The 2005 London Korean Festival + Film Festival programme

Taegukgi, This Charming Girl, A Moment to Remember, Spider Forest, Rikidozan
Clockwise from top left: Taegukgi, This Charming Girl, A Moment to Remember, Spider Forest, Rikidozan

Here is a partial list of films that screened in the 2005 London Korean Film Festival. Although this post’s datestamp is May 2005 so that it appears in the appropriate month of this site’s calendar archive, it is actually being uploaded in November 2015, and is being posted for archival purposes.

I am grateful to Jason Bechervaise for providing the list, which he gathered in preparation for his chapter on the history of London Korean film festivals in Directory of World Cinema – South Korea, ed Colette Balmain.

Personally, I remember little of this festival. I think the reason for this is that, in common with many Korean events at the time, there was very little advance publicity and I had managed to book a holiday which took out most of the festival. Even more annoyingly, the lack of advance notice also meant that I missed out on the appearance of one of my favourite bands, Roller Coaster, who were also scheduled as part of the broader cultural festival. I did get, though, to the fascinating conference at the Charlotte Street Hotel, sponsored by CJ Entertainment, and to part of the video art presentation at the British Museum (which, as is often the case with Korean events) clashed with the conference.

Anyway, for what it’s worth, here is the partial list. Jason remembers there being about 17 films in total. It’s nice that there were some classics included. I think I got to see Rikidozan, which I found over-long, plus A Family and Spider Forest, both of which I enjoyed, particularly the latter.

  • Rikidozan (역도산, Song Hae-seong, 2004) (Opening Film)
  • Aimless Bullet (오발탄, Yu Hyun-mok, 1960)
  • Housemaid (하녀, Kim Ki-young, 1960)
  • Coachman (마부, Kang Dae-jin, 1961)
  • Woman Is The Future Of Man (여자는 남자의 미래다, Hong Sang-soo, 2004)
  • So Cute (귀여워, Kim Soo-hyun, 2004)
  • Spider Forest (거미숲, Song Il-gon, 2004)
  • My Generation (마이 제너레이션, No Dong-Seok, 2004)
  • This Charming Girl (여자, 정혜, Lee Yoon-ki, 2004)
  • To Catch A Virgin Ghost (시실리 2km, Shin Jeong-won, 2004)
  • A Family (가족, Lee Jeong-cheol, 2004)
  • A Moment To Remember (내 머리 속의 지우개, Lee Jae-han (John H. Lee), 2004)
  • Taegukgi (태극기 휘날리며, Kang Je-gyu, 2004) (Closing Film)

The festival was held at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, and tickets were free, on a first come, first served basis.

Trawling the WayBack Machine on the web, the only page of the festival’s website I can find in the archive is this one, which indicates that the festival took place 9-19 May 2005

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