Lee Chang-dong

Lee Chang-dong’s Burning (2018) gets a UK theatrical release, from Thunderbird Releasing, in the run-up to the Oscars, for which it is shortlisted in the best foreign film category. In London it has a run at the BFI, and no doubt elsewhere, from 1 February. The evening screening on 5 February is followed by a […]

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A look back at some of the films of 2018

by Philip Gowman 4 January 2019
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A wide variety of genres was presented to the London audience this year, from the return of the romantic melodrama (Be With You) to big budget fantasy (Along with the Gods). We also saw #MeToo beginning to have an impact, not just in the themes of movies such as Land of Seonghye and Testimony but […]

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Recording: Screen talk with Lee Chang-dong at BFI London Film Festival 2018

by Philip Gowman 3 November 2018
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In case like me you couldn’t get tickets to the Screen Talk with Lee Chang-dong as part of the BFI London Film Festival, here’s the recording on the BFI YouTube channel. The interview took place on 20 October 2018, the day of an anti-Brexit demonstration in London – which is mentioned more than once in […]

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Korean films at the 2018 BFI London Film Fest

by Events Editor 4 September 2018
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An exciting selection of Korean movies is lined up for the BFI London Film Festival, of which the highlight is undoubtedly Burning. Finally: Lee Chang-dong will be in town! All details below are from the BFI LFF website. Become a member and get access to tickets from 6 September, a week earlier than general release. […]

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Lee Chang-dong is September’s featured director at the KCC

by Events Editor 2 September 2015
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Lee Chang-dong’s first two movies are featured this month: Green Fish 초록 물고기, 1997, Cast: Han Seok-kyu, Shim Hye-jin, Moon Sung-keun Cert 15 | 114 mins KCCUK, 10 September 2015, 7:00 pm When Mak-dong returns to his hometown of Ilsan after two and a half years of military service, he finds that it has been […]

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I can’t believe he asked her that

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2013
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The context was this. It was the Q&A after the 4 April screening at BAFTA of Hong Sang-soo’s Hahaha, attended by the lead actress Moon So-ri, the first featured actor of the KCC’s Year of the Four Actors. Tony Rayns was talking to Moon So-ri about how she got her first screen role. Moon started […]

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Lee Chang-dong’s Oasis screens at the KCC

by Events Editor 12 March 2013
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Lee Chang-dong’s Oasis figures in most people’s list of top ten Korean films of all time, or at least of the first decade of this century: a compelling storyline which is both moving and shocking, with stand-out performances from Sol Kyung-gu and Moon So-ri. It will be screening this Thursday at the KCC as part […]

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Fribourg Fest honours two K-films

by Philip Gowman 2 April 2012
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Lee Chang-dong’s “Poetry” and Kim Tae-yong’s “Late Autumn” Lee Man-hee remake win awards at Fribourg Int’l Film Fest http://bit.ly/hHIAXU # “Poetry” won the top award, the Regard d’Or, while “Late Autumn” won the Special Mention of the Jury of the International Federation of Film Societies, and the Ex-Change Award, which is a prize selected by […]

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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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Where does “Poetry” rank among Lee Chang-dong’s films?

by Philip Gowman 26 July 2011
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With Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry getting its UK theatrical release on Friday1, it’s worth taking a moment to think about where it ranks among his filmography. His first film, Green Fish (1997), is also probably his least-known, and tackles Korea’s urbanisation. By contrast, Peppermint Candy (2000), which addresses Korea’s troubled modern history, ranks highly among many […]

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Korean directors on the panels at Cannes 2011

by Philip Gowman 9 April 2011
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BBC News – Bong Joon-ho to head Cannes debut filmmaker panel (Camera d’Or) http://bbc.in/dMrGOw # while Lee Chang-Dong is on the panel for critics’ week Keywords: Directors: Bong Joon-ho | Lee Chang-dong

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Five Korean winners at Asian Film Awards

by Philip Gowman 26 March 2011
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Lee Chang-dong among five Korean winners at Asian Film Awards http://bit.ly/i54Noc. The complete Korean list: Best Director, Screenplay (Poetry) Editing (I Saw the Devil) Actor (Yellow Sea) Supporting Actress (Housemaid). # Keywords: Directors: Lee Chang-dong

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Lee Chang-dong and Poetry at Cannes

by Philip Gowman 30 May 2010
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“Poetry” misses out on Cannes top award, but wins Lee Chang-dong Best Screenplay award. http://bit.ly/cfcKR2 # The Joongang Ilbo tells us that the Korean Film Council rejected Lee’s request for funding: the screenplay was too much like a novel ‘”Poetry” is a dazzling piece of screen portraiture. Yun Jung-hee surely a front runner for Best […]

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2010: a bumper year for Korean film?

by Philip Gowman 27 April 2010
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Not so long ago, the Korean film industry seemed to be in the doldrums. Darcy, Twitch and others were sounding notes of gloom that Korean cinema had lost its way. But then things picked up again, with blockbusters such as Haeundai, and new indie films such as Breathless making the headlines and bringing in the […]

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LKL’s top 10 K-films of the noughties

by Philip Gowman 26 January 2010
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Mark Russell led the way with his fascinating list of films of the decade – in which the biggest shock was that there was no Park Chan-wook. GI Korea also has a list, which redresses the balance somewhat. So here is mine. Over the years I’ve been reasonably diligent in giving marks out of 10 […]

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Alienation and industrialisation in Green Fish

by Matthew Jackson 13 July 2008
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Matthew Jackson encounters Lee Chang Dong for the first time “Good, but gruelling” was Jason Bechervaise’s summary of the film for me in the lift in on the way up to the screening of ‘Green Fish’ at the Cultural Centre on Thursday night. I later learned this film had been the subject of his dissertation, […]

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Lee Chang Dong featured at KCC

by Philip Gowman 9 July 2008
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The theme for this month’s films at the KCC film club is Director Lee Chang Dong (right). A few weeks ago we had Im Sang-soo at the KCC talking about his “modern Korean history trilogy”; and the recent KOFIC book on Im says: Im Sang Soo is practically the only director now making films that […]

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