Film

The KCCUK’s series of screenings featuring different aspects of Korean humour continues this month with Sunny and probably my favourite Bong Joon-ho movie. Will we come face to face with the mysterious Boiler Kim? The screening on 14 April will include an introductory talk by Jinhee Choi, starting at 7pm. Note also the additional screenings […]

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Event news: Lee Joon-ik’s The Throne screens at Regent St Cinema

by Philip Gowman 20 March 2016
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Returning to the period movie genre that made him famous, Lee Joon-ik’s 2014 The Throne explores the life and death of Crown Prince Sado. As homework, you are strongly encouraged to read the memoirs of Sado’s wife, Lady Hyegyong, failing which Margaret Drabble’s The Red Queen, for a version of his life with which to […]

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

by Philip Gowman 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: two screenings featuring Lee Mi-sook in March

by Philip Gowman 29 February 2016
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The KCCUK’s season of films illustrating different aspects of Korean humour continues with two films starring Lee Mi-sook. A nice 10th birthday present. Lee Mi-sook month The Actresses South Korea, 2009 Director: E J-yong Cast: Yoon Yeo-jeong, Lee Mi-sook, Ko Hyun-jeong, Choi Ji-woo, Kim Min-hee 104 mins | Cert. 12 | Eng Subs 17 March, […]

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Event news: The Pirates screens at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 13 February 2016
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The third screening of the year at the KCC. It would be rude to miss this one. The Pirates (해적: 바다로 간 산적) Dir Lee Seok Hoon (2014) 130 mins 25 February 2016, 7pm Register on the KCC website Just 15 days after the founding of the Kingdom of Joseon, an ambassadorial ship is carrying […]

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Call for Papers: 2016 Korean Screen Culture Conference

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2016
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After a year in Copenhagen the annual conference on Korean Screen Culture will be in King’s London this year. The Call for Papers was recently issued: Call for Papers: The 5th Conference on Korean Screen Culture Department of Film Studies King’s College London, UK June 3rd-4th 2016 Following successful conferences on Korean Screen Culture held […]

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Event news: A Hard Day screens at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 30 January 2016
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The KCCUK’s second screening of the year is A Hard Day. You’ll come out feeling exhausted, but it’s a great ride. We loved it. A Hard Day (끝까지 간다) Dir Kim Seong-hun, 2013, 111 mins 11 February, 2016 at 7pm, KCCUK Registration required via the KCC website On the way back from his mother’s funeral, […]

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Event news: Benson Lee’s Seoul Searching to screen at Asia House film fest

by Philip Gowman 25 January 2016
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It’s good that we’re finally getting a chance to see Seoul Searching in London. The Asia House Film Festival presents its European premiere. Earlier in the festival is the UK premiere of the documentary State of Play. Seoul Searching Dir: Benson Lee, USA / South Korea / China, 2015) 105 minutes, European premiere Time: February […]

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Event news: State of Play, a documentary on pro-gamers, to screen at Asia House film fest

by Philip Gowman 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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Event news: two screenings of Hong Sang-soo’s In Another Country

by Philip Gowman 20 January 2016
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This year’s series of screenings at the KCC is on the theme ‘Ha Ha Ha – Translating Korean Humour’ The first screening is on 28 January. As always, registration is required via the KCC website. You can also catch it at the Royal College of Art in Battersea on 26 Jan (where admission is free […]

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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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Classics revisited – an opportunity to get to know the films of Chung Chang-wha

by Philip Gowman 9 November 2015
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One of the things we like about the London Korean Film Festival the range of different perspectives it offers us on the vibrant Korean film scene, from emerging directors to actor retrospectives via documentaries and more. One of the strands we appreciate most is the opportunity it gives us to see classic movies from the […]

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Two masterclasses as part of LKFF 2015

by Philip Gowman 8 November 2015
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Two late additions to the LKFF schedule, both on Saturday afternoon, 14 November. But you can’t do both. And you can’t do either if you want to watch the classic Chung Chang-wha screenings. Choices, choices … but I think I’ll choose a large dose of muhyeop and Q&A with Director Chung. Masterclass: In Conversation with […]

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An introduction to “Love And…” — LKFF’s closing gala film

by Philip Gowman 5 November 2015
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The London Korean Film Festival’s choice for the closing gala is an interesting one: Zhang Lu’s Love And… (the literal meaning of the Korean title, 필름시대사랑, is “Love of the Film Era”), which only recently opened at the Korean box office. Closing galas over the years have included blockbusters and mainstream movies such as Masquerade […]

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CJ Entertainment celebrates its 20th birthday with a special strand at LKFF 2015

by Philip Gowman 2 November 2015
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CJ Entertainment has been associated with some of the biggest and best films since the turn of the millennium. 20 years old this year, it is celebrating its birthday with a big splash at the 10th London Korean Film Festival organised by the KCCUK. [1] Five screenings at this year’s festival are of CJ productions: […]

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A couple of changes to the LKFF schedule

by Philip Gowman 30 October 2015
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There has been a couple of changes to the LKFF schedule in respect of movies starring Hwang Jung-min, the featured actor this year. Out go Waikiki Brothers (2001) and Moby Dick (2011) and in come The Unjust (2010) and New World (2013). The scheduling of The Unjust on Tuesday 3 November makes excellent sense as […]

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Conference news: Film and History — The Korean Example

by Philip Gowman 26 October 2015
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Coinciding with the 10th London Korean Film Festival, a two-day conference at SOAS and the KCC. Registration is required via the SOAS website. Film and History: The Korean Example 5 – 6 November 2015 10:00 – 6:00 PM Russell Square: College Buildings, Djam Lecture Theatre Cinema has become a battle ground upon which history is […]

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