Korean performances at Edinburgh Fringe 2019

A quick wordsearch of the 2019 Fringe catalogue provides the following items of Korean interest at the Fringe this year: The Happy Prince Children’s Shows (theatre, puppetry) Venue 21 | C venues – C aquila – temple 13:15 | Aug 1-11, 13-18, 20-26 | 45 minutes | Buy tickets Suitability: 3+ Group: Modl Theatre (Korea) […]

Festival Film Review: Dark Figure of Crime

In a standard police procedural about a serial killer, a detective – maybe a bit of a loner, often with a drink problem – goes from crime scene to crime scene, from victim to victim, trying to fit together the pieces of the jigsaw that will eventually lead to the murderer, before the next crime […]

Screening: Under the Sky of Seoul

The fourth screening in LEAFF’s K-Cinema 100 series: Under the Sky of Seoul (서울의 지붕밑) Dir. Lee Hyeong-pyo (1961, 115 mins) Tuesday 7 May 2019 The Cinema Museum | The Master’s House | 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road) | London SE11 4TH | www.cinemamuseum.org.uk Doors from 6pm, screening at 7pm | Book tickets SYNOPSIS : This […]

Screening: Holiday in Seoul

LEAFF’s third screening in the K-Cinema 100 series: Holiday in Seoul (서울의 휴일) Dir. Lee Yong-min (1956, 90min) Wednesday 1st May 2019 The Cinema Museum | The Master’s House | 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road) | London SE11 4TH | www.cinemamuseum.org.uk Doors from 6pm, screening at 7pm | Book tickets SYNOPSIS: A couple decide to spend […]

Chihwaseon screens at the National Gallery

The second in the London East Asia Film Festival’s KCinema 100 series is Chihwaseon by the veteran director Im Kwon-taek, which tells the story of iconoclastic Joseon Dynasty artist Jang Seung-eop (pen name Owon). It will be screened at the National Gallery. Chihwaseon (취화선) Dir: Im Kwon-taek (2002, 116 mins) Cast: Choi Min-sik, Ahn Sung-ki […]

LKFF 2019 Teaser Screening #1: Winter’s Night

This looks like an interesting start to the KCC’s series of teaser screenings: Winter’s Night (겨울밤에) Director: Jang Woo-jin (2018, 98 mins) Starring: Yang Heung-ju, See Young-hwa Picturehouse Central, Monday 15th April 2019, 6:30pm | Book tickets Picturehouse Central welcomes back the London Korean Film Festival for a UK Premiere of Winter’s Night. One cold […]

Screening: Hyperbolae of Youth

LEAFF’s #KCinema100 series, a celebration of the centenary of Korean cinema, starts on Friday with Director Han Hyeong-Mo’s HYPERBOLAE OF YOUTH (1956), one of Korea’s earliest comedies. The screening is at London’s historic Cinema Museum, once home to the great Charlie Chaplin. The screening will be followed by a reception with Korean food and soju […]

Two Koreans documentaries win at London International Filmmaker Festival

Koreans scored two successes at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema awards ceremony in London this evening. Producer and curator Stephanie Seungmin Kim collected the award for Best Director of a Foreign Language Documentary Film for ‘Sleepers in Venice’, which gives a behind-the-scenes story of the planning and installation of the collateral group exhibition […]

Korean Crafts at Collect 2019

I always enjoy visiting Collect – and not just for the Korean exhibitors. Obviously, though, it’s the Korean galleries that attract my attention the most, and it’s good to see the Korean Craft and Design Foundation back for their sixth year. They always present a high quality selection of work; but for me the highlight […]

A look back at some of the films of 2018

A wide variety of genres was presented to the London audience this year, from the return of the romantic melodrama (Be With You) to big budget fantasy (Along with the Gods). We also saw #MeToo beginning to have an impact, not just in the themes of movies such as Land of Seonghye and Testimony but […]

Festival Film Review: The Return

I was as delighted as I was surprised when I saw that the London Korean Film Festival had selected The Return for its closing gala screening. The huge numbers of overseas adoptions from Korea is often a sidelined subject and understandably wouldn’t be a natural choice when showcasing Korean culture and arts. But the 2018 […]

Festival Film Review: Microhabitat

Miso just about gets by, living in a cockroach-infested room, earning just enough to pay the rent by taking low-paid cleaning jobs. She has to budget carefully, and can just afford a couple of her little indulgences: smoking cigarettes (preferably foreign brands), and frequenting whisky bars for a drop of single malt on the way […]