Books and boffins
- The Korea Discussion Group at Chatham House hosts the former Polish ambassador to the DPRK on 11 April, and Glyn Ford MEP introduces his book there on 18 April.
- Professor Chang Hyo-Hyun of Korea University gives a talk entitled <구운몽의 英譯에 대하여> or “On the English Translation of the classical Korean novel Kuunmong (Nine Cloud Dream)” (in Korean) at SOAS on 15 April (5pm, Room B102)
- Probably Korea’s best-known poet, Ko Un, reads some of his work at the KCC on 29 April.
- The Korean Publishers Association participate in the London Book Fair, Earls Court, 14 – 16 April
- The Korean Cultural Centre continues with its exhibition of work from the National Museum of Contemporary Art.
- There’s an associated Gallery talk at the KCC on 25 April, 2pm – 3:30pm, given by Dr Lee Sook-kyung, curator at Tate Liverpool
- The Lisson Gallery is exhibiting Lee Ufan’s work from 2 April
- I-MYU presents “Of the Outer World” including work by Kim Duck Yong, from 10 April
- The Asia Triennal Manchester 08 commences on April 5.
- Byung-yun Yu conducts the Thames Philharmonia in an all-Dvorak programme on 19th April in Kingston Parish Church
- Min-jin Kym performs Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata and other works at the Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury on Thames on 4 April.
- Min-jung Kym (yes, they are related) plays piano quintets by Schubert (the Trout) and Mozart (for piano & winds K452) in Plymouth’s Sherwell Centre on 5 April. She also gives a solo piano recital at the Darlington Arts Centre on 12 April
- The Anglo-Korean Society and Korea Tourism Organisation present their evening of Korea culture at the KCC on 10 April. Apply for your tickets now.
- The Korean Language Meetup Group meets up in New Malden on 5 April and again in the West End on 26 April
Film and DVD
- Park Chan-wook’s I‘m a Cyborg gets its theatrical release on 4 April at the ICA in London. Till the end of the month.
- The ICA is taking the opportunity to screen the Vengeance Trilogy at the same time over the first weekend, 4-6 April.
- In more intimate surroundings, Lady Vengeance gets a screening at the Roxy in Borough High Street, followed by discussion afterwards, on 9 April.
- Kim Ki-duk’s Spring Summer Autumn Winter… and Spring gets a screening at the KCC on 11 April.
- 200 Pound Beauty, the unexpected smash hit from early 2007, will screen at the KCC on 24 April.
- Tartan DVD has two new releases and two reissues on 14 April. In the former category is Yesterday (Jeon Yun-su, 2002) which cashes in on the current prominence of Kim Yun-jin; and The Wig (Won Shin-yeon, 2005), which seems to be in the standard Korean horror vein. The reissues are Tale of Two Sisters and The Eye
- LKL moves to a new webhost, loses the /blog/ in its URL and upgrades to WordPress 2.3.3 (as a prelude to moving to the latest WP 2.5), all at the same time. Expect non-functioning plugins, hangul which reads as gibberish, all sorts of other strange characters and who knows what other bugs.
Do let me know if I’ve omitted any events which people should know about.