The KCC’s exciting lineup of teaser screenings for the 2021 London Korean Film Festival starts on 17 June. Discover the best in contemporary Korean Cinema. Films showing are Hong Eui-jeong’s beautifully shot Voice of Silence – which screened at the Glasgow Film Festival earlier this year – action-packed Korean megahit Deliver Us From Evil and stylish 90s-set drama Samjin Company English Class.
There’s also an online discussion with director Hong Eui-jeong on 4 July. Even better, apart from the talk all the screenings are in real cinemas.
Samjin Company English Class (삼진그룹 영어토익반)
Director: Lee Jong-pil
Cast: Go Ah-sung, Esom, Park Hye-su
Screen on the Green | 83 Upper Street | Islington | London N1 0NP
Thursday 8 July 2021, 6pm | Book here
In mid ‘90s when sexual and academic discrimination was rampant, 3 young high school graduates, Ja-young, Yu-nah, Bo-ram, are pushed into menial positions by their company.
When a memo goes around announcing that obtaining a score of 600 in TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) could earn them a promotion, the trio enroll in English classes in hope of finally advancing their careers.
On a routine trip to a company factory, Ja-young discovers waste water being poured into a nearby river. She’s convinced that shady dealings are afoot, and together with her 2 friends, she goes on a daring hunt to find irrefutable evidence.
Voice of Silence (소리도 없이)
Director: HONG Eui-jeong
Cast: YOO Ah-in, YU Jae-myeong, MOON Seung-a, CHO Ha-seok
Saturday 3 July 2pm | Curzon Soho
Thursday 1 July 7:30pm | Edinburgh Filmhouse
Thursday 17 June 4:45pm | Showroom Cinema, Sheffield
Discussion with Hong Eui-jeong and Simon Ward: Sunday 4 July 12 noon | Register here
Sometimes good people do bad things. Chang-bok (Yoo Jae-myung) and Tae-in (Yoo Ah-in) run a humble business selling eggs. The bulk of their income comes from providing spotless crime scene clean-up services to the criminal fraternity. Then, they are asked to babysit a kidnap victim just until the ransom is paid. They reluctantly agree and Tae-in is left to care for Cho-hee (Moon Seung-ah), a bright, capable 11-year-old girl who is soon re-arranging his world. A beautifully shot, bittersweet crime caper with an award-winning performance from Burning’s Yoo Ah-in.
After studying film at London Film School, director Hong Eui-jung attracted international attention with her sci-fi short Habitat. The film had its World Premiere at Busan Film Festival 2018. Eui-jung went on to direct the award-winning Voice of Silence, selected for Venice Film Festival’s Biennale College at the screenplay stage. Voice of Silence stars Burning’s Yoo Ah-in, and was the number 1 film in Korea on the weekend of its release. It has gone on to play in numerous international festivals, including Glasgow International Film Festival in the UK.
Simon Ward is a former film programmer at Institute of Contemporary Arts, co-founder of the Independent Cinema Office and owner of Palace Cinema since 2016.
Deliver Us From Evil (다만 악에서 구하소서)
Director: Hong Won-Chan
Cast: Hwang Jung-min, Lee Jung-jae, Park Jung-min, Choi Hee-seo
Thursday 24 June 5pm | Genesis Cinema, Stepney Green, London
Tuesday 22 June 7:30pm | Edinburgh Filmhouse
Deliver Us From Evil is a lean, slick, and action-packed chase movie following a South Korean black ops agent turned killer-for-hire contracted to find the kidnapped daughter of a murdered ex-girlfriend.
When an ops agent turned killer-for-hire, In-nam (Jung-min Hwang, The Wailing), travels from Tokyo to Bangkok to find the kidnapped daughter of a murdered ex- girlfriend the brother of his last target is hot on his heels seeking vengeance. As an already dangerous game of cat and mouse takes a sinister turn it soon becomes clear that In-nam may be closer than he realises to the kidnapped girl. Also starring Jung-jae Lee (The Face Reader), Deliver Us From Evil was written and directed by Won-Chan Hong.