In the Absence screens at ICA, with Q+A

Amid all the justified excitement about Parasite, let’s not forget that Korea has another film with an Oscar nomination this year. Its producer, Gary Byung-Seok Kam, is in town to answer your questions at a screening at the ICA this weekend. In the Absence Dir Yi Seung-Jun, South Korea / USA 2018, 29 min., Korean […]

Recently published books on Korean film

Having done my list of upcoming fiction titles, I’ve been working on a similar list of upcoming non-fiction. But in compiling the non-fiction list I’ve identified several titles that slipped under the radar towards the end of last year. Three of them relate to film. No doubt, following all the buzz about Parasite, there will […]

Glittering Hands screens at SOAS

SOAS Korean Social and Environmental Justice Society host a moving documentary that will appeal to those who loved Planet of Snail. You can watch an Arirang interview with the director here. Glittering Hands 반짝이는 박수소리 + director Bora Lee-Kil Q&A Wednesday, 29 January 2020 at 18:30 SOAS | Thornhaugh Street | London WC1H 0XG Room […]

Exploring the 1980s Korean film collectives with Kim Hong-joon

Organised by the KCC in conjunction with Birkbeck, and acting as a prelude to the Essay Film Festival 2020. Exploring the 1980s Korean film collectives with Kim Hong-joon Saturday 15 February 2020, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT Birkbeck Cinema | 43 Gordon Square | Bloomsbury | London WC1H 0PD Admission free | Register on Eventbrite Filmmaker/programmer/academic […]

A review of the Korean cultural year 2019

A review of some of the highlights and trends in the Korean cultural year, primarily in London but also with half an eye to anything we might have seen elsewhere in the UK. The review is a personal one, inevitably skewed towards the events we managed to get to. Introduction This time last year I […]

Kim Un-su interviewed in Korea Times

Anna Jiwon Park has a good interview with Kim Un-su (author of The Plotters, among other things) in the Korea Times this week. It’s a nice leisurely two-page read for the Weekender section, clocking in at 3,000 words. Park has an engaging conversation with him, and makes an interesting observation: His books not only have […]

The Hand of Fate screens at the Barbican

Can’t get enough classic Korean film now the festival has ended? Try this at the Barbican: The Hand of Fate + Introduction by Hyun Jin Cho Dir: Han Hyeong-mo (1954, 85 min) Tuesday 19 Nov 2019, 6:30pm Barbican Cinema 3 | Beech Street | London EC2Y 8DS | Book tickets Made one year after the […]

Film Screening: North Korean Ghost Ships

Nicholas Ahlmark (Director) Friday 22 November 2019, 5:15 – 7:00pm SOAS, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), Alumni Lecture Theatre Register on SOAS website Documentary filmmaker Nicholas Ahlmark, will visit to show his new documentary ‘North Korean Ghost Ships’ and give a Q+A. Director Biography Nicholas has built a career and reputation working on documentaries for […]

Film Review: Love, Lies (Park Heung-sik, 2016)

An historic album made by a hitherto unknown Korean popular music singer from the colonial period is literally unearthed in a modern-day construction site. Miraculously, although the LP is damaged, audio engineers can restore the sound to something like the original, for broadcast on a golden oldies radio show. But who is the singer, and […]

Screening: Returning, After Seventy Years

Wednesday 29 October 2019, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm SOAS | Russell Square | College Buildings Room: 4429 Register online here Synopsis In September 1950 the Daily Worker journalist Alan Winnington released his pamphlet “I Saw The Truth in Korea” which documented atrocities in Daejeon during the Korean War presided over by the South Korean […]

Foyles Korean Culture Month 2019

As last year, Foyles is running a Korean Culture Month to launch the Autumn, in collaboration with the KCC. Four events, of which the first has sold out. K-Pop Dance Workshop with LoKo Friday 4th October 2019 6:30pm – 7:30pm Level 6 | Foyles | 107 Charing Cross Road | London WC2H 0DT | Free […]

Review: Kokdu – a story of guardian angels

The death of a grandmother in remote, rural Jindo becomes dramatically intertwined with a stage performance by dancers, court and folk musicians from the National Gugak Centre as they portray the journey of a soul in the afterlife. The unauthorised purchase of a Jindo puppy by her two grandchildren gets them entangled in the drama […]