Lee Jun-ik

The first of the KCCUK’s “Teaser Screenings” for the London Korean Film Festival 2016 took place on Monday in the presence of Director Lee Joon-ik and the recently-arrived Korean ambassador. The chosen film was The Throne (사도) – a movie which was #5 in the 2015 Korean box office and deals with an incident in […]

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Event news: Lee Joon-ik’s The Throne screens at Regent St Cinema

by Events Editor 20 March 2016
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Returning to the period movie genre that made him famous, Lee Joon-ik’s 2014 The Throne explores the life and death of Crown Prince Sado. As homework, you are strongly encouraged to read the memoirs of Sado’s wife, Lady Hyegyong, failing which Margaret Drabble’s The Red Queen, for a version of his life with which to […]

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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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Brief film review: Hope / Wish (Lee Jun-ik, 2013)

by Philip Gowman 12 December 2013
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One of the more anticipated films of the 2013 London Korean Film Festival was Lee Jun-ik’s Hope, a harrowing family drama examining the long-term effects caused by the traumatic sexual assault on a young girl by a construction worker near her school. It’s a powerful film which one won’t watch for pleasure, or indeed watch […]

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Lee Joon-ik’s Sunny screens at the KCC

by Events Editor 19 June 2012
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This month’s screenings at the KCC show what a versatile director Lee Joon-ik is. After the famous King and the Clown and the musical buddy movie The Happy Life comes Sunny, set in the Vietnam War era – 21 June at the KCC. Director: LEE Joon-ik Running Time: 126 mins (Eng subtitles) Screening Date: 7PM, […]

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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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King and the Clown screens at the KCC

by Events Editor 6 April 2009
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Details of an upcoming screening at the Korean Cultural Centre

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London Korean Film Festival 2007 programme details

by Events Editor 10 October 2007
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Here’s the running order. Some commentary to follow tomorrow. Breath (숨) (12A) (2007) Dir Kim Ki-duk (김기덕) 84 min / Opening Gala Special Preview 19:30 / Introduced by special guest Ambassador Dr. Cho Yoon-Je of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea 2 Nov 07 / 19:30 / Cinema 1 The latest film from the […]

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The Grand Culture Project

by Philip Gowman 22 August 2007
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At the SOAS / AKS conference on 26 June, the talk by Kim Hyeon, Associate Professor of Cultural Informatics at the Academy of Korean Studies, had the title “the Korean Wave, Cultural Content and Cultural Informatics”. “What on earth is Cultural Informatics?” I hear you ask. You would not be alone. But read on. The […]

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BBC news video on recent London Korean Film Festival

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2006

A quick interview with Kwak Kyung-taek and Roger Clark, and a quick preview of King and the Clown, to be featured at the BFI London Film Festival. The presenter mentions that there are two other Korean films at the BFI festival. I can only find the one short film. If anyone can spot the other […]

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Get your preview ticket for the Oscars now

by Philip Gowman 29 September 2006

The booking lines open today for the BFI London Film Festival. If you want to see Korea’s entry for the foreign language Oscars, the King and the Clown, book soon. I always find these film festivals a bit crazy. All those films during working hours when people with jobs can’t go to see them, and […]

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Slim pickings at the 50th BFI London Film Festival

by Events Editor 16 September 2006
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This year’s programme has just been published. I’ve searched the website (and the brochure which thudded onto my doormat this morning), but I can’t find much of interest to K-film fans. On the plus side, there’s the King and the Clown (review on Darcy’s site here). Good news. (Oct 19). This film had originally been […]

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