Early Korean Cinema: Lost Films from the Japanese Colonial Period

Early Korean Cinema - Tour Trailer

It was once assumed that all pre-1945 Korean cinema had vanished from existence, but in the 2000s a series of remarkable archival discoveries revealed a diverse treasure trove of melodramas, propaganda films and newsreels from the colonial period. We’re delighted to present them for the first time in the UK, thanks to the restoration work of the Korean Film Archive.

Here you can learn about the stars, directors and politics of this complex and controversial period in Korean history – a time when the nation was under Japanese occupation. However, rejecting these products as nothing more than colonial propaganda refuses to acknowledge the skills, desires and ambitions of the Korean filmmakers behind them.

These are unique creations that, despite their background, are the very origins of contemporary Korean cinema.

Early Korean Cinema Tour Screenings:


Broadway Cinema, Nottingham

TUITION - 3 March

Info and booking: https://www.broadway.org.uk/whats-on/tuition


Glasgow Film Theatre

TUITION – 26 March

Info and booking: https://glasgowfilm.org/shows/tuition-nc-12 

HURRAH! FOR FREEDOM – 28 March

Info and booking: https://glasgowfilm.org/shows/hurrah-for-freedom-nc-12


Showroom Cinema Sheffield

TUITION – 31 March

Info and booking: https://www.showroomworkstatio...


Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast

HURRAH! FOR FREEDOM – 7 April

Info and booking: Coming Soon

London Korean Film Festival 2018

The London Korean Film Festival 2018 Highlight Video

The London Korean Film Festival 2018 ran from 1- 14 November in London before taking highlights around the country with the annual UK Tour. The festival featured an in-depth Special Focus entitled A Slice of Everyday Life, along with an exciting mix of UK and International premieres, guests and events across a diverse set of strands; Cinema Now, Women's Voices, Indie Firepower, Contemporary Classics, Artists Video, Animation and Shorts.

You can see images from the 2018 festival here.


All film screenings are organised by the Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK). For more information on the KCCUK and its many events, including film, music, visual arts, literature and more, please visit the website here.

Whats on?

Upcoming events

26 Mar 2019

Tuition + Introduction
6:15 pm, Glasgow Film Theatre

28 Mar 2019

Hurrah! For Freedom + Introduction
6:30 pm, Glasgow Film Theatre

31 Mar 2019

Tuition + Introduction
3:00 pm, Showroom Cinema, Sheffield

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