Lee Byung-hun

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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Looking back at 2015: Entertainment news

by Philip Gowman 8 January 2016
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In the second of four retrospective articles, we recall some of the entertainment stories that caught our eye in 2015. We’ve left out a few of the more scurrilous stories. Also, a few sad deaths of people outside the entertainment industry. Entertainment Ode to My Father became the second-biggest box-office hit of all time, boosting […]

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Caught on the plane: Twenty and Memories of the Sword

by Philip Gowman 13 December 2015
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I always look forward to long-haul flights as an opportunity to catch up on all the movies I should have been watching over the past year. And having just returned from an ultra-long-haul holiday, I can heartily recommend Singapore Airlines in-flight entertainment. My only complaint is that there was too much to watch: if the […]

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Looking back at 2014: Entertainment news

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In the second of four retrospective articles, we recall some of the entertainment stories that caught our eye in 2014. Good year for: Popular TV drama My Love from the Star had an impact beyond its 21 episode span. The lead female character, played by Jeon Ji-hyun, managed to boost sales of trenchcoats in Korea, […]

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K-Drama week: Yang Yun-ho, IRIS, and the current state of Korean drama

by Philip Gowman 6 October 2014
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The KCCUK’s K-Drama week included the opportunity to meet the director of one of Korea’s most successful TV dramas of recent years, IRIS, which has been screened in 26 countries and brings film-like tension to the small screen. Director Yang Yun-ho gave a talk on the current state of Hallyu at SOAS, and participated in […]

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Looking back at 2013: the Register – anniversaries, marriages, deaths

by Philip Gowman 1 February 2014
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In the first of five articles, we look back over some of the milestones of 2013. Here we list some of the significant anniversaries, marriages and deaths. The Donguibogam was published 400 years ago. The Korean War armistice was signed 60 years ago The Marmot’s Hole started 10 years ago Marriages Footballer Ki Sung-yueng, to […]

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“This bad movie is more fun than anything else”

by Philip Gowman 30 March 2013
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“In a bad movie week, this bad movie is more fun than anything else” – the FT’s verdict on GI Joe: Retaliation. The first one was such fun and such nonsense that really you’ve got to go and see this one too.

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Why does Lee Byung-hun need two heads?

by Philip Gowman 8 February 2013
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Last year, Kara. This year Lee Byung-hun is releasing a doll of himself. But why does he need two heads? The doll comes with an extra attachable head among other add-ons, and according to the agency, will hit stores in Korea next year. The Joongang Daily doesn’t really explain why.

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Lee Byung-hun lives again in GI Joe 2

by Philip Gowman 14 December 2011
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Lee Byung-hun in GI Joe was one of my guilty pleasures of 2009, so I’m looking forward to the follow-up next year! http://t.co/O8bc06sZ

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Kim Ji-woon’s I Saw the Devil: more than just gore?

by Aashish Gadhvi 9 November 2010
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Aashish Gadhvi speaks on behalf of three LKL reviewers: Kim Ji-woon’s latest is a disappointment. Hype can be a film’s best friend or its worst enemy. In the case of some films it has worked (The Blair Witch Project) and in the case of others it has backfired spectacularly (Star Wars Prequels), but the fact […]

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A belated look back at 2009

by Philip Gowman 9 January 2010
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For the past 3 years LKL has concocted a quiz of the year as a way of gathering together some of the news stories which have most caught our eye. This year, as I came to draw up the list in mid December I found it hard to think of anything amusing or diverting: most […]

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Bungee Jump at the KCC

by Events Editor 7 September 2009
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The first of this month’s film screenings featuring the sadly missed Lee Eun-ju is Bungee Jumping of their own (번지점프를 하다) (Kim Dae-seung, 2001), also starring Lee Byung-hun. Here’s a synopsis, in fluent Konglish, from KMDB. The summer of 1983. SEO In-woo, majoring in Korean language & literature, has not believed in love and fate, […]

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Storm Shadow v Saya: Who wins?

by Philip Gowman 22 August 2009
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Just seen GI Joe; and saw Last Vampire last month. Who wins in the battle of Storm Shadow v Saya? I think Lee Byung-hun wins hands down over Jeon Ji-hyun, despite having less to do. #

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GI Joe – “utterly relentless”

by Philip Gowman 7 August 2009
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“Big, dumb, loud and utterly relentless. Everything you could want from a summer blockbuster,” says Time Out on GI Joe (Lee Byung Hun) out now #. Actually, it’s rather good.

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LKL 2008 Quiz of the year – the answers

by Philip Gowman 1 January 2009
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LKL’s annual quiz about the year’s events in Korea, including plenty of celebrity trivia.

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Lee Byung-hun on being the bad guy

by Philip Gowman 11 November 2008
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A report on Lee Byung-hun’s visit to London, including the Q and A session with Tony Rayns.

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Stars launch Korean Film Festival

by Philip Gowman 8 November 2008
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Kim Ji-woon and Lee Byung-hun were brought to London to introduce the flagship film of the festival, The Good the Bad and the Weird.

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