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I’m prepared to trust Im Kwon-taek’s judgement about the quality of his 14th film that is in the batch of lost films just donated to the Korean Film Archive – Battlefield and Mistress as a title doesn’t sound promising. He made similar comments about his early output when he spoke during his London retrospective back […]

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Ghosts of Jeju to get another London screening

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2015
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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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A week-long programme of films based on Korean novels at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2015
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April is the month of the London Book Fair (14-16 April at Olympia). Last year Korea was the market focus, an honour assumed by Mexico this year. But the Korea Publishers Association, LTI Korea and other bodies will be attending to fly the flag for Korea. To remind us of the fun we had last […]

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Hong Sang-soo is April’s featured director at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2015
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The month the KCC will be featuring two early films by Hong Sang-soo. Tony Rayns will be introducing The Day a Pig Fell in the Well on 16 April. As usual, reservation is required via the KCC website. Watch out for Song Kang-ho making his movie debut in a minor role in Hong’s first film. […]

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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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Kim Ji-woon is March’s featured director

by Philip Gowman 10 March 2015
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For March, the programme of screenings is expanded: two at the KCCUK and one at SOAS. Tale of Two Sisters is a classic, and Foul King is a guilty pleasure. For me though, Takashi Miike’s remake of Quiet Family, the deliriously madcap Happiness of the Katakuris, is unusual in being an improvement on the original. […]

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Korean Film Nights Amplified – a monthly series of pre-screening talks

by Philip Gowman 18 February 2015
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What a good idea. Once a month the KCC’s film screening will be preceded by a topical talk. The new series starts on 26 Feb with Kang Woo-suk’s Two Cops. The talk itself, given by Jinhee Choi (author of South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hitmaker Global Provocateur), starts at 7pm, and the screening starts after […]

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Looking back at 2014: Entertainment news

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In the second of four retrospective articles, we recall some of the entertainment stories that caught our eye in 2014. Good year for: Popular TV drama My Love from the Star had an impact beyond its 21 episode span. The lead female character, played by Jeon Ji-hyun, managed to boost sales of trenchcoats in Korea, […]

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Kang Woo-suk is February’s featured director

by Philip Gowman 4 February 2015
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Back in the 2013 London Korean Film Festival there was a mini-retrospective of Kang Woo-suk, with five of his films screening. This month we will be offered two of his early films: Mister Mama (12 Feb) and the first in the Two Cops franchise (26 Feb). Brief synopses below. As usual, booking is essential via […]

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Im Kwon Taek’s Festival is the next screening at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 25 January 2015
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The KCC has announced the next of its free screenings: Festival (축제) Director: Im Kwon Taek (1996) Screening Date: 29 January 2015, 7pm at the KCCUK Running Time: 108 Book via KCCUK website This film is based on the novel of the same title by Lee Cheong-jun. It has an intriguing structure, moving between the […]

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The 2015 KCC film schedule launches with Im Kwon-taek’s Wangsimni

by Philip Gowman 13 January 2015
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The theme for this year’s film screenings at the KCC is “early works by 10 celebrated Korean directors”; and with ten months between now and the 10th KCC London Korean Film Festival, we are told that there’s a link there. No doubt more will be revealed in due course. This month there are two screenings […]

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Commentary on The Interview

by Philip Gowman 9 January 2015
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LKL has been an Interview-free zone, mainly for the reason that we always thought that the film was not a very good idea. But for the sake of pulling together in one place the links to the most interesting commentary on the film, the two best quotes, in the two most interesting articles, come from […]

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LKFF 2014: the conversations

by Philip Gowman 23 November 2014
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The London Korean Film Festival is not just about getting acquainted with the latest in Korean movies. It is also an opportunity to meet some of the people behind those movies – actors, directors and producers. Opportunities for engaging with these film professionals vary: for an ever-growing group of aficionados there is the offer of round-table […]

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Hong Sang-soo season on Film 4

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2014
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There are still some Korean film fans out there who haven’t seen any Hong Sang-soo yet. There’s a chance to catch his latest at this years London Korean Film Festival. But you can also see some of his recent back catalogue on TV before then. This must be the first occasion that Hong Sang-soo has […]

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Controversy in Korean Literature: Hailji on Road to the Racetrack

by Philip Gowman 30 October 2014
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What a great way to warm up for the London Korean Film Festival. Artist Talk: Think !n Literature Film Screening & Talk: Controversy in Korean Literature Wednesday 5 November │ 18:30-23:00 │ Korean Cultural Centre UK │ Speaker: Hailji, Author The Road to Racetrack RSVP to KCCUK on 0207 004 2600 or info@kccuk.org.uk We cordially […]

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London Korean Film Festival 2014: the schedule in detail

by Philip Gowman 23 October 2014
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Here’s the full schedule of the London Korean Film Festival 2014 for you to optimise your viewing pleasure. Full details will soon be up on the festival’s official website, www.koreanfilm.co.uk. And the tickets will be on sale at the relevant Odeon websites: Odeon West End | Odeon Covent Garden | Odeon Kingston. The 9th London […]

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Ryu Seonghie is the last of the KCC’s film professionals

by Philip Gowman 18 October 2014
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The KCC brings their Year of the Film Professionals to an end with a focus on art director and production designer Ryu Seong-hie, who has worked on some of the top Korean movies of this century. The Year of the Film Professionals: Ryu Seonghie — Production Designer October – December 2014 One of the longest […]

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