A look back at some of the films of 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 […]

Festival Film Review: The Return

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 […]

Festival film review: This Charming Girl

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 […]

A quiet look at the LKFF’s 2018 programme

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 […]

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

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 […]

Final LKFF Teaser: A Tiger in Winter

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 […]

LKFF Teaser #5: Gonjiam – Haunted Asylum

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 […]

Documentary fortnight day 3: Soseongri

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 […]

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

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 […]

LKFF 2018 Teaser Screening #4: Claire’s Camera

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 […]

Review: 1987 – When the Day Comes

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 […]