Chihwaseon screens at the National Gallery

The second in the London East Asia Film Festival’s KCinema 100 series is Chihwaseon by the veteran director Im Kwon-taek, which tells the story of iconoclastic Joseon Dynasty artist Jang Seung-eop (pen name Owon). It will be screened at the National Gallery. Chihwaseon (취화선) Dir: Im Kwon-taek (2002, 116 mins) Cast: Choi Min-sik, Ahn Sung-ki […]

Chihwaseon at the KCC

The Choi Min-sik season at the KCC continues on 8 August. As usual, booking is required via the KCC website. Chihwaseon (취화선) Director: Im Kwon-taek (2002) Running Time: 120min Screening Date: 7pm, 8 August 2013 Synopsis This multi award winning film from director Im Kwon-taek sees Choi Min-sik playing renowned Korean painter Jang Seung-up in […]

Oldboy screens at the KCC

Well, you can’t have a Choi Min-sik season without a screening of possibly the best-known film to have come out of Korea this century. Oldboy Director: Park Chan-wook Running Time: 120min Screening Date: 7pm, 25 July 2013 Synopsis: Oh Dae-su is an average businessman, but after celebrating his daughter’s birthday he finds himself kidnapped and […]

Failan opens the Choi Min-sik season at the KCC

It’s quite a popular weepie, but I’ve never really “got” it. I guess I’ve got a gene missing when it comes to some melodramas. Anyway, it’s the opening film of the Choi Min-sik season: Failan Dir: SONG Hae-seong, 2001 Running Time: 116mins Screening Date: 7pm, 11 July 2013 Synopsis Kang-Jae is a low level gangster […]

Year of the Four Actors – the schedule

After 2012’s Year of the 12 Directors, 2013 brings Year of the 4 Actors, with 24 films and three Q&As featuring Moon So-ri, Jeon Do-yeon, Choi Min-sik and Ha Jung-woo. Here’s the schedule: Date Title Director Moon Sori 17 January The President’s Barber Lim Chan-sang 31 January A Good Lawyer’s Wife Im Sang-soo 14 February […]

Festival Film Review: Leafie, a Hen into the Wild

At last year’s LKFF the surprise success was the animation Green Days – which for me was the first Korean animation really to stand comparison with Japan’s Studio Ghibli. This year the story may well be the same, with another animation from a director making his first full-length feature. In a country where animation screenings […]

Choi Min-sik season: Crying Fist screens at the KCC

The KCC wraps up its Choi Min-sik season on Thursday with Crying Fist, the last screening of the year. 7pm, Thursday 23rd December Director: Ryoo Seung-wan Cast: Choi Min-sik, Ryoo Seung-bum Genre: Drama Certificate: 12 (South Korea) Running Time: 134 mins Venue: The Korean Cultural Centre UK Ground Floor, Grand Buildings 1-3 Strand, London WC2N […]

Choi Min-sik season: Happy End screens at the KCC

The Choi Min-sik season continues at the KCC with Happy End this Thursday – a well-regarded film from 1999: 7pm, Thursday 9th December Director: Jung Ji-woon Cast: Choi Min-sik, Jeon Do-yeon Genre: Drama Certificate: 18 (South Korea) Running Time: 99 mins Venue: The Korean Cultural Centre UK Ground Floor, Grand Buildings 1-3 Strand, London WC2N […]

Chihwaseon screens at the KCC

The next screening at the KCC, on Thursday 25 September, is Chihwaseon (2002), Im Kwon-taek’s bio-pic of one of Korea’s most famous painters, Jang Seung-eop, also known as Owon. The film features two of Korea’s most well-known actors, Choi Min-sik as Owon and Ahn Sung-ki as his patron Kim Byung-moon. Synopsis: During the 1850s, KIM […]