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IRIS – the movie – screens as part of K-Drama week on 24 Sept

IRIS is one of those Korean TV dramas that I’ve secretly been wanting to watch for a while. But as with any TV series, the time available never matches the time required. So to have the series distilled down into a feature-length film is a perfect solution for me. All the stars, presumably most of the plot, and minimal time commitment. I’ll certainly be there.

K Drama Week Opening Screening and Talk

Wednesday 24 September, 7-11pm

The Curzon Cinema in Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY
RSVP to [email protected]

Lee Byung-hun in IRIS

The opening event on K Drama Week is a screening event of the film version of the blockbuster TV drama IRIS (2009) and a conversation with Yun-ho Yang, Director of IRIS. With a stellar cast of Korean talent including (LEE, Byung-hun and KIM, Tae-hee) IRIS was one of the most successful dramas that Korea has produced with record viewing figures across Asia. Director Yang has proved himself a formidable director with a wide spectrum of works that started with Yuri (1996), which was invited to the Cannes Film Festival, International Critics’ Week.

The venue for the screening is Curzon Cinema in Soho, London at 7pm on Wednesday 24 September, the talk will begin at 9pm and be followed by a networking reception.

This is the first event dedicated to Korean Drama in the UK and opens our K Drama week, the chosen genre for this year is the thriller/detective genre.



18:30—19:00 Registration
19:00—19:10 Opening remarks
19:10—21:10 Screening IRIS (2009)
Cast: Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-hee, Jung Jun-ho, Kim So-hyeon, T.0.P
Synopsis: Korea is the only divided nation in the world. There is an on-going political and military tension. This is a story about intelligence agents in fatal missions to prevent the second Korean War. They are highly trained South Korean intelligence unit with no fears of death and no guilt for murder. There is no system, no organizations to guarantee their safety and not even government protect them.
21:10—22:00 Artist Talk
A conversation with Director Yang Yun-ho about production process of IRIS as well as discussion about the Korean Drama’s characters appealing to global audience moderated by Amanda Groom Managing Director from THE BRIDGE.
22:00-23:00 Networking


Yun-ho YangYun-ho Yang was born in 1966. He graduated from Dongguk University, majoring in film. He won many short film awards with his film Ga-byeon-cheo-sun (The Extra Lanes, 1992). His first feature film Yuri was invited to the Cannes Film Festival, International Critics’ Week. After his debut in the late 90s, he has made many films including Libera Me (2000) and Fighter In the Wind (2004): the former was awarded for Best Film in PaekSang Arts Awards and the latter was awarded for Best Director in Tokyo International Film Festival. Recently, he has expanded his career to directing TV drama series such as IRIS and Sweet City (2014), that was filmed and broadcast in China.


  • Jeju, the Island of the Gods (2011) Grand Prix (2010)
  • IRIS (2009)
  • Holiday (2006)
  • Fighter In The Wind (2004)
  • Liver a Me (2000)
  • White Valentine (1999)
  • The Best (1998)
  • Yuri (1996)
  • The Extra Lanes (1992)

Amanda GroomAmanda Groom has an impressive track record in production and as an international ambassador. She was MD of Channel Health for Sky Network and Head of Content for PCCW/IMG, a Joint Venture called Network of the World, the first ever broadband initiative delivering content channels across Asia. Amanda has also created European wide formats for Sony Pictures Television International, worked in development with the BBC, I TV, Channel Four, Fremantle Media and National Geographic Channel UK, and has for the last five years spent a considerable amount of time working with Asian broadcasters and in particular the Korean Communications Agency. Having begun her programming career in Australia with the ABC, Channel Nine and Network Ten, Amanda has over 20 years’ experience in global television production, programming strategy and channel management spanning four continents, Australia, Europe, the US and Asia.


(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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