CJ Entertainment

CJ Entertainment has been associated with some of the biggest and best films since the turn of the millennium. 20 years old this year, it is celebrating its birthday with a big splash at the 10th London Korean Film Festival organised by the KCCUK.1 Five screenings at this year’s festival are of CJ productions: Miss […]

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Festival Film Review: Masquerade deserved all the awards it got

by Philip Gowman 18 November 2012
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It swept the board at the recent Grand Bell awards – best film, best director and best leading actor among them. And for all-round entertainment, the closing film of the London Korean Film Festival 2012 deserved all those awards. Was a uniquely reformist tax policy set by a pantomime performer who was pretending to be […]

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Mother reveals Bong’s perversity

by Philip Gowman 24 November 2009
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LKL reports from the screening of Mother at the Bong Joon-ho retrospective at the British Film Institute on 14 November, with Q&A chaired by Tony Rayns. In a world obsessed with celebrity, youth and beauty, only a director of the stature of Bong Joon-ho could have got away with it. The big name star, Won […]

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Remembering Murder: from “Memories of Murder” to “Mother”

by Colette Balmain 14 November 2009
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Colette Balmain reviews Bong Joon-ho’s latest hit, and finds themes which echo his 2003 success Bong Joon-ho’s Mother, the Korean Film Council’s submission to the 2010 Oscars – 82nd Annual Academy Awards – under the category “Best Foreign Language Film”, has much in common with his 2003 Memories of Murder: a film based upon the […]

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Inshalla – Detente in the Desert

by Philip Gowman 19 December 2008
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A discussion of the first film featuring one of Korea’s most popular actresses, Lee Young-ae. Set in North Africa, the film was a failure.

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Conference report: the Korean film industry examined

by Philip Gowman 15 May 2005
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Notes from the industry conference at the Charlotte Street Hotel, 10 May 2005 One of the sideshows of the 2005 London Korean Film Festival was a get-together of industry representatives, academics and observers who made observations on current trends in the Korean film industry and the reception of Korean films in the UK. The first […]

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