LKFF 2018

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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Festival Film Review: The Return

by Bella Frey 4 December 2018
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I was as delighted as I was surprised when I saw that the London Korean Film Festival had selected The Return for its closing gala screening. The huge numbers of overseas adoptions from Korea is often a sidelined subject and understandably wouldn’t be a natural choice when showcasing Korean culture and arts. But the 2018 […]

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Festival film review: This Charming Girl

by Robert Cottingham 23 November 2018
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Lee Yoon-ki (이윤기) This Charming Girl (여자, 정혜, 2004, 99 mins). Review by Robert Cottingham. You know how people talk about reality TV, even though there is nothing ‘real’ about it? Well, if you wanted to see actual reality, the sheer day-to-day mundane-ness of the average person’s life, then this film is the closest you […]

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Mini review round-up: the 2018 LKFF Teaser screenings

by Philip Gowman 21 October 2018
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Sometimes I just don’t have the time to marshal any thoughts about a movie after seeing it. Daily life takes over any before I know it I’ve watched another movie and the memory of the previous one is dimming fast. But as I’ve been on holiday for a few days away from the daily grind, […]

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The film festivals approach – as does the annual battle for our diaries

by Philip Gowman 17 October 2018
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Last year I had a little rant about the hectic and competing schedules of the two overlapping film festivals of interest to the Korean film audience. The London Korean Film Festival has had a long history of packing so many films into their programme that it’s impossible to go to everything you want to see. […]

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A quiet look at the LKFF’s 2018 programme

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2018
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The London Korean Film Festival returns for its 13th edition next month with a slightly quieter tone than in some previous years. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s as if the organisers are saying that, as the festival enters its teenage years, the audience is becoming grown-up enough not to require a diet of […]

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London Korean Film Festival 2018: press release and detailed schedule

by Events Editor 18 September 2018
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The 2018 London Korean Film Festival programme was announced at last night’s final teaser screening. The press release is set out below, and at the bottom of the page is the detailed schedule: The 13th London Korean Film Festival London: 1 – 14 November 2018 UK tour: 15 – 25 November 2018 LONDON, 17 September […]

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Another World We Are Making: a look at LKFF’s focus on Kim Dong-won

by Philip Gowman 17 September 2018
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Almost inexplicably, when compared with previous documentary screenings, the KCC’s mini festival of Korean documentaries, spread over two weekends, was over-subscribed, with latecomers for one session needing to sit on the floor. The decision to break out the documentary strand from the main London Korean Film Festival has probably been vindicated, and the strategy of […]

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Final LKFF Teaser: A Tiger in Winter

by Events Editor 25 August 2018
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So glad we’re getting to see another Lee Kwang-guk movie in London. I really enjoyed the focus on his movies back in the 2015 festival. This final LKFF 2018 teaser screening gives the opportunity for the official launch of the 2018 festival programme. The main festival runs 1 – 14 November 2018. A Tiger in […]

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LKFF Teaser #5: Gonjiam – Haunted Asylum

by Events Editor 31 July 2018
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The last LKFF teaser screening of the summer dovetails nicely with Frightfest (which this year occurs 23-27 August): the found footage horror movie Gonjiam by director Jeong Beom-sik, who also brought us the horror movie Epitaph (2007). Note that the London screening is at a later time than usual. Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (곤지암) Director: Jeong […]

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An introduction to the LKFF summer documentary fortnight

by Philip Gowman 20 July 2018
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I’m glad the KCC is spreading out the goodness of the London Korean Film Festival throughout the year. That first week or so in November gets far too congested with all the competing strands of the festival (with additional competition from LEAFF and the K-music festival). So to have the high-quality teasers earlier in the […]

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Documentary fortnight day 4: Jung Il-woo, My Friend

by Events Editor 20 July 2018
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The final day of the London Korean Film Festival Summer Documentary Fortnight. All events free. Jung Il-woo, My Friend (내 친구 정일우) Director: Kim Dong-won (2017, 85 mins) 19 August 2018 3:00 pm @KCCUK | Book tickets Kim Dong-won’s most recent film to date is a heartfelt tribute to Father Jung Il-woo, a North-American Jesuit […]

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Documentary fortnight day 3: Soseongri

by Events Editor 20 July 2018
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Day 3 of the London Korean Film Festival Summer Documentary Fortnight. All events free. Soseongri (소성리) Director: Park Bae-il (2017, 87 mins) 18 August 2018 3:00 pm @KCCUK | Book tickets Soseongri is the portrayal of a community of senior citizens whose way of life is threatened when the decision is made to place the […]

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Documentary fortnight day 2: Repatriation, conversation + roundtable

by Events Editor 20 July 2018
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Day 2 of the London Korean Film Festival Summer Documentary Fortnight. All events free. Repatriation (송환) Director: Kim Dong-won (2004, 148 mins) + Conversation with Kim Dong Won and Chris Berry Birkbeck Cinema | 43 Gordon Square | London WC1H 0PD Sunday 12 August 2018 1:30 pm | Book tickets In the Spring of 1992, […]

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Documentary fortnight day 1: A Slice Room, Sanggyedong Olympics + 6 Day Struggle at Myeongdong Cathedral

by Events Editor 20 July 2018
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Day 1 of the London Korean Film Festival Summer Documentary Fortnight. All events free. A Slice Room (사람이 산다) + Conversation with Song Yun-hyeok and Nam In Young Director: Song Yun-hyeok (2016, 69 min) Birkbeck Cinema | 43 Gordon Square | London WC1H 0PD Saturday 11 Aug 2018 11:30 am | Book tickets followed by a lunch break. Korean […]

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LKFF 2018 Teaser Screening #4: Claire’s Camera

by Events Editor 29 June 2018
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The next LKFF teaser screening is Hong Sang-soo’s Claire’s Camera, which will be a complete contrast with this month’s 1987. Claire’s Camera (클레어의 카메라) Hong Sang-soo (2017, 69 mins) Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Kim Min-hee, Chang Mi-hee, Jung Jin-young Monday 23 July 2018, 7pm | Regent Street Cinema | Book tickets Acclaimed director Hong Sangsoo returns […]

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Review: 1987 – When the Day Comes

by Philip Gowman 18 June 2018
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1987: When the Day Comes is one of those movies which could not have been made a couple of years ago. It would have got the director and its all-star cast included on the infamous blacklist of suspected lefties who would not get government support in future. And to have the director of this film […]

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