In what must be the biggest-budget launch of the KCC’s third London Korean Film Festival, director Kim Ji-woon and actor Lee Byung-hun were brought to London to introduce the flagship film of the festival, The Good the Bad and the Weird.
Tony Rayns, the UK’s most established Korean film expert, was also there to celebrate. A few introductory speeches – including a brief welcome from Lee Byung-hun – opened the evening on Thursday, before a capacity screening of Kim Ji-woon’s kimchi western.
The party afterwards gave plenty of photo opportunities with the stars, while Barbican staff came round with glasses of soju and Korean-inspired dishes. Both Lee and Kim were generous with their time in posing for photos with guests. Inevitably it was the handsome Lee who was in greater demand.
Ambassador Chun was there, splendidly attired in white tie following a royal banquet with the Queen earlier in the evening, and he too wanted his photo taken. As of course did I. I think I need to get a suntan though:
All photos courtesy Lee Hyung-wook, Editor-in-Chief of The EAST, except where otherwise stated.
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