The release of Park Kwang-Su’s 1988 film Chil-su and Man-su marked the starting point of the Korean New Wave. The relaxation of censorship laws in the country gave aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to tell stories and address issues previously forbidden to them. The resulting films provided a new and incisive look on South Korea, its politics and history, and were hugely influential in shaping South Korean cinema as we know it today.
This season revisits the works of two New Korean Cinema directors, Park Kwang-Su and Chung Ji-Young, and examines the social context behind the release of their films as well as their place in South Korea’s illustrious cinematic history.
London Korean Film Festival 2018
The 13th London Korean Film Festival has now ended.
We'd like to give a huge 'Thank You' to everyone who attended the fantastic screenings and events we had on offer in 2018. The festival proved a huge success, with a big increase in audience numbers, as film fans fully engaged with the festival's Special Focus: A Slice of Everyday Life and the diverse spectrum of Korean cinema from across decades & genres that we had on offer. This year the festival hosted over 50 films and brought a number of filmmakers, both seasoned veterans and exciting up-and-comers, to the UK along with some world-renowned film critics. Festival-goers were given the opportunity to engage directly with these guests at a wide range of Q&As, Masterclasses, 'In Conversation' events and more.
You can see images from all this year's events here.
Thank you so much for your support and please join us in the new year when we return with more Korean Cinema.
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.