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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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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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