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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, and no doubt elsewhere, from 1 February. The evening screening on 5 February is followed by a […]

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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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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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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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A quiet look at the LKFF’s 2018 programme

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2018
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The London Korean Film Festival returns for its 13th edition next month with a slightly quieter tone than in some previous years. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s as if the organisers are saying that, as the festival enters its teenage years, the audience is becoming grown-up enough not to require a diet of […]

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London East Asia Film Festival 2018 programme announced

by Events Editor 24 September 2018
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As in previous years, the London East Asia Film Festival has a strong representation of Korean films. Although this year there is a focus on Taiwan and the Nara International Film Festival, there’s also a focus on the work of actor Kim Yoon-seok, who also features in the opening movie, Dark Figure of Crime. At […]

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London Korean Film Festival 2018: press release and detailed schedule

by Events Editor 18 September 2018
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The 2018 London Korean Film Festival programme was announced at last night’s final teaser screening. The press release is set out below, and at the bottom of the page is the detailed schedule: The 13th London Korean Film Festival London: 1 – 14 November 2018 UK tour: 15 – 25 November 2018 LONDON, 17 September […]

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Lady from 406 screens at Frightfest

by Events Editor 26 August 2018
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Blink and you’ll miss it, but there’s some Korean interest at Frightfest this weekend. Included in a showcase of short films is The Lady from 406 by director Lee Kyoung-mi (The Truth Beneath) starring Lee Young-ae. The Lady from 406 (아랫집 – UK Premiere) Part of Short Film Showcase 3 Prince Charles Discovery 1 Monday […]

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Final LKFF Teaser: A Tiger in Winter

by Events Editor 25 August 2018
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So glad we’re getting to see another Lee Kwang-guk movie in London. I really enjoyed the focus on his movies back in the 2015 festival. This final LKFF 2018 teaser screening gives the opportunity for the official launch of the 2018 festival programme. The main festival runs 1 – 14 November 2018. A Tiger in […]

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Along with the Gods: Last 49 Days gets UK release

by Events Editor 11 August 2018
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The London East Asia Film Festival presents a special screening of the biggest box office hit in Korea, Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days as a UK premiere. The pre-fest screening will be presenting a double bill of Along With The Gods – Part 1 and 2. Along with the Gods: The Last […]

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LKFF Teaser #5: Gonjiam – Haunted Asylum

by Events Editor 31 July 2018
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The last LKFF teaser screening of the summer dovetails nicely with Frightfest (which this year occurs 23-27 August): the found footage horror movie Gonjiam by director Jeong Beom-sik, who also brought us the horror movie Epitaph (2007). Note that the London screening is at a later time than usual. Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (곤지암) Director: Jeong […]

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KCC Screening: Black Republic

by Events Editor 25 July 2018
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The final screening in the Rebels with a Cause season: Black Republic (그들도 우리처럼) Director: Park Kwang-Su (1990, 102 mins) Cast: Moon Sung-keun, Park Joong-hoon, Shim Hye-jin, Hwang Hae Thursday 23 August 2018 7:00 pm @KCCUK | Book tickets Opening on a pitch black screen, we begin to hear a voice: it is the words […]

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KCC Screening: Mandala

by Events Editor 22 July 2018
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The fifth screening in the Rebels with a Cause season: Mandala (만다라) Director: Im Kwon-taek (1981, 112 mins) Cast: Ahn Sung-Ki, Jeon Moo-song, Bang Hee, Gi Jeong-su Thursday, 16 August 2018 7:00 pm @KCCUK | Book tickets Set in contemporary Korea, Mandala follows two rather different characters: Pob-un, a young Buddhist monk who has decided […]

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KCC Screening: Barefooted Young

by Events Editor 21 July 2018
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The fourth screening in the Rebels with a Cause season: Barefooted Young (맨발의 청춘) With introduction by Emily Steele Director: Kim Ki-duk (1964, 115 mins) Cast: Shin Seong-il, Um Aeng-ran, Yoon Il-bong, Lee Yea-chun Thursday 9 August 2018 7:00 pm @KCCUK | Book tickets Adolescent films first gained widespread popularity in Korea during the 1960s; […]

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KCC Screening: A Woman Judge

by Events Editor 18 July 2018
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The third screening in the Rebels with a Cause season: A Woman Judge (여판사) Director: Hong Eun-won (1962, 87 mins) Cast: Kim Seung-Ho, Moon Jung-Suk, Yu Gye-seon, Kim Seok-hun Thursday 2 August 2018 7:00 pm @KCCUK | Reserve a seat With introduction by Johan Hallstrom A young, determined woman, Jin-suk, has her mind set on […]

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KCC Screening: The Sea Knows

by Events Editor 15 July 2018
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The second in the KCC’s Rebels with a Cause season: The Sea Knows (현해탄은 알고 있다) Director: Kim Ki-young (1961, 119 mins) Cast: Woon-ha Kim, Sang-sa Lee, Ye-chun Lee 26 July 2018 7:00 pm @KCCUK | Book tickets Includes conversation between Danielle Capretti and Dr Mark Morris. In 1944, Japan is conscripting Koreans into the […]

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LKFF 2018 Teaser Screening #4: Claire’s Camera

by Events Editor 29 June 2018
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The next LKFF teaser screening is Hong Sang-soo’s Claire’s Camera, which will be a complete contrast with this month’s 1987. Claire’s Camera (클레어의 카메라) Hong Sang-soo (2017, 69 mins) Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Kim Min-hee, Chang Mi-hee, Jung Jin-young Monday 23 July 2018, 7pm | Regent Street Cinema | Book tickets Acclaimed director Hong Sangsoo returns […]

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