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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 … [Read More]

A roundup of the early Autumn celebrations

As people return from their summer holidays and prepare for the autumn season, there’s a range of celebratory events that form part of the annaul cycle: from the Korean holiday calendar there’s Chuseok (celebrated over the full moon of the 8th lunar month – 12 -14 September this year) and National Foundation Day, also known … [Read More]

Shusenjo: Screening with Q+A with Director Miki Dezaki

A chance to see the film that whose screening was dropped recently from a Japanese film festival for fear of “incidents that could occur during the screening”. Shusenjo Friday 8 November 2019, 16:30 – 19:30 University College London | Robert Building 106 (TBC) | Gower Street | London WC1E 6BT Register via EventBrite The first … [Read More]

RIP David Kilburn

Many LKL readers will have been friends with, or had the great pleasure of meeting David Kilburn, who sadly passed away in Seoul on Monday, 7 October. David was a steadfast supporter of justice campaigns such as the Sewol ferry disaster and the ‘comfort women’ issue. He had his own personal experience of injustice in … [Read More]

Review: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism

Ha-Joon Chang: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Penguin, 2011, 304pp As a Cambridge University professor, Ha Joon Chang is of course highly specialized in his field of economics.  However, this book is written for the lay reader. The book is written in a very interesting format.  It comes as a series of … [Read More]

Remembering the Sewol – the campaign’s next phase

This month Remembering Sewol UK is moving from their regular location at Trafalgar Square, where they have had a monthly presence for over five years, to New Malden – London’s ‘Koreatown’. They will be providing leaflets, yellow ribbons and badges to the public and engage in conversation with those who are interested in or affected … [Read More]

Artist Talk: Heezy Yang meets Hurricane Kimchi

Heezy Yang will be giving a talk at the British Museum tomorrow: Heezy Yang meets Hurricane Kimchi Moser Room, British Museum, WC1B 3DG Sat, 13 July 2019 | 11:30 – 12:30 BST Free | Registration required Join us for a talk by Heezy Yang as part of ‘The Liminal’, the ‘Queer’ Asia Art Exhibition 2019. … [Read More]

Nine Confucian academies listed at UNESCO

For visitors to Korea (such as myself) who like to try to get round all the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites, the list just got longer. On Saturday 6 July, the World Heritage Committee included nine Seowon, or Neo-Confucian Academies, in the list. The nine seowon are dotted around the central and southern parts of the … [Read More]

Love without Boundaries: Wanee & Junah

This film has been on my to-watch list for around 15 years. Finally I might get to see it. Wanee & Junah Director: Kim Yong Gyun (2001, 114 mins) Cast: Kim Hee-sun, Joo Jin-mo, Cho Seung-woo, Choi Gang-hee, Kim Soo-jin Thursday 1 August 2019 7:00 pm @KCCUK | Book here Wanee is a disenchanted animator … [Read More]

Love Without Boundaries: Shorts Night

Another chance to see Oh Suyeon’s Blind Alley, along with Leesong Hee-il’s first short and more: this evening should be good. Love Without Boundaries: Shorts Night Birkbeck Cinema, Thursday 25 July 2019 6:30 pm | Book here While homosexuality in South Korea is not illegal – outside of specific regulations relating to the military – … [Read More]

An introduction to the Love Without Boundaries season of screenings

The KCC have provided the following press release that introduces the second season of screenings this year. The first season this year, Home Truths, was a great selection of movies, and if possible Love without Boundaries is even better: Love Without Boundaries Korean Film Nights continue with a second season for 2019 ‘Love Without Boundaries’ … [Read More]