K-Drama + Korean television symposium @UCLAN

Hosted by the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK Wednesday 5th June 2019 (check-in and drama-screening Tuesday 4th June from 5 pm) Registration required on Eventbrite More details on UCLAN website. The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston, UK, is delighted to host a the K-Drama and Korean TV Symposium, which is devoted to scholarship on […]

Korean Screen Cultures Conference @UCLAN

Hosted by the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK Thursday 6th June to Friday 7th June 2019 (Check-in and film screening from 5 pm Wednesday June 5th) Registration required on Eventbrite. More details on UCLAN website. Pre-conference K-Drama symposium: Wednesday 5th June 2019 (check-in and drama-screening Tuesday 4th June from 5 pm) The University of […]

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite wins Palme d’Or

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite (기생충) is the first Korean film to take the Palme d’Or – the top prize – at the Cannes Film Festival. The awards were announced last night, 25 May. Announcing the 2019 CST Artist-Technician Prize, the Jury also noted Lee Ha-jun’s outstanding work as Artistic Director on the movie. According to Arirang […]

Home Truths season: My Mother and her Guest

The final screening in the current Home Truths season is Shin Sang-ok’s classic weepie My Mother and her Guest. We loved it when it screened at the LKFF twelve years ago. My Mother and her Guest (사랑방 손님과 어머니) Director: Shin Sang-ok (1961, 102mins) Cast: Choi Eun-hee, Jeon Young-sun, Kim Jin-gyu, Han Eun-jin, Do Kum-bong […]

Home Truths season: Woman of Fire

The fifth screening in the Home Truths season brings one of Kim Ki-young’s remakes of his classic Housemaid. Woman of Fire (화녀) Director: Kim Ki-young (1971, 98mins) Cast: Youn Yuh-jung, Jeon Gye-hyeon, Nam Koong Won 13 June 2019 7:00 pm @KCCUK | Reserve your seat Woman of Fire sees Kim Ki-young remake his stunning classic […]

Home Truths season: Lies

This X-rated movie was one of the first Korean films LKL’s editor saw, when it had a theatrical release in London in the early noughties. It doesn’t get screened often and it’s worth catching to see one of Jang Sunwoo’s more controversial films. Lies (거짓말) Dir: Jang Sunwoo (2000, 112 mins) Cast: Lee Sang-hyeon, Kim […]

Festival Film Review: Dark Figure of Crime

In a standard police procedural about a serial killer, a detective – maybe a bit of a loner, often with a drink problem – goes from crime scene to crime scene, from victim to victim, trying to fit together the pieces of the jigsaw that will eventually lead to the murderer, before the next crime […]

Screening: Daily Bread + 50 Years of Silence

Two films on the subject of a Dutch “Comfort Woman”. Daily Bread + 50 Years of Silence Arapina | 8 Little Thames Walk | London SE8 3FB 6pm, Wednesday 1 May 2019 Daily Bread Director: Ruby Challenger (Australia 2018, 15 mins, Dutch & Japanese with English subtitles. Historical drama) 50 Years of Silence Director: Ned […]

Screening: Under the Sky of Seoul

The fourth screening in LEAFF’s K-Cinema 100 series: Under the Sky of Seoul (서울의 지붕밑) Dir. Lee Hyeong-pyo (1961, 115 mins) Tuesday 7 May 2019 The Cinema Museum | The Master’s House | 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road) | London SE11 4TH | www.cinemamuseum.org.uk Doors from 6pm, screening at 7pm | Book tickets SYNOPSIS : This […]

Screening: Holiday in Seoul

LEAFF’s third screening in the K-Cinema 100 series: Holiday in Seoul (서울의 휴일) Dir. Lee Yong-min (1956, 90min) Wednesday 1st May 2019 The Cinema Museum | The Master’s House | 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road) | London SE11 4TH | www.cinemamuseum.org.uk Doors from 6pm, screening at 7pm | Book tickets SYNOPSIS: A couple decide to spend […]

Home Truths season: The Room Nearby

The third screening in the Home Truths season look like an interesting one: The Room Nearby (그녀들의 방) Director: Ko Tae-Jeong (2009, 106 mins) Cast: Jung Yu-mi, Ye Soo-jung, Heo Eun-kyoung, Sin Jin-hui, Paik Soo-jang Thursday 30 May 2019 7:00 pm @KCCUK | Book seat on Eventbrite Private tutor Eon-ju is living rent-free in a […]

LKFF 2019 Teaser Screening #2: Default

It’s hard to imagine a film about the IMF Crisis being compelling viewing, but this one has been getting some really enthusiastic reviews. I’ve booked my ticket already. Default (국가부도의 날) Director: Choi Kook-hee (2018, 114 mins) Cast: Kim Hye-soo, Yoo Ah-in, Huh Joon-ho, Jo Woo-jin, Vincent Cassel Monday 20 May 2019 7:00 pm @Regent […]

Home Truths season: An Affair

One of the first Korean movies I saw, and still in my top 10. An Affair (정사) Director: E J-Yong (1998, 108mins) Cast: Lee Mi-sook, Lee Jung-jae, Song Young-chang, Kim Min Thursday 9 May 2019, 7:00 pm @KCCUK | Reserve seat on Eventbrite Architect’s-wife Seo-hyun (Lee Mi-sook), is constrained and muted by domestic life, when […]

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 […]