Choi Min-sik

Myeongdong, Seoul, 29 May. One flight is much like the next, the only differences being the food and in-flight entertainment. Asiana did a very acceptable bibimbap on the way out and, more ambitiously, a ssambap on the way back. Their tinned makgeolli, which I sampled on the return leg, is not to be recommended. Maybe […]

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Lady Vengeance continues the Choi Min-sik season at the KCC

by Events Editor 25 August 2013
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Is it wrong like Lady Vengeance? I have to admit it’s one of my guilty pleasures. I sense in Lady V a slightly cocky director consciously aiming his work at an international audience for the first time, after the success of Oldboy. After all, Koreans don’t need to have it explained that prisoners might want […]

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Chihwaseon at the KCC

by Events Editor 5 August 2013
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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 […]

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Oldboy screens at the KCC

by Events Editor 22 July 2013
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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 […]

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The Berlin File – so slick it’s really rather dull

by Philip Gowman 17 July 2013
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A plot which involves a dodgy international arms deal, a secret multibillion dollar bank account belonging to the extended family of Kim Jong-il and a power struggle in the wake of Kim Jong-un’s succession. A list of characters which includes operatives from the CIA, Mossad, and both North and South Korean security agencies, plus would-be […]

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Failan opens the Choi Min-sik season at the KCC

by Events Editor 10 July 2013
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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 […]

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Year of the Four Actors – the schedule

by Events Editor 12 January 2013
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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 […]

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Festival Film Review: Leafie, a Hen into the Wild

by Philip Gowman 6 November 2011
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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 […]

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

by Events Editor 20 December 2010
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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 […]

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

by Events Editor 7 December 2010
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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 […]

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Choi Min-sik season: A Quiet Family screens at the KCC

by Events Editor 24 November 2010
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After seeing how unoriginal Kim Ji-woon can be when presented with someone else’s script (did ANYONE think that I saw the Devil was worth two hours of your life?), it’s a relief to be reminded that when he writes his own stuff he’s on sparkling form. This Thursday sees the start of a Choi Min-sik […]

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Kim Ji-woon’s I Saw the Devil: more than just gore?

by Aashish Gadhvi 9 November 2010
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Aashish Gadhvi speaks on behalf of three LKL reviewers: Kim Ji-woon’s latest is a disappointment. Hype can be a film’s best friend or its worst enemy. In the case of some films it has worked (The Blair Witch Project) and in the case of others it has backfired spectacularly (Star Wars Prequels), but the fact […]

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