Home Truths season: The World of Us

Yoon Ga-eun’s debut feature The World of Us, which was one of the quiet hits of LEAFF’s 2016 Stories of Women strand, opens the latest season of screenings at the KCC. Paul Quinn on Hangul Celluloid is a big fan of the movie: see his review here. The World of Us (우리들) Director: Yoon Ga-eun […]

Why I’m beginning to warm to Netflix

After a rocky start with Netflix, I’m now coming round to it. I started subscribing to the online service in order to watch Okja, the Netflix-only feature film by director Bong Joon-ho. Although that particular experience was a big disappointment, I continued the subscription in case I was tempted by any of the other movies […]

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 […]

Sewol Ferry Disaster 5th anniversary events

Remembering Sewol Disaster UK is commemorating the 5th anniversary of the tragedy with a series of events: The 60th ‘Stay Put’ Protest Saturday, 13 April 2019 from 12:30-14:00 in Trafalgar Square Screening of the documentary Crossroads (dir Neil P George) Saturday, 13 April 2019 from 16:00-18:30 at SOAS, room G3 Screening of Bucket List of […]

Sewol Disaster 5 Year Anniversary: Screening of Crossroads

The first of three screenings that commemorate the Sewol ferry victims, five years after the original tragedy. Crossroads Director: Neil P George UK 2018, 82mins, English language / Korean language with English subtitles. Saturday, 13 April 2019 from 16:00-18:30 Free public film screening at SOAS, Room G3 | Check the Facebook event page for updates […]

Kim Chi spices up BBC make-up reality TV show

One of the more fun programmes on UK terrestrial TV right now is the reality show Glow Up, in which would-be professional make-up artists compete against each other. Every week a different guest celebrity make-up artist joins the show to critique the work of the contestants. This week, Episode 5, the show was graced by […]

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 […]

Brief review: Crossroads of Youth

Crossroads of Youth, Korea’s earliest surviving feature-length movie, was a great way to start the season of films from Korea’s colonial period. It is a season that could not have taken place 15 years ago, because these films have only recently come to light in the film archives of Beijing, Moscow and Tokyo. Crossroads of […]

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 […]

Movie review: E J-Yong – My Brilliant Life

A feelgood Korean drama which the main character has a fatal and incurable disease, and who is writing an account for the benefit of loved ones when he is gone? Been there, done that. Well, not exactly: when the director is E J-Yong and the movie is an adaptation of a Kim Aeran novel, you […]