KCC Film Club

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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Love Talk at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2012
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After all the hectic activity of the Olymic fortnight it’s time for something more restful. Lee Yoon-ki is a director that divides opinion, but on balance his delicate and restrained portraits have more admirers than detractors, as was evidenced by the packed house last week for This Charming Girl. Those who like something to happen […]

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Lee Joon-ik’s Sunny at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 19 June 2012
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This month’s screenings at the KCC show what a versatile director Lee Joon-ik is. After the famous King and the Clown and the musical buddy movie The Happy Life comes Sunny, set in the Vietnam War era – 21 June at the KCC. Director: LEE Joon-ik Running Time: 126 mins (Eng subtitles) Screening Date: 7PM, […]

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Song Il-gon’s Always: a well-made melodrama and nothing more

by Philip Gowman 29 April 2012
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If Always had been made by any other director I would not have minded. I would not have gone to see it either. But as it was made by Song Il-gon, I went along, and was sorely disappointed. It’s not that it’s a bad film of its genre. It’s well made and moving. The lead […]

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KCC’s 100th screening: Song Il-gon at the Apollo Piccadilly

by Philip Gowman 26 April 2012
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Having now enjoyed three of Song Il-gon’s films this month, we now reach the KCC’s 100th screening, Song Il-gon’s Always, followed by Q & A with the director himself. At the Apollo Piccadilly, this evening at 6:30pm. Song Il-gon: Always (오직 그대만) (2011) Starring: So Ji-sub, Han Hyo-joo Running Time: 105 min. (ENG Subs) Screening […]

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