Documentaries

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

by Events Editor 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 Events Editor 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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Event news: Sewol families visit UK

by Events Editor 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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Event news: The Wind is Blowing + Jeju’s Aching Heart, at Deptford Cinema

by Events Editor 23 April 2016
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Two Jeju-related films coming up at the Deptford Cinema: Gureombi: The Wind is Blowing + Jeju’s Aching Heart Deptford Cinema | 39 Deptford Broadway | London SE8 4PQ | deptfordcinema.org Sunday, April 30, 2016, 4:00pm Two documentary films covering the remarkable peace movement on Jeju Island, South Korea. Villagers and activists have fought daily for […]

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Event news: “Cruel State” documentary screening and 2nd anniversary Sewol Silent Protest

by Events Editor 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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Im Heung-soon: Jeju Prayer, Symptom and Sign

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2016
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The most substantial work in the final session of experimental film screenings at the Tate in September 2015 was Im Heung-soon’s Sung Si (숭 시 – Jeju Symptom and Sign. 2011, HD Video, colour, sound, 24mins), a work which obliquely addresses the 4:3 incident and the Gangjeong naval base. The piece has been made into […]

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Event news: I am Sun Mu screens at Human Rights Watch Film Fest

by Events Editor 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: State of Play, a documentary on pro-gamers, to screen at Asia House film fest

by Events Editor 25 January 2016
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Asia House has published the programme for its 2016 film festival. Two films will be of interest to Korea specialists. Steven Dhoedt’s documentary on the world of professional computer gamers, and Benson Lee’s comedy Seoul Searching. State of Play Dir Steven Dhoedt, Belgium / South Korea, 2013 85 minutes, UK premiere Time: Tuesday, 23 February […]

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A look back at the films and music of 2015

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2016
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In the second of two articles (the first looked at the world of books) we look at some of the releases of 2015 that caught our eye. Film Two Kickstarter-funded films to which LKL contributed came to fruition: Twinsters, the story of twin sisters adopted in different continents who discover each other through Facebook; and […]

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Festival Film Review: Collapse

by Philip Gowman 15 November 2015
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The second screening in this year’s documentary strand, this movie left you wondering what the director’s intentions were. Indeed, it made you wonder whether there was another guiding spirit which took over the film-making process, editing and shaping the unfinished work of the director. And then you looked at the credits, and discovered that there […]

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Festival Film Review: Kim Eungsu — The City in the Water

by Philip Gowman 8 November 2015
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Write down on a piece of paper a list of techniques you expect to be used in a documentary about a controversial episode in recent history. Maybe it will include archive footage; expert talking heads giving their views of the historical problem; interviews with people who lived through it, witnessed it or even contributed to […]

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Film review: I am Sun Mu, at Raindance

by Philip Gowman 4 October 2015
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It’s always nice when you are rewarded for staying at the end of a movie to read the credits. Among the names credited for the soundtrack of Adam Sjöberg’s documentary film I am Sun Mu is kayagum player Jung Ji-eun, a well-known player and teacher based in New Malden. It was also nice that she […]

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Event news: Kim Soyoung Q+A after London premiere of Heart of Snow, Heart of Blood

by Events Editor 19 September 2015
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A great opportunity to meet a distinguished director coming up this month: Heart of Snow, Heart of Blood The Centre of Korean Studies, SOAS & KCL Department of Film Studies jointly present A Screening and Conversation with Kim Soyoung, Filmmaker and Professor, Korean National University of the Arts Venue: 1.04 Strand Building, King’s College London, the Strand Time: 5.00 p.m. to […]

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Korean films at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival

by Events Editor 7 September 2015
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The programme for the BFI London Film Festival has been announced and as usual there’s a decent Korean representation. It’s great that Assassination is coming, though I was secretly hoping that it was going to open the London Korean Film Festival in November, giving the organisers an excuse to bring over Jeon Ji-hyun as star […]

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Event news: North Korean defector movie I am Sun Mu at Raindance

by Events Editor 6 September 2015
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Coming to the Raindance Film Festival on 3 October, the European premiere of a documentary about a North Korean artist defector. Tickets will be available from the Vue box office shortly. I am Sun Mu 3 October 2015, 6:20pm ​Vue Piccadilly, 19 Lower Regent Street, London SW1Y 4LR European Premiere Directed by Adam Sjöberg United […]

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Event news: The Promised Land screens at the ICA

by Events Editor 22 August 2015
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Anna miyoung Kim continues her work looking at the hidden costs of economic development with a film screening of The Promised Land. The screening is free, but registration is essential via info@annaartproject.co.uk. The Promised Land Human Rights of Migrant Workers Köken Ergun | Kyongju Park | Santiago Sierra | Ekta Mittal and Yashiswini Raghunandan Wednesday […]

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Film Review: Korean Undertaker and Not One of the Forgotten

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2015
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For about four years Bona Shin of Theatre for All has been getting to know some of the British veterans from Korean War, particularly those based in the Virginia Water area; and as she got to know them she decided to collect some of their memories and preserve them in documentary form. The resulting two […]

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