London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

Korean films at Queer East 2024

After the Korea focus in last year’s festival it was perhaps a little bit to be expected that this year there would be less in the way of Korean content.  So we have one South Korean feature film from 1967 (directed by Choi Eun-hee) and a handful of shorts; plus a 2016 feature by Korean … [Read More]

Home Truths season: My Mother and her Guest

The final screening in the current Home Truths season is Shin Sang-ok’s classic weepie My Mother and her Guest. We loved it when it screened at the LKFF twelve years ago. My Mother and her Guest (사랑방 손님과 어머니) Director: Shin Sang-ok (1961, 102mins) Cast: Choi Eun-hee, Jeon Young-sun, Kim Jin-gyu, Han Eun-jin, Do Kum-bong … [Read More]

Another take on Shin Sang-ok

The Korea Times has a nicely-timed memoir of Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee covering their time in America immediately after their redefection in 1986. At over 4,000 words it’s a meaty article, and well worth the read, in particular touching on Shin’s impossible dream of a film about Genghis Khan. Thanks to Michael Duffy for … [Read More]

Film review: The Lovers and the Despot

The way you watch Ross Adam’s and Robert Cannan’s The Lovers and the Despot is likely to depend on whether you know the story or not. To those who are coming to it afresh, this is an extraordinary tale which is another example of the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction: one of South … [Read More]

Double book review: two takes on Shin Sang-ok

Paul Fischer: A Kim Jong-il Production Penguin / Viking 2015, 353pp Steven Chung: Split Screen Korea – Shin Sang-ok and Postwar Cinema University of Minnesota Press 2014, 262pp The story of actress Choi Eun-hee and Shin Sang-ok combines elements of both romance and thriller as well as representing important phases in the history of film … [Read More]