Bae Doo-na

Tunnel (dir: Kim Sung-hoon, whose Hard Day put him on the map) has been topping the Korean box office since it was released less than four weeks ago, and amazingly now has a one-week release in the UK, until 8 September. What has contributed to its popularity in Korea? And could it attain the same […]

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Event news: Bae Doona Q+A after A Girl at My Door screening

by Events Editor 1 September 2015
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July Jung’s debut feature, A Girl at My Door (도희야, 2014), was one of the highlights of last year’s London Korean Film Festival, so it’s good that the film is getting a tiny extra bit of UK screen time. The release date is 18 September from Peccadillo Pictures, and according to filmdates.co.uk you can catch […]

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The London Korean Links Awards 2014

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2015
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Our regular unscientific seasonal post which recognises some of the people, books, films and events which made 2014 an outstanding year. Personality of the Year This year there seem to have been more anti-heroes than heroes – examples to avoid rather than emulate. Villains we loved to hate this year have included the reclusive photographer, […]

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Festival Film reviews: we also went to…

by Philip Gowman 19 December 2014
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We’ve almost finished clearing the London Korean Film Festival backlog, the only major review outstanding now being Park Chan-kyong’s fascinating documentary Manshin. While I’m polishing that, here are a few brief reviews of the films I didn’t feel moved to write dedicated articles about. Han Gong-ju A heavy and depressing story redeemed by the sensitive […]

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Some amazing street art of Bae Doona

by Philip Gowman 21 August 2014
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Thanks to @Sean_Macdonald_ for posting on Twitter a photograph of some street art of Bae Doona in Cloud Atlas. The painting is about a 5 minute walk from King’s Cross Station on the Caledonian Road. Keywords: People: Bae Doo-na

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Cloud Atlas – one Hollywood appearance of which a Korean actor can be proud

by Philip Gowman 1 December 2013
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How many Hollywood films have you seen, featuring Korean actors, where you have thought “Yes, he (or she) can be proud of that?” I confess not to having seen Red 2 (Lee Byung-hun) yet, so maybe that will be one of them. But thinking back to the two GI Joe films (Lee Byung-hun), Ninja Assassin […]

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Bae Doo-na’s London fashion shoot

by Philip Gowman 6 October 2012
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Bae Doo-na was in London earlier this year, staying with her language coach in preparation for the shooting of Cloud Atlas (which we’re really looking forward to at LKL). She took the time out to do a fashion shoot for Marie Claire Korea, which recently hit the news stands. Thanks to Yuna at the Marmot’s […]

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Bae Doo-na prepares for her role in Cloud Atlas

by Philip Gowman 25 September 2011
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Bae Doo-Na will have to speak British English for her upcoming role in the Wachowskis’ movie “Cloud Atlas”, says a Chosun Ilbo interview. http://t.co/hy4Dtdps Keywords: People: Bae Doo-na

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Bae Doo-na’s upcoming role in Cloud Atlas announced

by Philip Gowman 15 September 2011
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Looking forward to seeing Bae Doo-na as a clone in Wachowski’s upcoming “Cloud Atlas”. Coverage in Chosun Ilbo | Korea Times | Joongang Ilbo Keywords: People: Bae Doo-na

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Bae Doo-na named Best Actress

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2010
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Bae Doo-na has been named Best Actress twice over in Japan for her role in Air Doll, which showed at the London Film Festival last year. Bae will pick up her trophy at the 23rd Takasaki Film Festival on March 28, after claiming her honor at the 33rd Japan Academy Awards on March 5. Source: […]

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Korean Connections at the 53rd BFI London Film Festival

by Colin Bartlett 6 October 2009
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Colin Bartlett has overcome the shortcomings of the London Film Festival website search engine by diligently reading the 100 page festival brochure for films with Korean connections. Here are the results of his labours. (Note: since 2009 the BFI have reorganised their site and none of the links provided below now work) First, the two […]

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LKL 2008 Quiz of the year – the answers

by Philip Gowman 1 January 2009
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LKL’s annual quiz about the year’s events in Korea, including plenty of celebrity trivia.

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Bae Doo-na’s London Photo Journal

by Philip Gowman 5 April 2007
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Thanks to Mark Russell over at Korea Pop Wars for news of a photo journal of Bae Doo-na’s visit to London. Can any Korean speakers out there have a read of what appears to be Ms Bae’s official blog at Naver, and tell me how to get hold of the book? Update 11 April: It’s […]

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