big screen as opposed to via the various online options, you have another chance this month courtesy of the Regent Street Cinema. An LKL review is coming soon, but […]

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Event news: Cyrano Agency and Fasten Your Seatbelt are October’s screenings at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 28 September 2016
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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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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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