Film & TV

Join the Korea Future Initiative and Connect: North Korea on February 22nd at 7pm in New Malden Methodist Church for a screening of ‘The Gift of Love’, a new film by North Korean exile and film director Gim Gyu Min. Following the screening, Mr Gim will join for a Q+A. Screening of ‘The Gift of […]

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Sleepers in Venice screening at London International Filmmaker Festival

by Events Editor 2 February 2019
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I didn’t make it to Venice in 2015, so I managed to miss Sleepers in Venice, a group show of Korean artists curated by Stephanie Seungmin Kim. Fortunately, she producted a documentary of the whole thing, which you can catch at the London International Filmmaker Festival this month. Be there. Sleepers in Venice Directed & […]

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Screening + Q+A: In the Absence

by Events Editor 29 January 2019
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From the director / producer team that brought you Planet of Snail comes a documentary on the sinking of the Sewol: In the Absence (2018) with Gary Byung-Seok Kam (Producer) 6 February 2019, 7:15 – 8:30 PM SOAS | Brunei Gallery Room: BG01 | Online Registration required Grand Jury Award, DOC NYC 2018 Official selection, […]

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Screening: Stories from the Clean Room

by Events Editor 26 January 2019
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SOAS Korean Social and Environmental Justice Society hosts Stories from the Clean Room: a documentary about workers who are dying to make the electronics we cannot live without. Stories from the Clean Room is a documentary exposing the dirty truths about toxic chemicals and harm to workers in the electronics industry. The film, made by […]

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Kim Hong-joon Presents Short Essay Films on Korean Classic Cinema

by Events Editor 24 January 2019
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Kim Hong-joon’s talk dovetails nicely with the Early Korean Cinema season at the BFI. Plus, he’s always an interesting speaker, so this event should not be missed. Kim Hong-joon Presents Short Essay Films on Korean Classic Cinema Thursday 14 February 2019, 19:00 – 22:00 GMT Korean Cultural Centre | Grand Buildings | 1 – 3 […]

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Lee Chang-dong’s Burning – Theatrical release

by Events Editor 16 January 2019
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Lee Chang-dong’s Burning (2018) gets a UK theatrical release, from Thunderbird Releasing, in the run-up to the Oscars, for which it is shortlisted in the best foreign film category. In London it has a run at the BFI, among other venues, from 1 February. The evening screening on 5 February is followed by a Critics […]

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Jihoon Kim introduces his Korean Documentary Cinema project

by Events Editor 14 January 2019
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Jihoon Kim presents an introduction to his in-progress book project. Two days later at the KCC he will focus on a particular aspect of the project. Post-vérité Turns: Korean Documentary Cinema in the 21st Century Tue 22 January 2019, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT Room UG.04 | Westminster School of Art | 309 Regent Street | […]

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Early Korean Cinema season at the BFI and KCC

by Events Editor 13 January 2019
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Tickets for the Early Korean Cinema season at the BFI, which was announced as last year’s London korean Film festival came to an end, go on sale on 15 January. The organisers particularly direct our attention to two screenings: THU 7 FEB, 18:00 – OPENING SCREENING WITH LIVE PERFORMANCE + INTRO: Crossroads of Youth 청춘의 […]

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Jihoon Kim on the ‘Archival Turn’ of recent Korean Documentary Cinema

by Events Editor 10 January 2019
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Associate professor of cinema and media studies at Chung-ang University, Jihoon Kim will speak at the KCCUK on 24 January, examining recent tendencies in South Korean documentary cinema. Includes film screenings Cyclical Night (17m) + 88/18 (57m). The talk focuses on a particular aspect of Kim’s project on recent Korean documentary cinema. You can get […]

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A look back at some of the films of 2018

by Philip Gowman 4 January 2019
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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 […]

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Shifting Landscape – the first of the KCC’s film seasons of 2019

by Events Editor 18 December 2018
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The KCC announces its first group of screenings for 2019 – three early movies from the Korean New Wave. It’s nice that they’ve got three screenings in January – a month that has been something of a cultural drought for the KCC in recent years. Shifting Landscape The release of Park Kwang-Su’s 1988 film Chil-su […]

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Festival Film Review: The Return

by Bella Frey 4 December 2018
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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 […]

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BFI, KOFA and KCCUK announce archive exchange

by Events Editor 27 November 2018
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Something to look forward to in February 2019: BFI, KOFA and KCCUK announce archive exchange to mark the centenary of the birth of Korean cinema More than ten of Korea’s oldest surviving films to screen to UK audiences for the first time in February 2019 at BFI Southbank and the KCCUK BFI restorations to show […]

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Festival film review: This Charming Girl

by Robert Cottingham 23 November 2018
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Lee Yoon-ki (이윤기) This Charming Girl (여자, 정혜, 2004, 99 mins). Review by Robert Cottingham. You know how people talk about reality TV, even though there is nothing ‘real’ about it? Well, if you wanted to see actual reality, the sheer day-to-day mundane-ness of the average person’s life, then this film is the closest you […]

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Little Pyongyang Screening with Q+A with Mr Choi

by Events Editor 11 November 2018
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Join the Korea Future Initiative and Connect: North Korea on Dec 3rd for the first screening of ‘Little Pyongyang’ to feature a Q&A with the documentary’s star, Mr Choi Joong-hwa. The screening will take place in New Malden Methodist Church. Doors open at 7.15pm. Tickets in advance are £5; £7 on the doors. Proceeds will […]

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[Derry] Premiere of Douglas Gordon’s ‘Portrait of Janus: divided states’

by Events Editor 25 October 2018
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This year the KCCUK is really living up to its name: though based in London, it covers the whole UK. This looks really interesting, and I hope we get a screening and performance in London in due course. Douglas Gordon ‘Portrait of Janus: divided states’ Friday 9 November 2018, 18:30 – 21:00 St Columb’s Hall […]

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Mini review round-up: the 2018 LKFF Teaser screenings

by Philip Gowman 21 October 2018
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Sometimes I just don’t have the time to marshal any thoughts about a movie after seeing it. Daily life takes over any before I know it I’ve watched another movie and the memory of the previous one is dimming fast. But as I’ve been on holiday for a few days away from the daily grind, […]

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