June events 2007

Here are the events I know about for June. And please note that the London Korean Film Festival which normally takes place at the Prince Charles Cinema at about this time of year is not happening this year. There will however be a film festival later this year, organised by the Korean Cultural Centre. Academia, […]

Korean Seasons to launch the summer

The London concert-going public groans inwardly when it sees yet another advertisement for a candle-lit Vivaldi Four Seasons performed by a scratch orchestra at some central London church or other. Such a programme must put bums on seats or else promoters wouldn’t constantly recycle it. But we yearn for something a bit more innovative. Well, […]

New record price for Korean painting

Every few months there’s another news item in the Korean press about a new domestic record price paid at auction for a Korean painting. And each time, the artist is Park Soo-keun (Bak Su-geun, 박수근) (1914-1965). The most recent record was set this month (22 May), at W4.52bn: The previous record was for Park Soo-keun’s […]

Jeon Do-yeon wins at Cannes

Congratulations to Jeon Do-yeon on winning best actress at Cannes. She was an early front-runner in the competition, and just for once those early hopes of success were justified. For the first third of its nearly two-and-a-half-hour running time, “Secret Sunshine” feels like a slightly somber fish-out-of-water comedy (reports AO Scott at the New York […]

Korean social events this weekend

A reminder of the Korean language meet-up tomorrow night. For full details you need to join the Meetup group, but it’s an informal event which starts in a coffee shop in Theatreland in the early evening. Alternatively, or afterwards, there’s what seems to be another informal meetup in a bar off Trafalgar Square. This one […]

Myung-whun Chung in sell-out Barbican concert

If you’re prepared to turn up on the off-chance of there being returns, Myung-whun Chung is conducting the LSO tonight at the Barbican in what is becoming quite a popular coupling: Mozart and Bruckner. Piotr Anderszewski plays everybody’s favourite Mozart Piano Concerto — No 23, K488, while the meatier part of the programme is made […]

Stateside celeb update

Avid blogwatchers will find this particular post surplus to requirements. This post is for my own benefit, just in case I lose the various links which are hot at the moment but which may soon cool off. Rain’s ongoing efforts to achieve the unprecedented feat of winning LKL Man of the Year two years running […]

Book review: Kim Hong-joon: Kim Ki-young

Kim Ki-young, Ed Kim Hong-joon KOFIC Korean Film Directors Series Seoul Selection, 2007 KOFIC’s enterprise in bringing out this series is greatly to be welcomed. This current instalment is particularly welcome as English-language materials on Kim Ki-young are few and far between. (Chris Berry’s web project, House of Kim Ki-young, seems to be out of […]

Cleanliness is next to godliness

A post by Mark Russell over at Korea Pop Wars about a particular piece of junk mail he got recently – the first issue of Toilet World – prompts me to link to two other toilet-related articles which I’ve had in my inbox for a while. Links: Korea Poop Wars – Mark Russell at Korea […]

Korea at the Venice Biennale 2007: Lee Hyungkoo — The Homo Species

Details of Korea’s participation in this year’s Biennale: Hyungkoo Lee: The Home Species Korean Pavilion, Venice, 10 June – 21 November 2007 Curator’s Introduction The starting point of curating this exhibition was to reconsider the geopolitical and cultural specificities of the national pavilion system at the Venice Biennale. Since Belgium had its own exclusive exhibition […]

Chung Sung-ill: Im Kwon-taek

(Seoul Selection, 2007) Together with its sister publication, the work on Kim Ki-young, this book is the fourth and fifth in KOFIC’s series of monographs on individual Korean directors. It’s also the first time that KOFIC has charged for them. The first three were available for free download from the KOFIC website: these are only […]

Hanwha and Kim Seung-youn links

A lazy post to bring together some of the Hanwha coverage. Interestingly, not many of the bloggers seem to have shown much interest in the story, as far as I can see. (South Korean police officers carry the seizures after searching at home of Hanwha Group Chairman and CEO Kim Seung-youn in Seoul, South Korea, […]

Oldboy in top 20 foreign films of all time

The Guardian has conducted a readers’ poll of the top foreign movies of all time. Some of the usual suspects are there. Unusually, Seven Samurai doesn’t come top, that particular accolade belonging to Cinema Paradiso. Amelie is second, Seven Samurai third and City of God, one of the few films I’ve come close to walking […]

Call for papers – Edinburgh conference 20-22 Sept

Call for Papers: 4th Korean Studies Graduate Students Convention (KSGSC) in Europe Edinburgh, UK: 20-22 September 2007 The School of Social and Political Studies at the University of Edinburgh (UK) is pleased to announce the 4th Korean Studies Graduate Students Convention. The event is hosted by the University of Edinburgh (UK) and will take place […]