Lee Man-hee

Those nice people at the Korean Film Archive have given us a new year gift, in the form of twenty-one English subtitled classic movies newly uploaded to their YouTube channel. At least two of these have been available on subtitled DVD before (Come, Come, Come Upward and Gingko Bed) but I’m assuming these are new, […]

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LBF event 4 Mar: Books on Screen — The Road to Sampo

by Events Editor 28 February 2014
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The first of the KCC’s Korean Literature on Screen events. The Hwang Sok-yong short story on which it is based is pretty hard to find in translation. It’s part of a collection published by Heinemann Asia in the 1980s, logged on Brother Anthony’s site here, and available on Amazon for the princely sum of £112.14. […]

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The Korean Novels on Screen Programme at the KCC

by Events Editor 17 February 2014
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The KCC, in conjunction with the British Council, has announced its programme of films inspired by Korean literature. Two and a half of the films have their original stories available in English translation. The ones available in English are The Road to Sampo and Leafie. The half-film is The Scarlet Letter, which is based both […]

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Lee Man-hee’s Homebound at the KCC

by Events Editor 15 June 2013
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Not a very cheery film for the latest in the Women on Screen series, but Lee Man-hee is one of the greats. Lee Man-hee: Homebound (귀로, 1967) Screening: 20 June at the KCC, 7pm Runtime: 91 mins Paralyzed from the waist down due to injuries from fighting in the Korean War, Coe is sexually disabled. […]

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Mark Morris on Lee Man-hee and the flowering of Korean film in the 1960s

by Shouvik Datta 21 November 2011
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Everybody in Britain has heard of Samsung computers or Hyundai cars. However, another aspect of South Korea today is its successful export of films, music and TV dramas to neighbouring countries, known as ‘Korean Wave’ or ‘Hallyu’. In order to get a Western perspective on Korean cinema, I visited the Korean Cultural Centre in London […]

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A mixed review for Lee Man-hee, the classic film director for LKFF 2011

by Philip Gowman 20 November 2011
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Most years, the London Korean Film Festival aims to include some classic films, usually from the 1960s, within its schedule. This is a valuable feature for UK cinemagoers, some of whom may be of the impression that Korean film started with Shiri. This year Lee Man-hee was featured, with two films: A Day Off and […]

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Lee Man-hee classic “A Day Off” + Mark Morris talk at KCC

by Events Editor 22 October 2011
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Lee Man-hee’s classic film “A Day Off” (1969) will be screening as part of the London Korean Film Festival this year, with a talk by Dr Mark Morris. A Day Off is part of the Lee Man-hee DVD box set which might be in your to-watch pile. This is your opportunity to see it. The […]

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1970s: the missing decade in Korean film?

by Philip Gowman 2 April 2011
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Newcomers to Korean film can sometimes get the impression that Korean cinema started with Shiri. Indeed, one contributor to the recent Korean Film Blogathon claimed “Korea’s cinema was virtually non-existing until the new millennium”. Not a sentiment with which I strongly agree. While the last decade has certainly seen more than its fair share of […]

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KOFIC releases Lee Man-hee box set

by Philip Gowman 5 September 2010
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Box set of classic Lee Man-hee films, including Marines who Never Returned. A must-buy. http://tinyurl.com/2u6vukv # Keywords: Directors: Lee Man-hee

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Fallen heroes – two contrasting Korean war films

by Philip Gowman 2 July 2009
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June last year at the KCC saw the screening of two contrasting Korean War films from the 21st century. This year we saw two contrasting films from the last century, with very different perspectives. Lee Man-hee’s The Marines who Never returned takes a heroic look at the South Korean forces as the allied troops move […]

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The Marines who never returned screens at the KCC

by Events Editor 23 June 2009
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News of the screening at the Cultural Centre on 25 June, the anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Lee Man-hee’s classic war film – difficult to get to see. As usual, pre-registration is required. Title: The Marines Who Never Returned Time & Date: 7 pm, 25 June 2009 Venue: Multi-Purpose Hall, KCC Director: […]

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