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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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Event news: Ryoo Seung-wan talking East Asian cinema with Chris Fujiwara

by Philip Gowman 22 October 2015
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As part of the London East Asian Film Festival, director Ryoo Seung-wan will be discussing Asian cinema with Chris Fujiwara. Director Ryoo is over for the screening (with Q+A) of his hit film Veteran which opens the festival on 23 October. And remember that there’s another Korean film screening at the festival: Hong Won-chan’s Office, […]

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London East Asian Film Festival – the line up looks really rather good!

by Philip Gowman 16 October 2015
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It is pretty ambitious to try to sneak in an extra London film festival in between the well established BFI London Film Festival, anchored in the first weeks of October, and the early November London Korean Film Festival. But that’s what is happening with the London East Asian Film Festival. And when you consider that […]

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The LKFF schedule in calendar format

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2015
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Good news folks: Moon So-ri is coming to London again and will be participating in the Q&A at the closing gala Love And… (in which she stars with Ahn Sung-ki and Park Hae-il). And more good news. As last year, I’ve put the detailed film listing into a calendar format to help you plan your […]

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Ryu Seung-wan is October’s featured director at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2015
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This month’s director at the KCCUK is Ryu Seung-wan – nicely timed to coincide with the screenings of his latest movie Veteran at the London East Asian Film Festival and the London Korean Film Festival. Die Bad is particularly recommended as a debut feature. As usual, registration is required via the KCC website. Die Bad […]

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London Korean Film Festival 2015 – the detailed schedule

by Philip Gowman 3 October 2015
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Here’s the complete schedule for the 2015 edition of the London Korean Film Festival. Details are correct at time of going to press, but experience indicates that there might be some last minute changes. Always check the official website, koreanfilm.co.uk, for up-to-date details. I know I’m a bit of a grumbler, but this year I […]

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Welcome to the London East Asian Film Festival

by Philip Gowman 24 September 2015
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A new Film Fest is coming to town. Slotting neatly in between the BFI London Film Festival and the KCCUK’s London Korean Film Festival, the initial edition of the London East Asian Film Festival runs 23-25 October. It is organised by Ms Jeon Hye-jung, who this year moved on from the KCCUK where among other […]

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