Year of the 12 Directors

As the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon approach, LKL is finally spurred to write up some archive notes of interviews and Q&A’s with the director of their Opening Ceremony… “Why are you torturing me?” was Im Kwon-taek’s heartfelt cry when attending a screening of one of his films from the 1960s at a 70-film retrospective […]

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Song Hae-seong: A Better Tomorrow – not worth the time

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2013
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I have a huge admiration for Alua at Otherwhere and Colette at Oriental Nightmares for dedicating the time and energy to writing reviews of Song Hae-seong’s remake of the classic A Better Tomorrow. I only had the enthusiasm to stay for the first half hour (which I found confusing and uninteresting) before deciding my time […]

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Im Soon-rye month – the Director Q&A is on 20 December

by Events Editor 5 December 2012
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In a slight but understandable change from the normal schedule, December’s director Q&A is on the 3rd Thursday, 20th December, not the 4th Thursday – to catch you in London before you leave for the festive season. But there’s still a screening on the 27th for those who remain in London. I’ve had a soft […]

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Im Kwon-taek and the wounds of the Korean War

by Philip Gowman 5 November 2012
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The Im Kwon Taek retrospective has given us all a chance to catch up on some of the films of the master that we haven’t seen before, rounding out our picture of Korea’s national director. Im is probably best known nowadays for his films which highlight some of the unique aspects of Korea’s cultural heritage: […]

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Im Kwon-Taek’s Village in the Mist — affairs on an Anonymous Island

by Philip Gowman 29 October 2012
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Han Su-ok, a young schoolteacher, arrives in an isolated mountain village to take up her first job in an elementary school. As she gets off the bus, the village initially seems deserted, like a ghost town, hemmed in by the high forbidding walls of the surrounding mountains like a prison. You wonder what sort of […]

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The big London Im Kwon-taek retrospective – confirmed screening dates and times

by Events Editor 1 October 2012
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There’s truly an over-indulgence in K-film over the next few weeks. In between the BFI London Film Festival which features no fewer than six Korean films, and the regular London Korean Film Festival at the beginning of November, we have an Im Kwon-taek retrospective, organised by the KCC in collaboration with the BFI and the […]

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Note the different venue for the 4th Jeon Kyu-hwan screening this month

by Events Editor 22 September 2012
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The Jeon Kyu-hwan month rounds off with From Seoul to Varanasi, followed by director Q&A. Note that this screening is at Vue West End / Leicester Square, not the more usual Apollo Piccadilly. From Seoul to Varanasi (바라나시) Director: Jeon Kyu-hwan Cast: Dong-hwan Yoon, Shin Ye-an, Nigel D’Sa Running Time: 98 mins (Cert 18, South […]

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Jeon Kyu-hwan’s Town Trilogy is complete with Dance Town, Thursday at the KCC

by Events Editor 14 September 2012
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If you didn’t manage to catch Dance Town at the London Korean Film Festival last year, now’s your chance – as part of this month’s Jeon Kyu-hwan retrospective at the KCC: Dance Town (댄스 타운, 2010) 7pm, 20th Sept 2012 Director: Jeon Kyu-hwan Cast: Rha Mi-ran, Seong-tae Oh. Genre: Drama Certificate: 18 (South Korea) Nobody […]

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Animal Town screens at the KCC

by Events Editor 12 September 2012
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The second film in the KCC’s Jeon Kyu-hwan season this Thursday is Animal Town, the second of his ‘Town Trilogy’. Read a review of Mozart Town, last week’s screening, over on Eastern Kicks. Animal Town (애니멀 타운, 2009) 7pm, 13th Sept 2012, KCC Director: Jeon Kyu-hwan Cast: LEE Jun-hyeok, OH Seong-tae Genre: Drama Certificate: 18 […]

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Mozart Town screens at the KCC

by Events Editor 3 September 2012
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September’s director at the KCC is Jeon Kyu-hwan. Not a well-known director in this country, but I’m rather looking forward to these particular screenings. Mozart Town (모차르트 타운, 2008) 7pm, 6th Sept 2012 Director: Jeon Kyu-hwan Cast: Gbato Blaise, Yoo-rang Joo and Seong-tae Oh Genre: Drama Certificate: 18 (South Korea). Nobody under the age of […]

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Come Rain Come Shine: beautifully restrained or just a little bit wet?

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2012
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There is a narrow dividing line between a movie which paints a delicate, nuanced portrait of characters who have subtle and restrained emotions, and a movie in which you want to just punch everyone in the face for being so wet. Come Rain, Come Shine is a movie which is on that dividing line, perhaps […]

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Come Rain Come Shine + director Q&A at the Apollo Piccadilly

by Events Editor 26 August 2012
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Rounding off Lee Yoon-ki month this Thursday is his most recent film: Come Rain, Come Shine (사랑한다, 사랑하지 않는다, 2011) Director: Lee Yoon-ki Running Time: 105 min Screening Date: 6.30pm August 30, 2012 Theatre: Apollo Cinema Piccadilly LEE Yoon-Ki is a Director who has established a name for himself in both domestic and international markets […]

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Lee Yoon-ki’s My Dear Enemy screens at the KCC

by Events Editor 23 August 2012
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There are still seats available for Lee Yoon-ki’s My Dear Enemy (2008) this evening, which comes with LKL’s recommendation. And that’s not just because Cannes best actress winner Jeon Do-yeon is in it. My Dear Enemy (멋진 하루) Director: Lee Yoon-ki Running Time: 123 mins Screening Date: 7pm, 23 August, 2012 Theatre: Multi-Purpose Hall, KCCUK […]

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Lee Yoon-ki’s Love Talk captures the drifting, rootless nature of an immigrant community

by Philip Gowman 22 August 2012
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Lee Yoon-ki is a director who divides opinion. He is known for his delicate, nuanced character portraits which delight many an art-house enthusiast but which for those who like things to happen in their movies are a big turnoff. Love Talk will appeal to those who are in between. Love Talk (2006) is Lee’s second […]

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Love Talk screens at the KCC

by Events Editor 15 August 2012
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After all the hectic activity of the Olymic fortnight it’s time for something more restful. Lee Yoon-ki is a director that divides opinion, but on balance his delicate and restrained portraits have more admirers than detractors, as was evidenced by the packed house last week for This Charming Girl. Those who like something to happen […]

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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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Song Il-gon’s Always: a well-made melodrama and nothing more

by Philip Gowman 29 April 2012
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If Always had been made by any other director I would not have minded. I would not have gone to see it either. But as it was made by Song Il-gon, I went along, and was sorely disappointed. It’s not that it’s a bad film of its genre. It’s well made and moving. The lead […]

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