Abandoned Heroes No 43 screens in Wimbledon

A rare documentary – a UK premiere – on the fate of South Korean prisoners of war in North Korea. The documentary has English subtitles. Advance registration is required. Abandoned Heroes No 43 Wednesday 25 March 2020, 7pm Odeon Cinema | 39 The Broadway | The Crescent | Wimbledon | London SW19 1QB Reservation can […]

Swindler + Our Home screen at Crystal Palace Film Fest

Crystal Palace International Film Festival was founded in 2009, and presents a diverse programme of the very best Independent films from all over the world. And the cinema promises comfy sofas and lovely food brought to where you’re sitting. Sounds like a great way to spend an evening. Swindler Dir: Yi Dong-hwan (2018, 93 mins) […]

Bong Joon-ho’s BAFTA talk has now been uploaded

Bong Joon-ho’s BAFTA lecture at the Curzon Mayfair on 12 December 2019 has now been uploaded to the BAFTA Guru Youtube channel. The talk was part of a lecture series that “exists to celebrate screenwriters’ authorial contribution to film and gives esteemed writers a platform to share highlights and insights from their careers with an […]

Bong Joon-ho makes Oscars history

We almost feared that he had jinxed himself with that comment about the Academy Awards being “very local”. The comment, made in an interview with Vulture in October 2019, was made in the context that it’s “not a big deal” that a Korean movie had yet to be nominated for an Oscar (the nominations for […]

In the Absence screens at ICA, with Q+A

Amid all the justified excitement about Parasite, let’s not forget that Korea has another film with an Oscar nomination this year. Its producer, Gary Byung-Seok Kam, is in town to answer your questions at a screening at the ICA this weekend. In the Absence Dir Yi Seung-Jun, South Korea / USA 2018, 29 min., Korean […]

Recently published books on Korean film

Having done my list of upcoming fiction titles, I’ve been working on a similar list of upcoming non-fiction. But in compiling the non-fiction list I’ve identified several titles that slipped under the radar towards the end of last year. Three of them relate to film. No doubt, following all the buzz about Parasite, there will […]

Glittering Hands screens at SOAS

SOAS Korean Social and Environmental Justice Society host a moving documentary that will appeal to those who loved Planet of Snail. You can watch an Arirang interview with the director here. Glittering Hands 반짝이는 박수소리 + director Bora Lee-Kil Q&A Wednesday, 29 January 2020 at 18:30 SOAS | Thornhaugh Street | London WC1H 0XG Room […]

Exploring the 1980s Korean film collectives with Kim Hong-joon

Organised by the KCC in conjunction with Birkbeck, and acting as a prelude to the Essay Film Festival 2020. Exploring the 1980s Korean film collectives with Kim Hong-joon Saturday 15 February 2020, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT Birkbeck Cinema | 43 Gordon Square | Bloomsbury | London WC1H 0PD Admission free | Register on Eventbrite Filmmaker/programmer/academic […]

Kim Un-su interviewed in Korea Times

Anna Jiwon Park has a good interview with Kim Un-su (author of The Plotters, among other things) in the Korea Times this week. It’s a nice leisurely two-page read for the Weekender section, clocking in at 3,000 words. Park has an engaging conversation with him, and makes an interesting observation: His books not only have […]

The Hand of Fate screens at the Barbican

Can’t get enough classic Korean film now the festival has ended? Try this at the Barbican: The Hand of Fate + Introduction by Hyun Jin Cho Dir: Han Hyeong-mo (1954, 85 min) Tuesday 19 Nov 2019, 6:30pm Barbican Cinema 3 | Beech Street | London EC2Y 8DS | Book tickets Made one year after the […]

Film Screening: North Korean Ghost Ships

Nicholas Ahlmark (Director) Friday 22 November 2019, 5:15 – 7:00pm SOAS, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), Alumni Lecture Theatre Register on SOAS website Documentary filmmaker Nicholas Ahlmark, will visit to show his new documentary ‘North Korean Ghost Ships’ and give a Q+A. Director Biography Nicholas has built a career and reputation working on documentaries for […]

Parasite preview screenings + Bong Jong-ho’s BAFTA lecture at the Curzon Mayfair

Thanks to Andrew Heskins at Easternkicks for passing on the news. Update: In addition to the BAFTA lecture noted below, preview screenings are taking place in Curzon Mayfair and Richmond, with guest appearances from the director and / or Song Kang-ho, 9 – 12 December. Some tickets still left on the Curzon website. There’s also […]

Film Review: Love, Lies (Park Heung-sik, 2016)

An historic album made by a hitherto unknown Korean popular music singer from the colonial period is literally unearthed in a modern-day construction site. Miraculously, although the LP is damaged, audio engineers can restore the sound to something like the original, for broadcast on a golden oldies radio show. But who is the singer, and […]