KCC Film Club

Feathers in the Wind – the second Song Il-gon film at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 7 April 2012
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Feathers in the Wind is probably the Song Il-gon film that has generated the most positive press. So, if you enjoyed last week’s Flower Island as much as I did, you’re going to love this one. Feathers in the Wind (2005) 7pm, 12th April 2012 Director: Song Il-gon Cast: Hyeong-seong Jang, Yong-cheol Kim, So-yeon Lee […]

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Song Il-gon month kicks off with Flower Island

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2012
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This month’s going to be good. Don’t miss the four screenings of Song Il-gon’s movies this month. Visit Otherwhere for a quick run-down of why. Director: Song Il-gon Title: Flower Island (꽃섬, 2001) Running Time: 126 min Screening Date: 7:00pm, April 05, 2012 Theatre: Multi-Purpose Hall, KCCUK Synopsis: On a winter day, three women with […]

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E J-yong month concludes with Actresses + Q&A

by Philip Gowman 21 February 2012
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I’ve been enjoying this month. Even though I only managed to get to one screening of E J-yong’s films at the KCC (which happens to be my favourite one), I’ve used the month as an opportunity rewatch my DVDs of Untold Scandal and Asako in Ruby Shoes – both of which I enjoyed much more […]

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One year, 12 directors, 59 films, 12 Q&As. What could be better?

by Philip Gowman 16 February 2012
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The KCC have announced their lineup for their much anticipated “Year of the Twelve Directors” – a season unimaginable a few years ago. A very simple concept: four films by the same director, each month giving a mini-retrospective, followed by a Q&A with the director. And a very well-balanced programme it is, featuring veteran directors […]

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E J-yong is February’s Director at the KCC. First up, An Affair

by Philip Gowman 28 January 2012
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After January’s successful focus on Lee Myung-se, February brings another Lee: E J-yong, or Lee Jae-yong (이재용). We start with An Affair (정사, 1998), starring Lee Mi-sook and Lee Jung-jae. It was one of the first Korean films I ever saw, at the 2001 London Korean Film Festival, and got me hooked on the Korean […]

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Duellist + Lee Myung-se Q&A

by Philip Gowman 22 January 2012
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The KCC’s Lee Myung-se month comes to an end on Thursday 26 January with a Q&A with the director himself after a screening of The Duellist. Note that to accommodate extra people, the screening is at the Apollo – and needs to be booked via the Apollo box office rather than the KCC reception. Note […]

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Rolling Home With a Bull – September’s second evening screening at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 15 September 2011
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Continuing the theme of films by female directors, the second screening this month is by Yim Soon-rye: Title: Rolling Home With a Bull Director: Yim Soon-rye Running Time: 106 mins Screening Date: 7pm, September 22, 2011 Number of Seats: 125 Theatre: Multi-purpose Hall Synopsis Seon-ho is a bachelor poet who returns to farming in a […]

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Words on Screen: Celebrating Paju the Bookcity — September daytime screenings at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 13 September 2011
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You’ve read the book, now watch the film. September’s daytime screenings celebrate screen adaptations of books. And there are some classics. The schedule is as follows: Mondays 12 noon: The Old Garden. 3pm: The Old Potter Tuesdays 12 noon: My Sassy Girl. 3pm: He Was Cool Wednesdays 12 noon: Portrait of a Beauty. 3pm: A […]

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Take Care of My Cat at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 2 September 2011
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Take Care of My Cat is commonly included in critics’ choices of the top Korean films of the decade. Fans of actress Bae Doo-na need not hesitate. Title: Take Care of My Cat (2000) Director: Jeong Jae-eun Running Time: 112mins Screening Date: 7pm, 8 September, 2011 Number of Seats: 130 Theatre: Multi Purpose Hall, KCCUK […]

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Event news: The Murmuring to screen at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 21 August 2011
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The second film this month to explore the sensitive topic of Korea’s relations with Japan in the twentieth century is The Murmuring (낮은 목소리 1995), a documentary by Byeon Yeong-ju. The film also dovetails with the films next month, which are by female directors. The Murmuring is the first of three documentaries by Director Byeon […]

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Hurrah! For Freedom at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 8 August 2011
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August is the month when we remember Korea’s emergence from Japanese colonial rule on Independence Day, 15th August 1945. The first film to screen is as follows: Hurrah! For Freedom (1946) 7pm, Thursday 11th August Director: Choi In-kyu Cast: Jeon Chang-geun, Hwang Yeo-heui, Yu Gye-seon Genre: Drama Certificate: 12 (South Korea) Running Time: 80 mins […]

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A Summer of Sports: August daytime screenings at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 5 August 2011
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I always think that I’m not a fan of sporting movies, particularly feelgood ones as they often are. But of the Korean ones I’ve seen, well, I’ve really rather enjoyed them. Marathon, which is included in this month’s collection of films, is much to be recommended. I haven’t seen the rest, but the gay ssireum […]

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Twilight Gangster at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 26 July 2011
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The 75th Korean Film Night at the KCC the Thursday continues the theme of the more mature female star: Twilight Gangster (2010) 7pm, Thursday 28th July Director: Kang Hyo-jin Cast: Kim Do-yeon, Kim Su-mi, Im Chang-jung Genre:Action Comedy Certificate: 12 (South Korea) Running Time: 107 mins Venue: The Korean Cultural Centre UK Ground Floor, Grand […]

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Mother to screen at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 12 July 2011
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The 74th evening screening at the KCC this Thursday, 14 July, is Bong Joon-ho’s 2009 hit Mother: Time and date: 7pm, Thursday 14th July Film Title: Mother Director: Bong Joon-ho Cast: Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin Genre:Thriller Certificate: 15 (UK) Running Time: 128 mins Venue: The Korean Cultural Centre UK Ground Floor, Grand Buildings 1-3 Strand, […]

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July daytime screenings: fantasy films

by Philip Gowman 2 July 2011
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Each month the KCCUK library have been spotlighting cities or provinces of Korea with daily screenings of films set or filmed in those places. This month is no different as we celebrate the wonderful area of Puchon and, in particular, the Puchon Int’l Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan). Puchon is deemed the cultural centre between two […]

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June’s daytime films at the KCCUK share a Kangwon-do theme

by Philip Gowman 11 June 2011
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Why Kangwon-do? Because it’s Dano time, the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. And the place most associated with the Dano festival is Gangneung, Kangwon-do, whose festival rites have been listed at UNESCO. Don’t expect to see the most obvious film associated with Kangwon-do though — the one by Hong Sang-soo — because there […]

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Twentidentity screens at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 3 June 2011
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Details of the two evening screenings at the KCC during June: Twentidentity (2003). It’s always worth checking out these screenings: often the films being shown are no longer available on DVD. That seems to be the case with this omnibus film. Director: Various Running Time: 83mins x 2 Screening Dates: June 09, 2011, 7pm / […]

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