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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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Cho Young-wuk on waltzes, playgrounds and working with Park Chan-wook

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2014
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So much has changed over the past few years. Nearly 10 years ago Asia House organised the London premiere screening of Lady Vengeance including a Q&A with the director, Park Chan-wook. It was hard not to squirm in embarrassment at the shallowness of some of the questions from the audience, and the moderator could have […]

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Cho Young-wuk to conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra in his “Oldboy Suite”

by Philip Gowman 22 September 2014
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At the time of writing, according to the KCC website there are just 3 seats left for the Oldboy screening on Thursday. But people who have booked will have received an email to remind them that if they don’t turn up promptly their seat will be given to people on the waiting list. Whatever, if […]

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A special Oldboy screening with live music and Q&A

by Philip Gowman 10 September 2014
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When did you last see Oldboy on the big screen? In fact, have you ever seen it on the big screen? Come to think of it, I’m not sure if I have myself. Like many, I’ve got the DVD, and sometimes watch it when it’s screened on Film 4, and of course many of the […]

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IRIS – the movie – screens as part of K-Drama week on 24 Sept

by Philip Gowman 10 September 2014
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IRIS is one of those Korean TV dramas that I’ve secretly been wanting to watch for a while. But as with any TV series, the time available never matches the time required. So to have the series distilled down into a feature-length film is a perfect solution for me. All the stars, presumably most of […]

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Korean films at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival

by Philip Gowman 3 September 2014
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There’s rather a good haul of Korean movies at the BFI London Film Festival this year, including a Hong Sang-soo which looks a little different from the usual, a treat for fans of the remarkable Bae Doona, a charming animation and a “tense, kinetic and darkly funny neo-noir”. Tickets go on sale on 18 September. […]

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Im Kwon-taek: In search of perfection

by Philip Gowman 5 August 2014
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As the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon approach, LKL is finally spurred to write up some archive notes of interviews and Q&A’s with the director of their Opening Ceremony… “Why are you torturing me?” was Im Kwon-taek’s heartfelt cry when attending a screening of one of his films from the 1960s at a 70-film retrospective […]

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Film Screenings and an artist talk linked to the current KCC exhibition

by Philip Gowman 12 July 2014
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Supporting the current exhibition Measuring Inventing Temperature at the KCC, there will be two imaginative film screenings this month. The second of the screenings will be preceded by an artist talk with the Cambridge philosopher, Hasok Chang, who inspired the exhibition. Note that the screenings start at 7:30 rather than the more usual 7:00. Special […]

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Cho Young-wuk is the third of the KCC’s film professionals

by Philip Gowman 10 July 2014
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The Year of the Film Professionals turns to focus on music director Jo Young-wook / Cho Young-wuk, who according to Hancinema has a pretty impressive roster of films to his credit. Here’s the schedule for the quarter. Registration as always is required via the KCCUK website. The Contact (접속) Director: Jang Yoon-hyun (1997) Cast: Han […]

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The Contact – the first of the films featuring composer Cho Young-wuk

by Philip Gowman 29 June 2014
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The Year of the Film Professionals moves on to focus on composer Cho Young-wuk. The first film to be shown, The Contact (Chang Yoon-Hyun 1997), has been on my watchlist for a while, so I’ll be sure to be there: Jeon Do-yeon’s first feature, with a youthful Han Suk-kyu. The Contact (접속) Jang Yoon-hyeon, 1997 […]

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Non-Fiction Diary to screen at East End Film Fest

by Philip Gowman 13 June 2014
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The award-winning Korean documentary Non-Fiction Diary is screening at the East End Film Festival at the Barbican on 15 June, with Q&A: Non-Fiction Diary (Jung Yoon-suk, 2013) + Q&A with director Jung Yoon-suk and Cinematographer Heo Chul-nyung East End Film Festival, 4pm, 15 June, The Barbican  An exploration of the traumatic events that shook Korea in […]

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Korean Screen Culture Conference 2014: draft programme

by Philip Gowman 1 June 2014
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With thanks to Dr Chi-Yun Shin, here is the provisional programme for the Korean Screen Culture Conference at Sheffield Hallam University on 13-14 June 2014. This follows the two successful conferences at SOAS in 2012 and 2013. Go up there early and catch Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 (June 7-12). The Conference is at SHU’s City Campus […]

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Korean Film at the 2014 Terracotta Festival

by Philip Gowman 25 May 2014
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I realise I’m a bit late posting this: I see from my traffic statistics that people are googling for this year’s Korean offerings, only to come up with my posts from prior years. So here are the three Korean films at the Terracotta Far East Film Festival this year, all of them very appealing in […]

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East Asian Screen Studies Symposium at Kings College London

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2014
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Coinciding with the Chinese Visual Festival 2014, an interesting screen studies symposium is coming our way: East Asian Screen Studies Symposium King’s College London, 16 May 2014 You are invited to register for a free one-day symposium on East Asian Screen Studies at King’s College, London on the 16th May. As you can see below […]

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Cinematographer Chung Chung-hoon is the second of the KCC’s film professionals

by Philip Gowman 9 April 2014
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News of season 2 of the KCC’s “Year of the Film Professionals”. This quarter we are focusing on cinematographer Chung Chung Hoon, who is associated with, or indeed created, Park Chan-wook’s visual style. Note that the Q&A is mid-season, at the end of May. Here are the screenings: Thursday 10 Apr 7pm: Sympathy for Lady […]

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LBF event 1 Apr: Books on Screen — Moss

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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The fourth of the KCC’s Korean Literature on Screen events. LKL’s review of the film can be found here. As usual, pre-registration is required via the KCC website. Moss 이끼, Kang Woo-suk, 2010 Tuesday 1 April 7pm, KCCUK Running time 163 mins Adapted from a popular internet cartoon, Ryu Hae-guk investigates the mysterious death of […]

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