News of what I believe is the first film screening at the new Korean Cultural Centre in London. In a joint venture with the Japan Society, Han Sang-hee’s Virgin Snow (Hatsuyuki no Koi) will be screened at the KCC on 26 February at 7pm. The director is in London at the time, so I assume he will be there for Q&A.
Hatsu Yuki No Koi (Virgin Snow)
directed by Han Sang-hee
Tuesday 26th February, 7.00pm
Korean Cultural Centre 1 Northumberland Avenue London, WC2N 5EJ
Hatsu Yuki No Koi, or Virgin Snow, written by Ban Kazuhiko and directed by Han Sang-hee, stars the most popular young Korean actor of the day, Lee Jun-ki and the princess of Japanese cinema, Miyazaki Aoi. This Korean-Japanese production is primarily a high school love story set against the cityscapes of Kyoto and Seoul. Min (Lee), a Korean high school student comes to Japan when his father, a potter, is posted to a university in Kyoto. Min meets Nanae (Miyazaki) and promptly falls in love with her. The relationship blossoms and they overcome both linguistic and cultural differences. Loosely based around the fact that the words for ‘promise’ are the same in both Japanese and Korean, the story takes a turn when Nanae suddenly goes missing.
The Director, Han Sang-hee will be present at the screening and will take questions at the end. The Korean Cultural Centre has also kindly agreed to serve refreshments afterwards.
To book a ticket for this event please telephone The Japan Society (020 7828 6330) or email info [at] japansociety [dot] org [dot] uk with ‘Virgin Snow’ in the subject, giving your name, email address and telephone number within the body of the message. You will be given a booking reference number once your place has been confirmed.
There is a preview screening somewhere in Hampstead on Saturday evening, 23 February, but no-one seems to know exactly when and where.
(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.