London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

The Marines who never returned screens at the KCC

News of the screening at the Cultural Centre on 25 June, the anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Lee Man-hee’s classic war film – difficult to get to see. As usual, pre-registration is required. The Marines Who Never Returned (돌아오지 않는 해병) Director: Lee Man-hee (1963, 110 mins) Starring: Choi Mu-ryong, Chang Dong-hui … [Read More]

Korea’s least-known best films?

Mark Morris from Cambridge University’s Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies discusses two films shown at the Barbican on Sunday. The International Buddhist Film Festival (IBFF) chose the Barbican Centre for its venue between 7-17 May. Two remarkable Korean films stood out among an eclectic mix of documentary and narrative films. The 1949 Hometown … [Read More]

February is classic film month at the KCC

The Korean Cultural Centre has now been screening Korean films on a bi-weekly basis for a year now since the centre has opened. And to celebrate their year anniversary, they are delighted to present to you the Korean classic film series, which begins on Thursday 5 February with the screening of Han Myeong-mo’s classic Hyperbola … [Read More]

Aimless bullet, scary housemaid and Korea’s modern history

Two classic films from Korean cinema’s golden age provided a fascinating compare-and-contrast exercise last Monday night at the Barbican. Encouragingly, the films were better attended than the comparable double-bill last year (Madame Freedom and My Mother and her Guest). Maybe that reflects the growing literacy of UK audiences when it comes to Korean film. Or … [Read More]

Kim Ki-young retrospective in Paris

I’m afraid I’ve let you all down. There’s been a feast of film in Paris for the last few weeks at the Cinematheque: a retrospective of the great Kim Ki-young. It ends on Christmas Eve. One of the highlights would have been a round table on Kim, which included Bong Joon-ho, on 2 December. I … [Read More]