Review of the year – film

A wide variety of genres was presented to the London audience this year, from the return of the romantic melodrama (Be With You) to big budget fantasy (Along with the Gods). We also saw #MeToo beginning to have an impact, not just in the themes of movies such as Land of Seonghye and Testimony but […]

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[Updated] A further look back at movies from 2017

by Philip Gowman 30 December 2017
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Two Korea-based critics have published lists of their top movies of the year. Many of them were screened in London this year and merited a mention in our own roundup which you can find here. And while the two critics have a lot more enthusiasm for Okja than I do both of them highlight some […]

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A look back at some of the films of 2017

by Philip Gowman 28 December 2017
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A review of some of the films that screened in London during the 2017 – another busy year. For me the undoubted highlight of the London film year was the Bae Chang-ho retrospective at the London Korean Film Festival: a chance to see a couple of his movies – including the classic Whale Hunting (1984) – […]

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A review of the London Korean year 2016

by Philip Gowman 29 December 2016
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As is traditional at this time of year, we look back at some of the highlights of the London Korean Year. Exhibitions Is it my imagination, or was there less going on this year? Certainly from the perspective of contemporary art, we have been through a lull this year. With HADA Contemporary gone, Mokspace reborn […]

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LKL at 10 years: the best of the past decade

by Philip Gowman 7 March 2016
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Well, if you can’t reminisce on your website’s 10th birthday, when can you? Here’s a collection of some of my favourite London memories of the past 10 years (and one or two from slightly further afield). Some of the moments lived up to expectation: a front row seat at a performance by K-pop ballad diva Lee […]

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A look back at the films and music of 2015

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2016
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In the second of two articles (the first looked at the world of books) we look at some of the releases of 2015 that caught our eye. Film Two Kickstarter-funded films to which LKL contributed came to fruition: Twinsters, the story of twin sisters adopted in different continents who discover each other through Facebook; and […]

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A review of the London Korean Year 2014

by Philip Gowman 18 January 2015
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2014 was billed as the year of Korean literature, and it lived up to expectations. A number of programmes were geared towards spotlighting Korean literature, central to which was the London Book Fair, where Korea was the Market Focus for the year in an ongoing initiative coordinated by the British Council. The Book Fair itself […]

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The London Korean Links Awards 2014

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2015
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Our regular unscientific seasonal post which recognises some of the people, books, films and events which made 2014 an outstanding year. Personality of the Year This year there seem to have been more anti-heroes than heroes – examples to avoid rather than emulate. Villains we loved to hate this year have included the reclusive photographer, […]

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A review of the London Korean Year 2013

by Philip Gowman 6 January 2014
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In this article, we look at some of the highlights of the Korean cultural year, with a primary focus on London. Celebrations It was the year of anniversaries. 130 years of formal relations between Britain and Korea, and the 60th anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire. The KCCUK celebrated its fifth birthday with a special […]

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The London Korean Links Awards 2013

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2013
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Now in its eighth year, here are the LKL Awards 2013. The year has been both good and bad from LKL’s perspective. Good because there seem to have been more events, more books, more films and more music than ever before as Korean culture gets more and more public attention. And bad because our day […]

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The London Korean Links Awards 2012

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2012
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The seventh eclectic and highly personal commemoration of the best of the past year. Personality of the Year Runner up There were plenty of personalities in the South Korean Olympic team, particularly the pistol shooters, archers and the gymnasts. But the athlete that everyone will remember is fencer Shin A-lam, cheated out of a place […]

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A Review of the London Korean Year 2012

by Philip Gowman 28 December 2012
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What a year it’s been. Even without any event organised by the KCC, there’s been more than enough to keep us all entertained and enriched. And when you add into the mix All Eyes on Korea, The Year of the 12 Directors and the London Korean Film Festival we’ve almost had a surfeit of K-Culture. […]

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The London Korean Links Awards 2011

by Philip Gowman 7 January 2012
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The sixth of LKL’s annual unscientific and very personal recognition of the best things of last year. And in the field of film, books and CDs what is encouraging is that there is so much to choose from. There were also plenty of good Korean cultural events in London, Edinburgh and elsewhere, but there was […]

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The London Korean Links Awards 2010

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2010
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LKL’s fifth unscientific selection of people and events who have made 2010. Personality of the Year No question about this: Kim Yu-na. Olympic champion, 5th-highest earning female sportsperson globally, ambassador for everything from the G20 to the Catholic Church. I’m sure if she ran for president she’d get elected. Albums of the Year Four LKL […]

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Bedevilled tops Tom G’s top 10 K-films of 2010

by Philip Gowman 29 December 2010
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Tom Giammarco’s picks for the Best Korean Films of 2010: http://ow.ly/3uAiC (including one at #4.5 and five sharing 10th place: 1. Bedevilled 2. Poetry 3. I saw the Devil 4. Moss 4.5. Harmony 5. 71 into the fire 6. Cyrano Agency 7. Metamorphasis 8. Secret Reunion 9. Housemaid 10. Unjust, Midnight FM, Man From Nowhere, […]

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A review of the London Korean Year 2010

by Philip Gowman 29 December 2010
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LKL tries to sum up the London Korean cultural year. Live music Possibly the most disappointing thing about 2010 has been the number of top-flight Korean musicians who have been passing through London but not stopping to do a sensible gig there. Biuret played at a private industry showcase before heading off to Southampton – […]

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The London Korean Links Awards 2009

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2009
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LKL’s fourth annual, unscientific and personal list of highlights from the London Korean Year, 2009. Film of the Year There were two hotly anticipated high-profile films this year: Bong Joon-ho’s Mother and Park Chan-wook’s Thirst. Both are obvious candidates for film of the year and delivered everything that one has come to expect from these […]

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