E J-yong

A feelgood Korean drama which the main character has a fatal and incurable disease, and who is writing an account for the benefit of loved ones when he is gone? Been there, done that. Well, not exactly: when the director is E J-Yong and the movie is an adaptation of a Kim Aeran novel, you […]

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Screening: My Brilliant Life + Kim Aeran Q&A

by Events Editor 8 June 2018
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One of my favourite directors, and one of my favourite authors. I’ll be there. My Brilliant Life (두근두근 내 인생) With author Kim Aeran Q&A Director: E J-yong (2014, 117 mins) Cast: Song Hye-kyo, Kim Seung-wook, Gang Dong-won, Baek Il-seob Original novel by Kim Aeran Thursday 28 June 2018, 7pm, KCCUK | Book here My […]

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LKL at 10 years: the best of the past decade

by Philip Gowman 7 March 2016
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Well, if you can’t reminisce on your website’s 10th birthday, when can you? Here’s a collection of some of my favourite London memories of the past 10 years (and one or two from slightly further afield). Some of the moments lived up to expectation: a front row seat at a performance by K-pop ballad diva Lee […]

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The London Korean Links Awards 2013

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2013
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Now in its eighth year, here are the LKL Awards 2013. The year has been both good and bad from LKL’s perspective. Good because there seem to have been more events, more books, more films and more music than ever before as Korean culture gets more and more public attention. And bad because our day […]

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Festival Film Review: Behind the Camera — the Q&A of the feature of the documentary of the making of the …

by Philip Gowman 14 December 2013
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British cinema-goers are used to a short commercial before the main feature in which a film director is pitching his latest movie idea to some corporate suits whose only interest is that the film should promote a certain mobile phone network at every opportunity. So it’s not such a strange idea that a well-known Korean […]

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Reality and fiction intertwine in E J-yong’s deliciously amusing fake documentary Actresses

by Philip Gowman 27 February 2012
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“Which one did you think is the most beautiful?” It was one obvious conversation opener at the bar after the screening of E J-yong’s Actresses, in which six of Korea’s top actresses aged from their early 20s to their 60s, gather for a Vogue photoshoot in a film which its director calls “part reality show, […]

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Asako in Ruby Shoes – E J-yong’s least accessible but possibly most interesting film

by Philip Gowman 23 February 2012
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Asako in Ruby Shoes (Sunaebo, 순애보, 2000) is the one E J-yong feature that the KCC hasn’t managed to fit in to its February focus on the director’s work. By coincidence, it’s also the E J-yong film that Hancinema hasn’t, to date, loaded up into its database. But despite its poor showing at the box […]

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E J-yong month concludes with Actresses + Q&A

by Events Editor 21 February 2012
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I’ve been enjoying this month. Even though I only managed to get to one screening of E J-yong’s films at the KCC (which happens to be my favourite one), I’ve used the month as an opportunity rewatch my DVDs of Untold Scandal and Asako in Ruby Shoes – both of which I enjoyed much more […]

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One year, 12 directors, 59 films, 12 Q&As. What could be better?

by Events Editor 16 February 2012
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The KCC have announced their lineup for their much anticipated “Year of the Twelve Directors” – a season unimaginable a few years ago. A very simple concept: four films by the same director, each month giving a mini-retrospective, followed by a Q&A with the director. And a very well-balanced programme it is, featuring veteran directors […]

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On rewatching some favourite films: An Affair and Secret Sunshine

by Philip Gowman 11 February 2012
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Last week, I re-watched two of my all-time favourite Korean films. Or at least, I thought they were. Film number one: E J-yong’s An Affair (1998), which was in the first dozen of Korean films I ever saw. I caught it at the 2001 London Korean Film Festival (yes, there have been Korean Film Festivals […]

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Dasepo Naughty Girls: two hours of colourful mayhem

by Philip Gowman 6 February 2012
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The KCC’s E J-yong month is shaping up nicely. This coming Thursday is your chance to see Dasepo Naughty Girls, one of those films which is so difficult to categorise. It’s a completely different film from E J-yong’s earlier work such as last week’s subdued romance of An Affair and the Joseon dynasty costume drama […]

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Dasepo Naughty Girls features choreography by Ahn Eun-mi

by Philip Gowman 5 February 2012
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Watch out for choreography by the amazing Ahn Eun-mi in the song & dance numbers of Dasepo Naughty Girls at the KCC on Thursday http://t.co/IMWsHxGX Keywords: Directors: E J-yong Event tags: 12 Directors – EJ Yong | Year of the 12 Directors People: Ahn Eun-me (안은미) Other tags: KCC film screenings

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E J-yong is February’s Director at the KCC. First up, An Affair

by Events Editor 28 January 2012
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After January’s successful focus on Lee Myung-se, February brings another Lee: E J-yong, or Lee Jae-yong (이재용). We start with An Affair (정사, 1998), starring Lee Mi-sook and Lee Jung-jae. It was one of the first Korean films I ever saw, at the 2001 London Korean Film Festival, and got me hooked on the Korean […]

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Untold Scandal screens at the KCC

by Events Editor 23 November 2009
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Notice of the next screening at the Cultural Centre, on Thursday 26 November: Title: Untold Scandal (2003) Time and Date: 7 pm, 26 November 2009 Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, KCC Director: E J-Yong Runtime: 120 mins Synopsis: Based on the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Untold Scandal is set in aristocratic 18th century Korea at the end […]

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Dasepo Naughty Girls screens at the KCC

by Events Editor 8 July 2009
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A fun film coming up at the KCC tomorrow: Dasepo Naughty Girls, 2006 (다세포 소녀) Director : E. J-Yong Runtime : 111min Venue : Multi-purpose Hall, KCC Time : 9th July, 19:00p.m. Synopsis Based on the popular Internet novel, “Multi-Cell Girl”, the film takes place in “No-Use High School”, a school renowned for its sexual […]

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