LKFF 2019 Teaser Screening #4: Ode to the Goose

The fourth teaser of the season: Ode to the Goose (군산: 거위를 노래하다) European Premiere Director: Zhang Lu (2018, 121 min) Cast: Park Hae-il, Moon Sori, Jung Jin-yung, Park So-dam Monday 19 August 2019, 6:20pm Picturehouse Central | Corner of Great Windmill Street and Shaftesbury Avenue | Piccadilly Circus | London W1D 7DH | www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Picturehouse_Central Tickets £7.90 […]

Love without Boundaries: Oasis

One of LKL’s films of the noughties screens as the final movie in the Love without Boundaries season. Oasis (오아시스) Director: Lee Chang-dong (2002, 132 mins) Cast: Moon So-ri, Sul Kyung-gu, Ahn Nae-sang Thursday 8 August 2019, 7pm @KCCUK | Book here Jong-du (Sul Kyung-gu, Memoir of a Murderer), introduced to the viewer as he […]

Korean films at the 2018 BFI London Film Fest

An exciting selection of Korean movies is lined up for the BFI London Film Festival, of which the highlight is undoubtedly Burning. Finally: Lee Chang-dong will be in town! All details below are from the BFI LFF website. Become a member and get access to tickets from 6 September, a week earlier than general release. […]

Screening: My Heart Is Not Broken Yet

Moon So-ri is the narrator of this moving film specially selected for screening close to International Women’s Day 2018. LKL caught it in Sheffield in 2015 – brief review here. My Heart Is Not Broken Yet Dir: AHN Hae-ryong (2007) Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Room B04, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD Saturday 10 […]

Festival film review: Love And…

Two years ago the revered Korean film critic Tony Rayns asked Moon Sori an awkward question. The question was followed by a sharp intake of breath from the audience who couldn’t believe what they had just heard, and by a few false starts at a response by Ms Moon before she answered fluently. At the final […]

Two masterclasses as part of LKFF 2015

Two late additions to the LKFF schedule, both on Saturday afternoon, 14 November. But you can’t do both. And you can’t do either if you want to watch the classic Chung Chang-wha screenings. Choices, choices … but I think I’ll choose a large dose of muhyeop and Q&A with Director Chung. Masterclass: In Conversation with […]

An introduction to “Love And…” — LKFF’s closing gala film

The London Korean Film Festival’s choice for the closing gala is an interesting one: Zhang Lu’s Love And… (the literal meaning of the Korean title, 필름시대사랑, is “Love of the Film Era”), which only recently opened at the Korean box office. Closing galas over the years have included blockbusters and mainstream movies such as Masquerade […]

Seven ways in which Hill of Freedom is different from other Hong Sang-soo films

… and some ways in which it isn’t. Hill of Freedom (자유의 언덕) is Hong Sang-soo’s 16th feature, and could not have been made by anyother director. The awkwardness of human interaction and conversation, the bonding over alcohol, the fragmentation of the narrative, the aim to rekindle lost love – all are common features of […]

I can’t believe he asked her that

The context was this. It was the Q&A after the 4 April screening at BAFTA of Hong Sang-soo’s Hahaha, attended by the lead actress Moon So-ri, the first featured actor of the KCC’s Year of the Four Actors. Tony Rayns was talking to Moon So-ri about how she got her first screen role. Moon started […]

Lee Chang-dong’s Oasis screens at the KCC

Lee Chang-dong’s Oasis figures in most people’s list of top ten Korean films of all time, or at least of the first decade of this century: a compelling storyline which is both moving and shocking, with stand-out performances from Sol Kyung-gu and Moon So-ri. It will be screening this Thursday at the KCC as part […]

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 […]

Family Ties with Director Q&A at the KCC

Last year the Thames Festival provided the opportunity for a couple of collateral events in the form of concerts by Winterplay and Baramgot. This year, director Kim Tae-yong is over for the screening of the restored silent film Crossroads of Youth, and will stay to answer questions after the KCC’s screening on Monday of his […]

Kang Yi-kwan’s Sakwa screens at the KCC

The last of the wedding themed films at the KCC this month is Sakwa (2008). It didn’t get brilliant reviews when it came out, but it does have Moon So-ri as the lead, so it’s got to be worth watching. This Thursday, 28 April. DIRECTOR: Kang Yi-kwan RUNNING TIME: 118 mins DATE: 7:00pm, April 28 […]

Family Ties to screen at KCC

The next film to feature at the KCC is Family Ties, also known as Birth of a Family (가족의 탄생), starring one of my favourite actresses, the talented Moon So-ri (below right). Synopsis Mi-ra, who runs a small snack food restaurant, has a trouble-maker brother, Hyung-chul. After being discharged from the military, he goes missing. […]

Koreans and Handball

A message recently received from a visitor to this site. Do Koreans in London play Handball or want to play? Thames Handball in Kingston upon Thames need players of all standards- men and women or children. see website http://www.thameshandball.com Also NEW The South Korean movie, “The Best Moment of Our Lives,” will be released in […]

Wedding wishes

Firstly we wish every happiness to Moon So-ri and Jang Jun-Hwan, who are getting married today. Closer to home, Jason Bechervaise and Ahn Meeyeon of koreanfilm.org.uk are preparing for their own future together. They will be getting married in Seoul in a quiet ceremony in January. And to all you singles out there, I hope […]