TV shows

The upcoming week of Korean drama promoted by the KCC is your opportunity to sample three dramas or to binge-watch a complete series. Separately there’s a chance to see a feature-length theatrical screening of IRIS, but here are the details of the screenings of episodes from the TV dramas, which will be held at 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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K-Drama Week: Global Korean Wave Seminar, 23 September at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 10 September 2014
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Here are details of the talk by IRIS director Yang Yun-ho as part of the KCC’s K-Drama week. An opportunity not to be missed. It’s good that the Khalili Lecture Theatre has been booked for this. The normal room for SOAS’s evening seminars was uncomfortably full at the last K-Drama talk (by Winter Sonata director […]

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Korean Drama week: seminars, screenings and more

by Philip Gowman 10 September 2014
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An exciting few days are coming up focusing on one of Korea’s most popular cultural exports. I’m particularly looking forward to the screening of the film version of IRIS. As for most KCC-sponsored events, pre-registration is required via info@kccuk.org.uk Tuesday 23 September SOAS London University 17:30-19:30 Global Korean Wave Seminar Seminar about Korean Dramas by […]

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Now, what’s that book by Salman Rushdie called?

by Philip Gowman 2 September 2014
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North Korea’s rant about Channel 4’s planned TV series has now been translated into English on the KCNA Japanese website. Like most of their rants, it’s entertaining in small doses. I’ve often wondered why they invest in a translator that is only semi-competent. Here’s a select quote from the press release: The British authorities should […]

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Those Norks really are very sensitive…

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2014
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21 August 2014: “Channel 4 green lights North Korean political thriller Opposite Number.” On a covert mission in North Korea, the world’s most secretive nation, a British nuclear scientist is taken prisoner, triggering an international crisis which itself must be kept secret. Realizing their man could be forced to help North Korea finally weaponize its […]

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The Doctor Who roadshow comes to Seoul

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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In connection with a publicity screening of episode 1 of series 8 in Seoul on 9 August, the Beeb is running a little promotional campaign involving the Tardis. Here’s a sample of the photos from the hashtag #tardisinseoul. You can also try the hashtag #타디스인서울 or #닥터후. Download your own tardis here to cut out […]

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The Kimchi Slap (in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere)

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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Here’s the full clip from the MBC TV Drama Everybody, Kimchi. The incident in question is at 1’30″: If you’re happy with .gifs, here’s the cut-down version. I wonder how many shirts were ruined rehearsing this scene…

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The Hairy Bikers come to Korea

by Philip Gowman 17 March 2014
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Coming up this Thursday (20 March) on BBC2 at 8pm, the Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure finally brings them to Seoul. It will be on iPlayer thereafter, but I suspect viewers overseas may need one of those browser plugins which fool websites into thinking you’re logged in from a different country. The Bikers’ programmes are always […]

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Love, Korean Style! Drama and the Korean Wave

by Philip Gowman 24 February 2014
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An addition to the Spring term series of seminars at SOAS, given by the director of Winter Sonata and other famous TV drama series. Love, Korean Style! Drama and the Korean Wave Director Yun Seokho (Winter Sonata & SOAS Visiting Scholar) Date: 7 March 2014, 5:15 – 7:00 PM Venue: Russell Square, College Buildings Room […]

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For the easy solution to watching K-drama in the UK, here’s your answer

by Philip Gowman 29 January 2014
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All you folks who have been wondering how to watch Korean TV dramas in the UK without installing some unsightly satellite dish which makes it look as if your house is inhabited either by a spy or a sporting nutcase, here’s your answer: DramaFever is about to launch here, cannily stealing a march on EastAsiaTV, […]

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Some Quite Interesting Korean folk expressions

by Philip Gowman 27 October 2013
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The witty comedy quiz show QI is now in its 11th series for the BBC, focusing on Quite Interesting facts connected with things that begin with the letter K. Plenty of scope for things Korean to crop up, then. In the episode that screened on 21 September, a series of Korean folk expressions came up. […]

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A quick look at South Korean TV shows – coming up on Channel 4

by Philip Gowman 3 July 2013
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I always used to enjoy Daisy Donovan’s slots on Channel 4’s all-too-short-lived 11 O’Clock Show, so I’m looking forward to seeing her front a programme which takes a look at the weird and wonderful world of South Korean TV. According to United K-pop, one of the shows featured will be Infinite Challenge. But the blurb […]

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Collaboration and adaptation for inspiration – the second SOAS Years of Radical Change conference

by Philip Gowman 6 June 2013
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SOAS’s second Years of Radical Change conference, held 31 May – 1 June this year, expanded its remit to deal with Korean screen culture in its widest sense. We are used to conferences about South Korean films, but this year TV and video games were among the topics discussed. And on the second day of […]

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I compromised the LSE and my tour guides…

by Philip Gowman 15 April 2013
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“I compromised the LSE and my tour guides, and all I could produce was a lousy tourist video,” would be a suitable slogan for the T-shirt of tonight’s BBC Panorama programme. OK, so they also interviewed BR Myers, John Everard and a defector or two, but really it was not worth all the hype and […]

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DramaFever hosts fan choice awards for K-Drama

by Philip Gowman 23 March 2013
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UK netizens possibly won’t make much use of DramaFever as their episodes of K-Drama series are limited to IP addresses in the Americas. But K-drama fans wherever you are may want to participate in their fan choice awards for K-drama, which are open for voting until the end of March. This is the first year […]

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Extreme School?

by Philip Gowman 18 March 2013
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I’m not sure that it’s appropriate to call the particular school in South Korea “extreme”. Pupils showing respect and working hard shouldn’t be regarded as extreme. Rather, wouldn’t it be nice if the behaviour of the two Swansea kids was regarded as extreme? On CBBC, 21 March at 4:30pm Extreme School: South Korea Two year […]

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