LKFF 2011

Unexpectedly, I really enjoyed Kang Hyeong-cheol’s Sunny at the KCC this week. I shan’t bore you with the details – Paul Quinn has articulated it on Hangul Celluloid much better than I could. Based on the trailers I had been kind of expecting a bit of an offbeat teen comedy. When it featured in the […]

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London Korean Film Festival round-up and Ryu Seung-wan’s The Unjust

by Philip Gowman 21 December 2011
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The 2011 London Korean Film Festival gave the London audience a chance to assess, and in my case reassess, the work of Ryu Seung-wan. Ryu has had several of his films released in the UK on DVD, but he is not as well-known to the viewing public as the likes of Park Chan-wook and Bong […]

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Festival Film Review: Blood, Sweat, Tears and Laughter – ‘Yellow Sea’ has it all

by Matthew Jackson 22 November 2011
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While on a visit to Korea, I once asked a wise, old-looking Korean how he would describe the spirit of the Korean people. My friend who was interpreting answered the question instead, to my initial annoyance, giving the answer ‘Fun’, which I found doubly disappointing given its apparent banality. Several years on, I am beginning […]

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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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Festival Film Review: why Dachimawa Lee is thoroughly groovy, and why I’m becoming a fan of Ryu Seung-wan

by Philip Gowman 15 November 2011
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I have to confess that when I heard that Ryu Seung-wan was to be the featured director, my reaction was lukewarm. Of the films I had already seen, the silliness of Arahan did not endear the film to me, while seeing Jeon Do-yeon and Lee Hye-hyoung severely thrashed turned me off No Blood No Tears. […]

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‘War of the Arrow’ – Causing Death and Saving Lives

by Matthew Jackson 14 November 2011
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The opening gala of the London Korean Film Festival was a more rambunctious affair than I remember even last year’s being, due in no small part to the sudden and unexpected entrance of SHINee (I was lucky enough to be two rows behind them, but many who had specially booked seats I gather were incandescent […]

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Festival Film Review: Suicide Forecast

by Philip Gowman 12 November 2011
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LKL ponders on how a surprisingly charming film on the difficult subject of suicide could have useful lessons for financial sector remuneration strategy and sales practices.

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Chinese buy up tickets for Late Autumn

by Philip Gowman 10 November 2011
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The Chinese community was out in force tonight to see Tang Wei in Kim Tae-yong’s “Late Autumn” at the Festival. Most audiences have been predominantly European. Tonight it was 95% Chinese. It was completely sold out. Keywords: Directors: Kim Tae-yong Event tags: LKFF 2011

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Getting to like Ryu Seung-wan

by Philip Gowman 9 November 2011
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Catching up on my DVD pile, and getting to like Ryu Seung-wan. Looking forward to seeing some more next week at the #LKFF @koreanfilmfest Keywords: Directors: Ryu Seung-wan Event tags: LKFF 2011

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Festival Film Review: Leafie, a Hen into the Wild

by Philip Gowman 6 November 2011
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At last year’s LKFF the surprise success was the animation Green Days – which for me was the first Korean animation really to stand comparison with Japan’s Studio Ghibli. This year the story may well be the same, with another animation from a director making his first full-length feature. In a country where animation screenings […]

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The final schedule for the 2011 London Korean Film Festival

by Events Editor 2 November 2011
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Here are the screening details for the 2011 London Korean Film Festival, including the screenings in Cambridge, Sheffield and Newcastle. For the events at the KCCUK, book by emailing info@kccuk.org.uk. London screenings and events Thurs 3 Nov 4:30pm SHINee – LKFF launch event – Odeon WE 7:30pm Opening gala War of the Arrows + Director […]

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Huge demand for SHINee tickets crashes Odeon website

by Philip Gowman 27 October 2011
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Huge demand for SHINee tickets to launch the London Korean Film Festival next week has crashed the Odeon Cinemas website http://t.co/slvyTCg6 Keywords: Event tags: LKFF 2011 Musicians: SHINee

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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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“A thrilling reality ride” – Na Hong-jin’s Yellow Sea

by Philip Gowman 19 October 2011
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Why South Korea’s action movies blow Hollywood out of the Yellow Sea http://t.co/Vs1aM5Mk. Guardian previews Na Hong-jin’s film, to screen at the London Korean Film Festival this year. Keywords: Directors: Na Hong-jin Event tags: LKFF 2011

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The LKFF 1-minute mobile phone short film competition

by Events Editor 9 October 2011
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A special event for budding Park Chan-wooks out there: The London Korean Film Festival presents The One Minute Mobile Phone Short Film Competition Over the last two years there has been a boom in mobile phone technology which the filmmaking community has whole heartedly embraced. The use of camera phones and other mobile equipment particularly […]

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Arrow, the Ultimate Weapon – the historical background

by Philip Gowman 29 September 2011
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Kim Han-min’s Arrow the Ultimate Weapon is a high-energy historical action flick which will get the London Korean Film Festival 2011 off to a rip-roaring start. Without revealing too much about the plot, suffice it to say that enough baddies get what they deserve to make you feel reasonably good on emerging from the cinema. […]

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