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Im Kwon-taek: In search of perfection

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 … [Read More]

Im Kwon-taek and the wounds of the Korean War

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: … [Read More]

Animal Town screens at the KCC

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 … [Read More]

Mozart Town screens at the KCC

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 … [Read More]

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

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 … [Read More]

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

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 … [Read More]

Love Talk screens at the KCC

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 … [Read More]

Lee Joon-ik’s Sunny screens at the KCC

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. Sunny (님은 먼곳에) Director: LEE Joon-ik (2008, 126 mins) Screening Date: 7PM, … [Read More]