KCC Film Club

Synopsis: Dong-hyun (Han Suk-gyu), a radio DJ, has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. Lovelorn and scorned his mood is lifted when he receives a copy of a vinyl Velvet Underground LP thinking that it is a gift from his ex. Since it holds a special meaning for his demised relationship, he plays Pale Blue […]

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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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Antarctic Journal: a promising start, a confusing end, and a film to be avoided

by Philip Gowman 27 April 2014
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Antarctic Journal (Im Pil-seong, 2004) screened at the KCC on 24 April as part of the Year of the Film Professionals. The second professional to be so featured was cinematographer Chung Chung-hoon, who gives Park Chan-wook movies their distinctive look. Antarctic Journal is one of Chung’s rare films with another director. Given the poor reviews […]

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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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LBF event 25 Mar: Books on Screen — Leafie, a Hen into the Wild

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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The fourth of the KCC’s Korean Literature on Screen events. The Hwang Sun-mi story on which it is based has been recently published in translation. Follow the links to LKL’s review of the novel and the film. As usual, pre-registration is required via the KCC website. Leafie, a Hen into the Wild 마당을 나온 암탉, […]

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LBF event 18 Mar: Books on Screen — the Scarlet Letter

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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The third of the KCC’s Korean Literature on Screen events. The film is based on two Kim Young-ha’s novellas: The Photo Shop Murder (available in translation from Jimoondang) and Meditation on Mirror, which to my knowledge (and the author’s knowledge as of two years ago when I last spoke to him on the subject) has […]

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LBF event 11 Mar: Books on Screen — Portrait of the Days of Youth

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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The second of the KCC’s Korean Literature on Screen events. The Yi Mun-yol story on which it is based is not yet available in translation. As usual, pre-registration is required via the KCC website. Portrait of the Days of Youth 젊은날의 초상, Kwak Ji-kyoon, 1990 11 March 7pm, KCCUK Running time 148 minutes A university […]

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LBF event 4 Mar: Books on Screen — The Road to Sampo

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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The first of the KCC’s Korean Literature on Screen events. The Hwang Sok-yong short story on which it is based is pretty hard to find in translation. It’s part of a collection published by Heinemann Asia in the 1980s, logged on Brother Anthony’s site here, and available on Amazon for the princely sum of £112.14. […]

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Screen writer Park Hoon-jung the first focus of the KCC’s 2014 film programme

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2014
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Having focused on actors and directors in their screenings in the last two years, the KCC this year shifts to looking at other members of the production team – music directors, cinematographers, production designers and the like. Appropriately, in the run-up to the London Book Fair in April, the first profession to get the spotlight […]

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Oldboy screens at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 22 July 2013
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Well, you can’t have a Choi Min-sik season without a screening of possibly the best-known film to have come out of Korea this century. Oldboy Director: Park Chan-wook Running Time: 120min Screening Date: 7pm, 25 July 2013 Synopsis: Oh Dae-su is an average businessman, but after celebrating his daughter’s birthday he finds himself kidnapped and […]

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Shin Sang-ok’s Bound By Chastity: this weeks Women on Screen film at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 5 June 2013
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This Thursday is rather too busy: a Shin Sang-ok film, a concert at the Royal Asiatic Society, the opening night of Terracotta, and a couple of private views of Korean art exhibitions. Via Alualuna, here’s a synopsis of the film, which will be screened at 7pm on 6 June. Registering in advance (via the KCC […]

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Note the different venue for the 4th Jeon Kyu-hwan screening this month

by Philip Gowman 22 September 2012
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The Jeon Kyu-hwan month rounds off with From Seoul to Varanasi, followed by director Q&A. Note that this screening is at Vue West End / Leicester Square, not the more usual Apollo Piccadilly. From Seoul to Varanasi (바라나시) Director: Jeon Kyu-hwan Cast: Dong-hwan Yoon, Shin Ye-an, Nigel D’Sa Running Time: 98 mins (Cert 18, South […]

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Jeon Kyu-hwan’s Town Trilogy is complete with Dance Town, Thursday at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 14 September 2012
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If you didn’t manage to catch Dance Town at the London Korean Film Festival last year, now’s your chance – as part of this month’s Jeon Kyu-hwan retrospective at the KCC: Dance Town (댄스 타운, 2010) 7pm, 20th Sept 2012 Director: Jeon Kyu-hwan Cast: Rha Mi-ran, Seong-tae Oh. Genre: Drama Certificate: 18 (South Korea) Nobody […]

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Mozart Town at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 3 September 2012
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September’s director at the KCC is Jeon Kyu-hwan. Not a well-known director in this country, but I’m rather looking forward to these particular screenings. Mozart Town (모차르트 타운, 2008) 7pm, 6th Sept 2012 Director: Jeon Kyu-hwan Cast: Gbato Blaise, Yoo-rang Joo and Seong-tae Oh Genre: Drama Certificate: 18 (South Korea). Nobody under the age of […]

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Come Rain Come Shine + director Q&A at the Apollo Piccadilly

by Philip Gowman 26 August 2012
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Rounding off Lee Yoon-ki month this Thursday is his most recent film: Come Rain, Come Shine (사랑한다, 사랑하지 않는다, 2011) Director: Lee Yoon-ki Running Time: 105 min Screening Date: 6.30pm August 30, 2012 Theatre: Apollo Cinema Piccadilly LEE Yoon-Ki is a Director who has established a name for himself in both domestic and international markets […]

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Lee Yoon-ki’s My Dear Enemy at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 23 August 2012
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There are still seats available for Lee Yoon-ki’s My Dear Enemy (2008) this evening, which comes with LKL’s recommendation. And that’s not just because Cannes best actress winner Jeon Do-yeon is in it. My Dear Enemy (멋진 하루) Director: Lee Yoon-ki Running Time: 123 mins Screening Date: 7pm, 23 August, 2012 Theatre: Multi-Purpose Hall, KCCUK […]

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