So many highlights this month it’s difficult to know where to start.
- Hong Sang-soo is in town for a complete retrospective of his work at the BFI South Bank. A cut down version of the retrospective will be touring the nation. Q&A on 3 September in London after Ha Ha Ha, and one at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse on 7 September after Woman is the Future of Man.
- The KCC screenings this month are The Scam (9 Sept) and A Million (23 Sept)
- Bong Joon-ho’s Mother is on at the ICA and elsewhere.
Festival and Music
- The Thames Festival brings laid-back acid jazz from Winterplay, creative gugak from Won Il’s Baramgot (undoubtedly the standout live Korean performance of the year when they came in 2008) and lively physical theatre from Korea’s breakdancers in Breakout! 11 – 12 September just behind the London Eye. You can even get your photo taken with Pororo the little Penguin.
- Winterplay performs in a warm-up gig at the KCC on 10 September
- Baramgot stays in town to play the Purcell Room on 13 September.
New releases / publications
- Nah Youn Sun releases Same Girl on ACT on 27 September, and Kim Young-na’s Your Republic is Calling You is published in translation on 20 September. Enthusiastic reviews of both coming very soon.
- Michael Shin and Daniel Levitsky talk at Asia House on Korean War: Memory and Legacy, North and South on 16 September
- On the Line – a photo exhibition inspired by the Korean War, runs 8-25 September at the KCC
Food and Social
- The AKS Diners meetup on 1 September at Woojung
- The Korean Language Meetup Group also convenes on 1 September at Truckles
- The K-pop team has a Tae Yang special at Fire Club on 4 September
- The AKS celebrates Chuseok at the KCC on 22 September
- Kiejo Sarsfield re-starts her informal cookery classes this month, 5th, 11th, 18th, 25th of September