October events 2016

Train to Busan

It’s a great month for music and film. And not a bad one for zombies.


  • The BFI London Film Festival has three must-see films: Na Hong-jin’s The Wailing, E J-yong’s Bacchus Lady and Park Chan-wook’s Handmaiden, plus a short: Keep Going by Geon Kim.
  • The London Korean Film Festival has the final teaser screening before its official opening on 3 November: the zombies-on-the-KTX thriller Train to Busan (6 October)
  • The London East Asia Film Festival has a strong Korean showing, including a Park Chan-wook retrospective, Kim Ji-woon’s Age of Shadows as the opener and Cho Jung-rae’s Spirit’s Homecoming, among many others. Park Chan-wook and others will be making an appearance, and there’s also a screening in Sheffield.
  • The KCC’s series of screenings focusing on Korean humour comes to a close with Kim Hyeon-seok’s Cyrano Agency on 13 Oct and Jeong Gyeong-ho’s Fasten Your Seatbelts on 27 Oct.
  • If you haven’t yet seen The Lovers and the Despot, the new documentary on Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee (review to come soon), there’s a chance to see it in a double bill with Shin’s My Mother and her Guest, 12-13 October.
  • The Deptford Cinema is screening E J-yong’s wonderful mockumentary Actresses on 21 October in collaboration with the KCCUK’s Korean humour programme.

Music and performance

Literature and discussion

Food and Festivities


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