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Colette Balmain’s season of horror movies and thrillers comes to an end on 23 March with Yun Jun-Hyeong’s Fatal Intuition. Colette will be giving an introduction. Fatal Intuition (그 놈이다) Director: Yun Jun-Hyeong, 2015 (109 mins) 23 March 2017, 7pm @KCCUK, Book here Synopsis Jang-woo (Joo Won) lives with his teenager sister, Eun-ji (Ryoo Hye-Young), […]

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Event news: Lee Hyun-ju’s Our Love Story screens at BFI Flare

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2017
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Coming up this week at BFI Flare, London’s LGBT film festival. It is expected that the director will make an appearance at one of the screenings. Our Love Story (연애담) Director Lee Hyun-ju (2016) Producer Kim Bo-ra With Lee Sang-hee, Ryu Sun-young South Korea 99min Friday 17 March 2017 14:00 NFT3 Buy tickets Saturday 18 March […]

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Event news: Zhang Lu’s A Quiet Dream is the first LKFF teaser screening

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2017
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Zhang Lu’s elusive Love And… was the brave choice to close the 2015 London Korean Film Festival. His latest feature is the first of the festival’s 2017 “teaser” screenings. A Quiet Dream (춘몽) Director Zhang Lu, 2016, 101 mins Cast: Han Yeri, Yang Ik-june, Park Jung-bum, Yoon Jong-bin Monday 20 March 2017, 7:30pm Regent Street […]

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Event news: Mourning Grave is the fifth in the K-Horror series

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2017
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The penultimate screening in the current K-Horror season will be introduced by Anton Bitel. Mourning Grave (소녀괴담) Director: Oh In-chun, 2014, 90mins 16 March 2017, 7pm @ KCCUK | Book here The directorial debut of Oh In-chun, Mourning Grave is a contemporary reinvention of the traditional Korean ghost story that is as much a romantic […]

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Event news: the omnibus Horror Stories is next in the K-Horror series

by Philip Gowman 6 March 2017
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The next in the KCC’s K-Horror series an the omnibus movie. It will be introduced by Anton Bitel. Horror Stories (무서운 이야기, 2012) Directors: Hong Ji-young, Im Dae-woong, Jeong Beom-sik, Kim Gok, Kim Sun, Min Gyoo-dong Thursday 9 March 2017, 7pm. Reserve your place here. Synopsis The first of three omnibus films featuring some of […]

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Event news: Kim Jee-woon’s Age of Shadows gets UK release

by Philip Gowman 5 March 2017
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The official UK release date for Kim Jee-woon’s colonial era spy thriller is 24 March. The Age of Shadows, released in the UK by Soda Pictures, opened last year’s London East Asia Film Festival. At the time of writing no London screenings have been announced, but the movie will be screened in Sheffield, and earlier previews are […]

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Event news: A Blood Pledge is the third movie in the KCC’s K-horror series

by Philip Gowman 26 February 2017
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The first two films in the current series of weekly K-horror screenings have been fun and the talks beforehand informative. A Blood Pledge will be introduced by Anton Bitel. A Blood Pledge (여고괴담 5) Director: Lee Jong-yong, 2009, 88 mins 7pm, Thursday 2 March 2017. Admission free – registration essential via the KCC website. Synopsis […]

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Event news: Red Shoes is the second movie in the KCC’s K-horror series

by Philip Gowman 21 February 2017
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The second of six weekly screenings of horror movies and thrillers – a series curated by Collette Balmain – will be introduced by Hangul Celluloid’s Paul Quinn. We are assured that the gremlins that infected the DVD player at last week’s screening have been exorcised. Red Shoes (분홍신) Dir: Kim Yong-gyoon, 2005 (103 mins) 7pm, […]

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2017 KCC film nights kick off with Princess Aurora

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2017
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The 2017 film screenings at the KCC start with a season of horror movies and thrillers curated by Colette Balmain. Princess Aurora (오로라 공주) Dir: Bang Eun-jin, 2005, 106 mins 16 February 2017, 7pm @ KCCUK Book via the KCCUK website The directorial debut of Bang Eun-jin, Princess Aurora is a female take on the […]

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Event news: Sewol documentary screening at Birkbeck, 9 Jan

by Philip Gowman 23 December 2016
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A special screening of the newly released documentary film ‘SEWOL’ by Director Ok-Hee Jeong, hosted by the Birkbeck International Documentary Society. Sewol Director and Producer: Ok-Hee Jeong, 2016, 79mins Monday, 9 January 2017 at 18:30–20:30 Room B34 | Birkbeck | University of London | Malet Street | London WC1E 7HX Admission free. No registration required. […]

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Festival report: Park Hong-min Q+A after the screening of “A Fish”

by Robert Cottingham 12 November 2016
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Park Hong-Min was in London yesterday for a 3-D showing of his first film A Fish (2011). He gave a short Q-and-A after the screening. Transcribed by Robert Cottingham. Tony Rayns: I’ll get things going. I take it this film is not based on your own experience? Park Hong-min: Yes, it’s definitely not based on […]

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Korean Horror Movies: A Different Perspective — at New Malden Library

by Philip Gowman 4 November 2016
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LKL friend and sometime contributor Colette Balmain will be presenting on the subject of K-horror next week. Ties in nicely with the female directors strand in the London Korean Film Festival. Korean Horror Movies: A Different Perspective New Malden Library, Kingston Road, New Malden, KT3 3LY 10th November 2016, 19:00 – 20:00 Free (Book in […]

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Train to Busan gets UK theatrical release

by Philip Gowman 23 October 2016
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If you haven’t yet managed to see the zombie thrill fest Train to Busan (LKL review here) you can catch it in UK cinemas from 28 October 2016, courtesy of Studiocanal. More details on their PR’s website.

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Another take on Shin Sang-ok

by Philip Gowman 20 October 2016
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The Korea Times has a nicely-timed memoir of Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee covering their time in America immediately after their redefection in 1986. At over 4,000 words it’s a meaty article, and well worth the read, in particular touching on Shin’s impossible dream of a film about Ganghis Khan. Thanks to Michael Duffy for […]

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Korean films in LEAFF’s Competition, Official Selection and Stories of Women sections

by Philip Gowman 13 October 2016
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The 2016 London East Asia Film Festival has a number of strands. We’ve already posted details of the movies screening in the Park Chan-wook retrospective and the Jeonju International Film Festival Focus. So here are the Korean movies featuring in the other strands, the broader East Asian cinema sections, listed in order of screening at […]

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LEAFF 2016 focuses on Jeonju film fest

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2016
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One of the strands to be introduced by the London East Asia Film Festival is a focus on individual festivals in the region. In collaboration with the Institute for Contemporary Arts, who will be screening this strand on Saturday and Sunday mornings during the festival, the focus for the first year is the Jeonju International […]

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Event news: Shin Sang-ok double bill at the Regent Street Cinema

by Philip Gowman 2 October 2016
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If you missed the UK premiere of the documentary about Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee, The Lovers and the Despot, and would rather watch it on the big screen as opposed to via the various online options, you have another chance this month courtesy of the Regent Street Cinema. An LKL review is coming soon, but […]

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