Film

Yesterday the London East Asia Film Festival released details of the films it would be showing at its 2017 iteration. Plenty of Korean interest, as you might expect, with a focus on the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (last year, if you remember, they had a Jeonju spotlight). The opening gala screening, Hwang Dong-hyuk’s The […]

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London Korean Film Festival 2017: full programme details

by Philip Gowman 11 September 2017
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Details of the programme for the 2017 London Korean Film Festival were announced earlier this evening at the fun-packed and blood-spattered final teaser screening (Jung Byung-gil’s The Villainess). The detailed schedule is right at the bottom of this page, and the below press release gives us plenty to mull over in terms of the individual […]

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The Villainess gets additional London screenings

by Events Editor 8 September 2017
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Jung Byung-gil’s The Villainess, the final LKFF Teaser, is getting some additional London screenings. On the same night that the KCC is screening it at the Regent Street Cinema you could, alternatively, catch the “blood-soaked action extravaganza about an international assassin seeking vengeance” at the BFI (Monday 11 September 18:30 | NFT1). Or if you’re […]

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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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Final LKFF 2017 Teaser: The Villainess

by Events Editor 23 August 2017
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This final teaser screening for the 2017 London Korean Film Festival looks rather fun. And to add to the tease, on the same evening the programme for the main festival will be unveiled. See you there. The Villainess (악녀) London Korean Film Festival Teaser Screening + LKFF 2017 Programme Launch Director: Jung Byung-gil (정병길), 2017, […]

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Event news: Yeon Lee — Running Stage, at Coldharbour Studios

by Events Editor 18 August 2017
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There is a screening, book release and artist talk today featuring Yeon Lee’s Running Stage: Yeon Lee: Running Stage 7pm, Friday 18 August 2017 Coldharbour Studios | 26-34 Southwell Road | London SE5 9PG Curated by Eunice Yoo of I-MYU Projects. While collecting and repeating countless stories about memories, I wanted to experience the dynamics […]

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Think Korea 2006 – an introduction

by Philip Gowman 17 August 2017
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Think Korea 2006 was an ambitious programme of cultural and other events organised by the Korean Embassy as part of the “Korea-UK Mutual Visit Year”. There was, I believe, a reciprocal series of UK-related events organised in Korea, but I never saw any publicity about it. One event I do know of: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra […]

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Battleship Island gets a UK release

by Events Editor 9 August 2017
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Last summer it was Kim Seong-hun’s Tunnel that got a UK release even while the movie was still topping the Korean box office. This year the summer blockbuster Battleship Island, released in Korea on 27 July, gets some London screenings just two weeks later, from 11 August. The film raked in $27 million in box […]

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6th LKFF 2017 Teaser: Jang Hoon’s Taxi Driver

by Events Editor 23 July 2017
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How did we manage to squeeze in six teasers this year? Anyway, the latest is possibly one of the most anticipated Korean movies of the year so far. Here’s hoping it lives up to expectation. Taxi Driver (택시 운전사) Director: Jang Hoon, 2017, 137mins Cast: Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hai-jin, Ryu Jun-yeol UK Premiere […]

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Event news: the final three screenings in the Unwrapping My Korean Cinema series

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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The second half of the “Patchworks: Unwrapping My Korean Cinema” season of screenings focuses on youth film and in particular the impact that the Ha Gil-jong movie The March of Fools had on film-maker Kim Hong-joon. Kim will be there for a Q+A after his La Vie en Rose, and he will also be giving […]

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An introduction to the July / August season of films at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 15 July 2017
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Kim Hong-joon’s My Korean Cinema, which screened as part of the documentary strand of the 2016 London Korean Film Festival, provides the inspiration and structure for the July / August season of films at the KCC, curated by students from the MA Film Programming and Curating course at Birkbeck. They provide the background below: Patchworks […]

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Event news: The Knitting Club screens at the KCC, 3 August

by Events Editor 15 July 2017
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The third in the current season of film screenings at the KCC is a 2016 documentary that presents Korean women as everything from victims of circumstance through to creators of their own destiny. The Knitting Club (야근 대신 뜨개질) Director: Park So-hyun (2016) 98 mins Event Date: 3 August, 7:00pm Location: KCCUK Booking: Free admission, […]

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Event news: Women Now — a night of short movies at the KCC

by Events Editor 30 June 2017
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The second event in the KCC’s “Patchworks: Unwrapping My Korean Cinema” season is an evening of short films: Shorts Night: Women Now Directors: Yann Kerloc’h | Minha Kim | Yun Joo Chang | Bang Woo-ri | Lee Su-jin | Nils Clauss Running Time: 88 mins / Eng Subs 27 July, 7:00pm Location: KCCUK Booking: Free […]

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Event news: Shin Sang-ok’s It’s not her sin screens at the KCC

by Events Editor 30 June 2017
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The first movie in the KCC’s new “Patchworks: Unwrapping My Korean Cinema” season is a classic Shin Sang-ok film from 1959: It’s not her sin (그 여자의 죄가 아니다) Director: Shin Sang-ok (1959) 104 mins Event Date: 20 July, 7:00pm Location: KCCUK Booking: Free admission, booking essential. To reserve your place, please RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk […]

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Okja to screen in London cinema for 2 days

by Events Editor 23 June 2017
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So the rumours were true. Okja will be screened at a Curzon cinema, but unless you are a night owl or don’t have a daytime job you will have to take out a Netflix subscription and watch it on your TV. Okja Director: Bong Joon Ho Length: 131 min Cast: Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, An Seo […]

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5th LKFF 2017 Teaser: Lee Soo-yeon’s Bluebeard

by Events Editor 19 June 2017
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The next teaser for the London Korean Film Festival is a psychological thriller set in Hwaseong, site of a real-life string of serial killings from 1986 to 1991: Bluebeard (해빙) Director: Lee Soo-yeon, 2017, 117 mins Regent Street Cinema, 10 July 2017, 7:30pm Book tickets: www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/bluebeard/ South Korea has become known for its gripping thrillers featuring […]

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Event news: the 4th LKFF Teaser is Han Jae-rim’s The King

by Events Editor 28 May 2017
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After the gentle comedy that was Queen of Walking, it looks like the tempo will be picked up with the fourth LKFF teaser screening. Shame that it clashes with the conversation with Mike Breen about his new book… The King (더 킹) Director: Han Jae-rim (2016, 134 mins) Starring: Cho In-sung, Jung Woo-sung, Bae Seong-woo, […]

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