5.18 Gwangju

Continuing the KCC’s season of screen adaptations of Korean novels. May Literature Night: Hwang Sok-yong’s The Old Garden 30 May 2018, 19.00-21.00 Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK Entrance Free – Booking Essential. Apply to info@kccuk.org.uk or call 020 7004 2600 with your name and contact details by Thursday 10th May. The booking system utilises a […]

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Screening: The Old Garden

by Events Editor 24 April 2018
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Continuing the season of adaptations of Korean novels. LKL’s seven-year-old review of the novel can be found here. The Old Garden (오래된 정원) Director: Im Sang-soo (2007, 112 mins) Cast: Ji Jin-hi, Yum Jung-ah, Kim Eung-soo, Kim Hyun-ah Original novel by Hwang Sok-yong KCCUK, 24 May 2018 7:00 pm | Reserve via Eventbrite Anti-government protests […]

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Excavator screens at the East End Film Festival

by Events Editor 16 April 2018
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Yay! It’s that new word I learned at the Ansan Street Arts Festival last year, coming round again as the title of a movie, receiving its UK premiere as part of the East End Film Festival. Bizarrely, imdb and hancinema have the English title as Fork Lane. Poclain => 포크레인 => Fork Lane… Don’t you […]

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Screening: Jang Sun-woo’s A Petal

by Events Editor 10 April 2018
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It’ll be good to get another chance to see this classic movie. Thanks to the KCC for programming it. A Petal (꽃잎) Director: Jang Sun-woo (1996, 101 mins) Cast: Moon Sung-keun, Lee Jung-hyun, Lee Young-ran, Yoo Soon-chul Original novel by Choe Yun 10 May 2018 7:00 pm, KCCUK. Book via EventBrite Stumbling along rivers and […]

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Film review: A Taxi Driver

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2017
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I went along to watch A Taxi Driver out of a sense of duty. What can be said about Gwangju, I thought, that hasn’t been said already? I’d rather see a documentary. Plus, Korean movies with foreign actors always raise slight alarm bells with me (Isabelle Huppert in Hong Sang-soo’s In Another Country left me […]

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One Day, Maybe: Hull City of Culture work inspired by Gwangju

by Events Editor 20 August 2017
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An intriguing project as part of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture. “Deep within a hidden office complex in Hull city centre, a mysterious new Korean technology company is about to change the way we view the world.” One Day, Maybe Created by dreamthinkspeak | Commissioned by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Friday […]

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6th LKFF 2017 Teaser: Jang Hoon’s Taxi Driver

by Events Editor 23 July 2017
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How did we manage to squeeze in six teasers this year? Anyway, the latest is possibly one of the most anticipated Korean movies of the year so far. Here’s hoping it lives up to expectation. Taxi Driver (택시 운전사) Director: Jang Hoon, 2017, 137mins Cast: Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hai-jin, Ryu Jun-yeol UK Premiere […]

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Young In Hong’s 5100: Pentagon

by Philip Gowman 10 June 2017
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Here are a few photos and a video from the two performances of Young In Hong’s work 5100: Pentagon on 4 June 2017 in the courtyard of the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly. The performers were all volunteers, of whom fewer turned up than expected because of the terrorist incident in the London bridge […]

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Event news: 5100: Pentagon commemorates Gwangju in dance

by Events Editor 31 May 2017
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As part of Block Universe, a week-long festival of performance art held in venues across London, a new work by Young In Hong is inspired by Gwangju. 5100: Pentagon — Young In Hong Sunday, 4 June 2017, 3pm, duration 15 minutes. Sunday, 4 June 2017, 3.40pm, duration 15 minutes. Courtyard, Royal Academy of Arts | […]

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Korean performers needed for Hull City of Culture Gwangju project

by Philip Gowman 1 April 2017
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dreamthinkspeak, pioneers of site responsive performance, are creating a new production entitled ONE DAY MAYBE as part of the HULL CITY of CULTURE programme of events. The production is scheduled for September this year. ONE DAY, MAYBE is inspired by the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising in South Korea. The project casts an eye on the […]

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Why Han Kang’s Human Acts is likely to be my book of the year

by Philip Gowman 17 February 2016
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Han Kang: Human Acts Translated by Deborah Smith Portobello Books, 2016, 224pp Originally published as 소년이 온다, Changbi Publishers Inc, Seoul, 2014 Han Kang’s Human Acts hits the bookshelves in the UK just as The Vegetarian starts to make waves in the US. The latter book has already made its mark in the UK, making […]

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Event news: launch of Han Kang’s Human Acts

by Events Editor 17 December 2015
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Three separate opportunities to hear Han Kang talk about her newly-translated book, Human Acts – a Norwich appearance sandwiched in between two London ones. If you can’t wait to get hold of a copy of the book, Foyles (whose event is 13 Jan) claim they have “exclusive availability of Human Acts for a full month […]

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March For The Beloved – in memory of Gwangju

by Philip Gowman 18 May 2013
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On the anniversary of the 18 May 1980 uprising in Gwangju, here is song which became its unofficial anthem. It was written in 1982 by Kim Jong-ryul for his friends, a couple who were murdered in the uprising. The title is 임을 위한 행진곡 or “March for the beloved”, sometimes translated as “March for the […]

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Festival visit: Jasmine Gwangju

by Philip Gowman 14 August 2011
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Gwangju seems an event from the distant past, but in fact was only 31 years ago. This year, the archives which document the history of that brief uprising were listed by UNESCO in their Memory of the World register. With perfect timing, bearing in mind the democratic uprisings in the Arab world this year, the […]

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New Korean heritage listings at UNESCO

by Philip Gowman 31 May 2011
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Diaries of Kwangju uprising, plus the Ilsungrok (account of Joseon kings' daily lives) have just been listed in UNESCO Memory of the World http://bit.ly/lJNKdY # Keywords: General post tags: 5.18 Gwangju | UNESCO

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Book Review: Hwang Sok-yong – The Old Garden

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2011
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Hwang Sok-yong: The Old Garden / The Ancient Garden Originally published in 2000 English translation by Jay Oh, Seven Stories Press 2009 / Picador 2010. “More has been expected of Hwang Sok-yong than almost any other Korean writer of the past quarter century,” says Bruce Fulton1. Having read The Guest (2002), and having watched and […]

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Petal essay contest Salon des Refusés 3

by Peter Corbishley 15 December 2009
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Peter Corbishley offers his entry into the “There a Petal Silently Falls” essay competition. A Korean novella – a human tragedy It is unnerving to have images from a half-recollected film1 play through a reading of There a Petal Silently Falls.2 Yet that sense of disorientation evocatively models how the girl’s bewildered spirit-awareness3 interweaves, recalls […]

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