Classic Korean Film

Tickets for the Early Korean Cinema season at the BFI, which was announced as last year’s London korean Film festival came to an end, go on sale on 15 January. The organisers particularly direct our attention to two screenings: THU 7 FEB, 18:00 – OPENING SCREENING WITH LIVE PERFORMANCE + INTRO: Crossroads of Youth 청춘의 […]

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BFI, KOFA and KCCUK announce archive exchange

by Events Editor 27 November 2018
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Something to look forward to in February 2019: BFI, KOFA and KCCUK announce archive exchange to mark the centenary of the birth of Korean cinema More than ten of Korea’s oldest surviving films to screen to UK audiences for the first time in February 2019 at BFI Southbank and the KCCUK BFI restorations to show […]

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KCC Screening: Barefooted Young

by Events Editor 21 July 2018
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The fourth screening in the Rebels with a Cause season: Barefooted Young (맨발의 청춘) With introduction by Emily Steele Director: Kim Ki-duk (1964, 115 mins) Cast: Shin Seong-il, Um Aeng-ran, Yoon Il-bong, Lee Yea-chun Thursday 9 August 2018 7:00 pm @KCCUK | Book tickets Adolescent films first gained widespread popularity in Korea during the 1960s; […]

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A new year gift from the Korean Film Archive

by Philip Gowman 6 January 2018
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Those nice people at the Korean Film Archive have given us a new year gift, in the form of twenty-one English subtitled classic movies newly uploaded to their YouTube channel. At least two of these have been available on subtitled DVD before (Come, Come, Come Upward and Gingko Bed) but I’m assuming these are new, […]

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Festival Film Review: Chung Chang-wha focus

by Philip Gowman 20 November 2015
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Each year the LKFF includes a few golden oldies among its line-up of the latest commercial and art house offerings. This year the festival gave us the opportunity to get to know three films by veteran director Chung Chang-wha, made before he was scouted by Shaw Brothers in 1969. The earliest film to be screened […]

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Classics revisited – an opportunity to get to know the films of Chung Chang-wha

by Philip Gowman 9 November 2015
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One of the things we like about the London Korean Film Festival the range of different perspectives it offers us on the vibrant Korean film scene, from emerging directors to actor retrospectives via documentaries and more. One of the strands we appreciate most is the opportunity it gives us to see classic movies from the […]

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Mark Morris on Lee Man-hee and the flowering of Korean film in the 1960s

by Shouvik Datta 21 November 2011
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Everybody in Britain has heard of Samsung computers or Hyundai cars. However, another aspect of South Korea today is its successful export of films, music and TV dramas to neighbouring countries, known as ‘Korean Wave’ or ‘Hallyu’. In order to get a Western perspective on Korean cinema, I visited the Korean Cultural Centre in London […]

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A mixed review for Lee Man-hee, the classic film director for LKFF 2011

by Philip Gowman 20 November 2011
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Most years, the London Korean Film Festival aims to include some classic films, usually from the 1960s, within its schedule. This is a valuable feature for UK cinemagoers, some of whom may be of the impression that Korean film started with Shiri. This year Lee Man-hee was featured, with two films: A Day Off and […]

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Aigoo! Yu Hyun-mok, master of Korean realism, is so depressing

by Philip Gowman 12 November 2009
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When asked to look back at his career, Yu Hyun-mok, one of the four greatest directors from the golden age of Korean film, said that he was proud of two achievements: That he was always an innovator; That he never filmed a melodramatic love story. In the latter achievement lies the key to Yu, as […]

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Fallen heroes – two contrasting Korean war films

by Philip Gowman 2 July 2009
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June last year at the KCC saw the screening of two contrasting Korean War films from the 21st century. This year we saw two contrasting films from the last century, with very different perspectives. Lee Man-hee’s The Marines who Never returned takes a heroic look at the South Korean forces as the allied troops move […]

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February is classic film month at the KCC

by Events Editor 2 February 2009
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Details of four classic film screenings: Hyperbola of Youth, Petty Middle Manager, Iodo and The Last Witness.

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Aimless bullet, scary housemaid and Korea’s modern history

by Philip Gowman 17 November 2008
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Two classic films from Korean cinema’s golden age provided a fascinating compare-and-contrast exercise last Monday night at the Barbican.

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Starbucks morality

by Philip Gowman 13 November 2007
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Han Hyeong-mo: Madame Freedom (1956) Round 2 of the Korean classic film double bill… In Shin Sang-ok’s 1961 film which formed the first part of the double bill on 5 November, a widow cannot talk to a man outside her family, and is expected to obey her mother-in-law. Admittedly, the film is set in the […]

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Brief Encounter with Chopin – Shin Sang-ok’s My Mother and Her Guest

by Philip Gowman 12 November 2007
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Shin Sang-ok: My Mother and Her Guest (1961) It was a shame to see two of the most interesting films in the London Korean Film Festival — My Mother and Her Guest and Madame Freedom — so sparsely attended. The Barbican had generously allocated its largest screen (capacity 286) in anticipation of enthusiastic interest — […]

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