Documentaries

As part of the Documentary strand of the 2017 London Korean Film Festival Lee Hyuk-sang of the activist documentary makers PINKS presented a pair of films on the Yongsan tragedy. The context of the tragedy was the plan to redevelop the Yongsan area as the US army prepared to move to their new base in […]

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Festival film review: Becoming who I was

by Philip Gowman 8 November 2017
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Nine years ago Moon Chang-yong and Jeon Jin were in Ladakh, Kashmir – a mountainous region 100 miles or so northeast of where the Dalai Lama lives, and less than 50 miles from Tibet’s westernmost extremity. They were filming a documentary about practitioners of traditional medicine in the various regions of Asia. Their subject was […]

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The Yongsan tragedy featured in two LKFF documentaries

by Philip Gowman 30 October 2017
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Those of you who have read and love Han Kang’s Human Acts will know that is is inspired not only by the Gwangju uprising but also the Yongsan tragedy. Hwang Jung-eun’s One Hundred Shadows is even more directly inspired by the same tragedy. It was a news event that was little reported in the Western […]

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Film review double bill: Bamseom Pirates and Criminal Conspiracy

by Philip Gowman 8 October 2017
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This weekend gave us the opportunity to watch two very different documentaries which cast their critical eye over contemporary Korean society and recent political history. Part of the fascination of both of them for UK-based Korea-watchers is the way they resonate: they provide, in the one case, a laser-like dissection of an issue of which […]

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Screening: Criminal Conspiracy

by Events Editor 1 October 2017
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News of a free documentary screenings courtesy of the Birkbeck International Documentary Society: Criminal Conspiracy 공범자들 Dir: Choi Seung-ho (2017, 105 mins) Birkbeck Cinema | 43 Gordon Square | London WC1H 0PD 7 October 2pm | Event’s Facebook page During the Lee Myung-Bak presidency Public Broadcasting in South Korea came under heavy government control and […]

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Screening and discussion: Village vs Empire — Jeju and Gangjeong

by Events Editor 15 September 2017
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A free screening (a premiere) and discussion relating to Jeju Island and the US naval base. Planetary Poetics Workshop: Village versus Empire (2016) Premiere and Panel Discussion 23 September 2017, 6pm – 8pm Darwin Lecture Theatre (LT40) | Darwin Building | UCL | Gower Street | London WC1E 6XA Please register here. As part of our […]

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Korean films at the 2017 BFI London Film Fest

by Events Editor 31 August 2017
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As far as I can see there are four Korean movies at the 2017 BFI London Film Festival: two very contrasting documentaries; the movie from festival favourite Hong Sang-soo that won Kim Min-hee the Silver Bear for best actress in Berlin this year; and an adaptation of a novel by Kim Young-ha by Won Shin-yeon, […]

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Kim Jong-nam assassination examined in BBC documentary

by Philip Gowman 13 August 2017
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Tonight’s documentary on the assassination of Kim Jong-nam is well worth a watch. In its 59 minutes there was hardly any padding and I didn’t notice any of the usual platitudes. It was full of content, and while I would have liked a bit more time on the China angle, that would have pushed it […]

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Documentary screening: My Brothers and Sisters in the North

by Events Editor 13 May 2017
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I was unable to post about this earlier as I was travelling in Korea, but this documentary made by a South Korean / German film-maker is still screening near Russell Square, until 17 May: My Brothers and Sisters in the North Dir: Sung-Hyung Cho Germany / 2016 / 109min Bertha DocHouse Screen | Curzon Bloomsbury | The […]

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Event news: Short films by UK based Korean directors

by Events Editor 23 April 2017
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All sorts of good things seem to happen at the Deptford Cinema. Don’t forget the screening of the Sewol documentary on Tuesday and The Journals of Musan on Wednesday, but tomorrow night, there’s this: Short films by UK based Korean directors Deptford Cinema | 39 Deptford Broadway | London SE8 4PQ | deptfordcinema.org Monday, April 24, 2017, […]

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Event news: Channel 4 documentary + discussion — North Korea’s Reality TV Stars

by Events Editor 17 April 2017
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This Wednesday’s talk at the Frontline Club, originally billed as focusing on the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, will now be an opportunity to preview and discuss the Channel 4 Unreported World documentary on the subject of the South Korean TV panel show starring North Korean migrants – “Now on My Way to Meet You” (이제 […]

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A reminder of Sewol 3rd anniversary events

by Events Editor 13 April 2017
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The Sewol ferry disaster took place three years ago, 16 April 2014. There are three ways you can mark the sad anniversary in London: The regular monthly silent protest will be held at the north-east corner of Trafalgar Square, in front of the National Gallery, Easter Saturday, 2-4pm. The Remembering Sewol UK group has been holding this […]

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Korean Film Nights April – June 2017: On Foreign Ground

by Events Editor 10 April 2017
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The second season of films at the KCC this year has been curated by students from the Film Studies Programming and Curation MA programme at the National Film and Television School. The season is entitled On Foreign Ground: Visions of Migration, and focuses on stories of immigration in South Korean cinema, a theme that was […]

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Free screening: SEWOL documentary

by Events Editor 30 March 2017
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Three years ago on 16 April, the Sewol ferry sank and 304 passengers died. As one of the events to mark this sad anniversary, there’s another chance to watch the documentary by Ok-Hee Jeong, which was screened at Birkbeck in January. Details: 8 April 2017 at 14:00–16:00 Venue: Room B20, Birkbeck University of London main […]

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Free Lunchtime Screening of ‘Kung Fu Grandma’

by Events Editor 8 March 2017
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Notice of a free screening of Jeong-One Park’s documentary: Kung Fu Grandma Director / Editor / Cinematographer: Jeong-One Park 27 minutes 15 March at 12:15–13:15 Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square Hosted by Birkbeck International Documentary Society Synopsis Korogocho, Kenya. A slum district of acute poverty and violence. In recent years, the settlement’s older women have […]

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Event news: The Apology screens at Human Rights Watch film festival

by Events Editor 6 March 2017
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Human Rights Watch film festival will be screening The Apology, a documentary on the subject of women forced into sexual slavery in WWII. There will be two opportunities to see the film, both followed by a Q+A session with director Tiffany Hsiung. The Apology (2016) UK Premiere, with Q+A with Director Tiffany Hsiung Wednesday 15 […]

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Event news: Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang is screening at Picturehouse Central

by Events Editor 31 December 2016
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My heart sank when I heard that someone was turning this eccentric piece of sporting diplomacy into a movie. And now it’s briefly in the cinemas… Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang Director: Colin Offland. 2016. UK/North Korea. 93min Picturehouse Central Sat 31st Dec 16:35 | Sun 1st Jan 16:45 | Thu 5th Jan 15:30 […]

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