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Pororo: The Racing Adventure

Pororo: The Racing Adventure

Dir. Park Yeong-gyoon

Odeon Covent Garden


Saturday 9th November 14:00

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How To Use Guys With Secret Tips

How To Use Guys With Secret Tips

Dir. Lee Won-suk

London Odeon Panton St


Sunday 10th November 14:00

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Moss

Moss

Dir. Kang Woo Suk

London Odeon Panton St


Thursday 14th November 20:45

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Mise-en-scene Short Films 1

Mise-en-scene Short Films 1

Dir. Various

London Odeon Panton St


Saturday 9th November 20:45

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Cinematographer Chung Chung-hoon Season

The Year of the Film Professionals 2014: Film Composer Cho Young Wuk

By following on from the success of our Screenwriter and Cinematographer retrospective’s, this summer we will be focusing on the fantastically talented composer, Cho Young Wuk. The KCCUK will screen six of his works including; The Contact, Dirty Carnival, The Concubine, Nameless Gangster, Glove and ending with a Q&A with the maestro with a screening of the popular Oldboy.

THE CONTACT

Thursday 10 July 7pm

At the Korean Cultural Centre UK

 

South Korea, 1997 / Director: Jang Yoon-hyun

Cast: Han Seok-gyu, Jeon Do-yeon

106min / Cert.15

 

Dong-hyun, a radio DJ, has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. Lovelorn and scorned his mood is lifted when he receives a copy of a Velvet Underground LP thinking that it is a gift from his ex. Since it holds a special meaning for his demised relationship, he plays Pale Blue Eyes from the record. Meanwhile, listening on the radio, Soo-hyun, a home shopping telemarketer, becomes mesmerized by the song. Over the Internet she contacts Dong-hyun requesting that the song be played again. Dong-hyun obliges and replies, hoping that his mysterious listener is his ex-girlfriend or someone she knows.

 

 

A DIRTY CARNIVAL

Thursday 24 July 7pm

At the Korean Cultural Centre UK

 

South Korea, 2006 / Director: Yoo Ha

Cast: Jo In-seong, Kim Won-jin, Chun Ho-jin, Lee Bo-young

141min / Cert.18

 

A poor, small-time gangster, Byung-doo, barely supports his family off the meagre pay from his boss Sang-chul. To get the big payday that he needs, he takes a job, in secret, from the head of his gangster family, to kill a bothersome Public Attorney. Successful, Byung-doo starts to live the high life until more secret and violent jobs are left for him to undertake, leaving a deepening emotional impact on his family and self.  Can Byung-doo have everything without jeopardizing his and the lives of the people he loves the most?

 

 

THE CONCUBINE

Thursday 14 August 7pm

At the Korean Cultural Centre UK

 

South Korea, 2012 / Director: Kim Dae-sueng

Cast: Jo Yeo-jeong, Kim Dong-wook, Kim Min-jun

122min / Cert.18

 

Living a poverty stricken life, a father looks to save his daughter; Hwa-yeon, by offering her as a concubine to the King. Once inside the palace grounds, Hwa-yeon captures the love and lust of two men, Grand Prince Seong-won and a commoner; Kwon-yoo. The love triangle begins to turn sinister when the Queen mother involves herself as she attempts to overthrow the childless King.

 

 

NAMELESS GANGSTER: RULES OF THE TIME

Thursday 28 August 7pm

At the Korean Cultural Centre UK

 

South Korea, 2012 / Director: Yoon Jong-bin

Cast: Choi Min-sik, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong

133min / Cert.18

 

On the verge of losing his job, a corrupt customs agent, Ik-hyun, finds the motherland of drug stashes. Looking to take advantage of his find, Ik-hyun is put in contact with Busan’s top gangster, Hyung-bae. The two quickly form a close bond over a sense of a loose familial tie. Reaching the top of the crime mountain, cracks begin to show between the two, thanks to the greediness of Ik-bae.

 

 

Glove

Thursday 11 September 7pm

At the Korean Cultural Centre UK

 

South Korea, 2011 / Director: Kang Woo-suk

Cast: Jung Jae-young, Yoo Sun

144mins / Cert. 15

 

Sang-nam is a hot-tempered pro Baseball player who is sent to the countryside to coach a group of hearing impaired players after his most recent embarrassing run in with the press. At first he can’t imagine how to teach the team but he soon sees that they have real potential and looks to take them to the nationals. The more time he stays with the team, the more he begins to bond with them, particularly with the team’s manager, Ms Na.

 

 

OLDBOY + Q&A WITH CHO YOUNG WUK

Thursday 25 September 7pm

At the Korean Cultural Centre UK

 

South Korea, 2003 / Director: Park Chan-wook

Cast: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung

120min / Cert.18

 

Oh Dae-su is an average businessman, but after celebrating his daughter's birthday he finds himself kidnapped and held captive with no explanation. One morning he awakes to find himself set free, fifteen years have passed and the world has changed. He finds his wife has been murdered with him in the frame and his daughter adopted and taken out of the country. Seeking revenge, Oh Dae-su, with the help of a strange woman, Mido, looks to hunt down and kill those responsible.

 

RCM Masterclass with Cho Young Wuk

 

The Royal College of Music (RCM) looks forward to welcoming Cho Young Wuk on Tuesday 30 September 2014 at 3pm in the Belle Shenkman Studio. In this masterclass, the film composer Cho will illustrate his approach to film music composition with example of his recent works. The event is moderated by Dr Vasco Hexel, leader of the RCM Masters Programme in Composition for Screen.

www.rcm.ac.uk

 

 

The Year of the Film Professionals 2014: Chung Chung-hoon

During his brief stay in London Chung Chung-hoon participated in three additional workshop events hosted by the Met Film School, London Film School and London Film Academy. Thanks to the warm welcome and intellectual engagement, Chung very much enjoyed his time here discussing the process of taking a script to the screen and developing a visual narrative. He commented that he wished he had had more time to spend with the audience members and students. We hope that you enjoyed his visit as well. Please see below the remaining two screenings as part of the Chung Chung-hoon season.

 

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For the first quarter, we welcomed the screenwriter and director Park Hoon-jung, and he conducted a number of exciting events, including the Q&A session after the screening of New World and two additional screenwriting workshops at the National Film and Television School and London Film Academy. Following on the success of our first guest with one of - not just Korea’s but the worlds most inventive cinematographers, we introduce Chung Chung-hoon. The KCCUK will screen six works namely: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005), Antarctic Journal (2005), I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK (2006), Thirst (2009), Blades of Blood (2010) and Stoker (2013).

Cinematographer Chung Chung-hoon has been one of the Korean film industry’s most influential and visually inspiring voices over the last ten years. With many creative collaborative works with director Park Chan-wook, the cinematographer has been pivotal in propelling Korean film onto the global stage. A lover of great filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese and Simon Peckinpah as well as a strong admiration for photographers like Gregory Crewdson has helped to develop his stylistic mix of brutality and beauty.

 

Filmography 

 

Boulevard (2014)

The Doors (2013)

New World (2013)

Stoker (2013)

The Unjust (2010)

Slow Slow Quick Quick (2010)

Blades of Blood (2010)

Thirst (2009)

I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Ok (2006)

Dasepo Naughty Girls (2006)

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)

Antarctic Journal (2005)

Three… Extremes (2004)

Oldboy (2003)

Gohae (2001)

Record (2000)

Yuri (1996)



KFN: Park Hoon-jung's Visit to London

The Park Hoon-jung season, the first of the KCCUK's 'The Year of the Film Professionals', ended with a amazing screening of New World(2013) at KCCUK followed by the Q&A with the talented screenwriter & director Park Hoon-jung. The KCCUK would like to thank the director Park and audiences who have joined us to show their continuing support for our film programme. Below are some pictures of the event.

Audiences queuing up for the New World + Q&A Screening

 

Park Hoon-jung singing his DVDs

Park Hoon-jung at the NFTS workshop

KFN: Park Hoon-jung posing for a photograph with a fan

KFN: A reception after the New World screening

KFN: New World with director's Q&A

KFN: New World with director's Q&A

Screenwriting Masterclass: Featuring Q&A with Park Hoon-jung

The Year of Film Professionals

 

After the hugely successful Year of 12 Actors and the 2013 Year of 4 Actors the Korean Cultural Centre UK is proud to present, The Year of Film Professionals. Each quarter of 2014 the KCCUK will highlight the work from various behind the camera professionals who make the Korean film industry great. First up is the screenwriter, Park Joon-jung. 

 

Feb-Mar '14

KFN: Park Hoon-jung

With only four films under his belt as a scriptwriter, two of which he directed, Park Hoon-jung has quickly made a name for himself. With his keen sense of film genre and knowing what makes a fantastic thriller, he has helped, as a writer, to bring Korean genre cinema back to the forefront of the world stage. Films included are; I Saw The Devil, The Unjust, The Showdown and New World with the latter featuring a Q&A from the writer; Park Hoon-jung.

 

 

'The Year of 4 Actors'

After the success of 2012's 'the Year of 12 Directors' the KCCUK is proud to present 'the Year of 2 Actors'. Much like 2012's year long screenings this event will highlight four of Korea's great acting talents, each receiving three months of screenings, culminating in a screening at BAFTA with the actor in attendance for a Q&A.

Oct-Dec '13 

KFN: Ha Jung-woo

 

Ha Jung-woo has quickly become one of the most popular and talented young male actors in the last ten years. What sets the actor apart from his contemporaries his is taking on of unconventional roles from his work with Kim Ki-duk in Time and Breath, to the fantastical Fox Family to his darker roles in the commercial and critically successful; The Chaser, Yellow Sea, Nameless Gangster and The Berlin File. The latter films have helped to propel this great talent onto the global stage. However his success has not stopped the actor from risk taking with his foray into the director’s chair and a documentary, Project 577, created after the actor lost a bet. Whatever your thoughts on the actor and his films, it is undeniable that Ha Jung-woo is an exciting talent to keep an eye on.


Thank You!

Well thats the end of the 8th London Korean Film Festival. We would like to thank everyone who came and supported Korean film in the UK this month. The fantastic audience and host of contributors to the festival have again helped to exceed our expectations of the festival's success, making this year the best so far. Though the festival has sadly come to an end for another year that does not mean that the Korean films have come to an end. The KCCUK still have free film screenings, finishing out with the Ha Jung-woo season INCLUDING the man himself coming to town and some exciting plans for 2014. Also keep your eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for news of upcoming Korean film releases like the LKFF2013 selected FLU being released today (22nd Nov). So again thank you and look forward to seeing you all soon.

 

 

Closing Gala

Well tonight the 8th London Korean Film Festival comes to a close before touring the rest of the country. So before the curtain drops on Boomerang Family here is a brief look back over the last week.

 

Please find more exciting photos at our Flickr page


Public of Enemy +Q & A with Dir. Kang Woo Suk and Actor Sol Kyung-goo

Flu+Q & A with Director Kim Sung-soo

Dir. Kim Jee-woon: In Shorts

Three Shorts, Q & A with Director Kim Dong-ho

Opening Gala: Hide and Seek

 

 


 

All tickets for the Odeon are now on sale. Visit http://www.odeon.co.uk/korean-film-festival/ to buy your tickets. Also all KCCUK and Curzon screenings are free. You can reserve your seat by visiting Korean Cultural Centre UK

Festival Trailer

 

Up Coming Film Events & News

LKFF2013 Guests

With every year the London Korean Film Festival always looks to bring the best in Korean filmmaking talent to the UK and this year we have done very well. The Opening Gala, Hide & Seek, will feature a Q&A with its director and lead actor; Huh Jung and Son Hyun-joo respectively, Director Kang Woo Suk with be visiting for our Directorspective as well as actor Sol Kyung-gu, Director of short Jury, Kim Dong-ho, Director Kim Jee-woon returns, Director of Flu; Kim Sung-soo, film critic Oh Dong-jin and with a showstopper in our Closing Gala of Boomerang Family with appearances from director Song Hae-sung and actors; Yoon Je-moon and Youn Yuh-jung. Of course it would not be the film festival without appearances from our great contributors; Tony Rayns and Mark Morris. 

And don't forget that our guest, Ha Jung-woo, will be visiting for our final 'Year of 4 Actors' Q&A screening at BAFTA. 

 

 


 

The 8th London Korean Film Festival Programme

 

 

 

At a press conference this after the director of the London Korean Film Festival, Hye-jung Jeon, announced our 8th film festival programme. This year the festival will be showcasing the best of Korean cinema from the last 12 months including our Opening Gala of the surprise smash hit thriller, Hide and Seek and our Closing Gala, Boomerang Family. The festival's retrospective this year will shine a light on the great Kang Woo-suk with screenings of Public Enemy, Public Enemy Returns and Fist of Legend to name a few. You will see the return of festival favourites including the Mise-en-Scene Short Film section, animation for the kids, talks, Q&As with the cream of Korean directing and acting talent and more films than you could every want! So head over to our festival 2013 section and see what's on offer and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter sites for the latest news and screening information. 

Tickets will be onsale soon. 

 


 

Congratulations to the London Korean Film Festival's Director, Jeon Hye-jung, for winning the Special Gratitude (Thanks Award) Audi Award at this year's Busan Film Festival for her contribution to Korean cinema in the UK. The awards were attended by the KCCUK's 'Year of 4 Actors' Ha Jung-woo, Jeon Do-yeon as well as a whose who of the Korean film industry.

 

 


 

 

The London Korean Film Festival 2013

With the Opening Gala of the London Korean Film Festival fast approaching, the festival will be releasing this year's programme on Tuesday 15th October. 

As with past years, this festival will bring the best in Korean cinema including the blockbusters, the indies, the festival favourites, short films and plenty of fantastic events and guests.

We hope everyone is as excited as we are for this year's festival and hope to see you all there. 

 


KFN: Choi Min-sik @BAFTA

 

The Choi Min-sik season ended with a fantastic screening of Nameless Gangster @BAFTA with the great Choi Min-sik himself. The KCCUK would like to thank the actor as well as the contributors and everyone who turned up for making the event what it was. Below are a few pictures of the event, for more visit the KCCUK flickr page.

 

Jun-Sep '13

KFN: Choi Min-shik

 

Choi Min-sik is one of Korea’s most versatile, critically success and internationally recognisable actors working today. There is no doubt that along with; Lee Byung-hun, Park Chan-wook, and a handful of others, they are the reason for the resurgence of Korean films on an international level.

Beginning his career on stage, Choi Min-sik quickly acquired a following thanks to strong performances in such films and TV shows as Kuro Arirang, Our Twisted Hero and The Moon of Seoul. It was not until 1999 with his unique portrayal of a North Korean agent in what is thought of as Korea’s first blockbuster, Swiri. What followed was a number of growing critical praises in Happy End, Failan and, in 2002 with the Cannes winning, Chihwaseon.

Two years later in 2004 saw the release of one of Korea’s most seminal films, Oldboy. This helped to attract the international film spotlight to Korea and launched a wave of dark thrillers. Though finding great success on screen Choi Min-sik routine returns to his first love, the stage, with Hamlet and Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman. The actor has also become very outspoken politically, particularly against the Korean governments choice to lower the Screen Quote, believing that it would be “tantamount to a death sentence for Korean film.”

Over the last decade since the release of Oldboy, Choi Min-sik has reinvented himself again and again. His performances in Crying Fist, I Saw The Devil and Nameless Gangster have shown that there is no stopping, or typecasting one of the great acting talents.

 


KFN: Moon So-ri @ BAFTA

With the first of the KCCUK's 'Year of the 4 Actors' concluded everyone here would like to thank everyone who came to our events, and we would especially like to thank Moon So-ri herself for taking the time to meet with the UK fans for this great event. We hope everyone has just a good time with the rest of the year. 


We would like to celebrate our last month of 'the year of 12 Directors'

 

December Installation: Director Yim Soon-rye

 

What a pleasure it is to welcome Yim Soonrye to London with four of her films! She isn’t well known to British audiences, and one reason may be that no-one seems able to agree on how to spell her name in English: she’s been credited as both “Yim Soonrye” and “Lim Soonrye” on her films, and so some people may not have realised how much she has achieved. Now in her early forties, she has written or co-written and directed six features and one short. She has also done a lot to nurture new talent, partly by giving people breaks on her own films and last year by producing Lee Kwangkuk’s wonderful debut feature Romance Joe, seen in the London Film Festival.

Yim was one of the directors who helped to create a New Korean Cinema in the 1990s, not long after the change from military to civilian government in South Korea deregulated the old Chungmuro film industry. Her debut feature Three Friends (1996) was a realist drama about three working-class boys (one obese, one gay, one thwarted in his creative ambitions), closer in tone and style to European “new wave” films than to anything in earlier Korean cinema. That film announced her interest in and sympathy for underdogs – a position she maintains to this day – and her determination to break new ground rather than simply reproducing old formulas.

Her films have been impressively varied. In the west we’re used to seeing women directors focusing on women’s issues, but Yim refuses to see women and men differently.  Her very witty contribution to the Korean Human Rights Commission’s anthology film If You Were Me (2003) makes plain her feelings about Korean male sexism, and her sports drama Forever the Moment (2008) celebrates the triumph of a women’s handball team at the 2004 Athens Olympics, but the underdogs she has in her sights are just as often men as women. Wakiki Brothers (2001) is one of the best films ever made about the trials and tribulations of a failed rock band and, by extension, the gradual disillusionment of the “baby boomer” generation. And her episode film Fly, Penguin (2009) gives equal attention to the day-to-day problems faced by men and women in all sectors of Korean society, from the very young to the elderly.

Her latest film Rolling Home with a Bull (2010) is in many ways her most surprising. An adaptation of a novel by Kim Doyeon, it’s a kind of parable with strong Buddhist overtones – but anchored in immediately recognisable social and emotional realities. It’s the most unexpected Korean film of its kind since Jang Sunwoo’s Hwa-eom-gyeong nearly twenty years ago, and it confirms Yim Soonrye as a director who is still evolving and still pressing forward into new territories. As I said, it’s a huge pleasure to welcome her to London with her films.

by Tony Rayns

<Chrismas Event>

Special Screening of <Rolling Home with A Bull> with the Director Yim's Q&A

Date: Dec 20 2012, 6.30pm
Admission Free

Please RSVP to 
info@kccuk.org.uk / 020 7004 2600

 

Please remember to add us on Twitter.com/koreanfilmfest and tweet us your review of the film to be in with a chance to win a fantastic Korean film DVD. To reserve your place please visit the KCCUK website and click on the film you wish to book. Admission is free.

 


November Installation Director Song Hae-seong

At a Glance: 

Director Song Hae-seong

 

 

Song Hae-seong’s film career is now in its 3rd decade during which time he has created a critically acclaimed and memorable body of work that has proved popular both in Korea and at Festivals across the globe. As a two time winner of the Best Director Award at Korea’s prestigious ‘Grand Bell Awards’ presented by the Motion Picture Association of Korea, Song Hae Seong is in very good company indeed. In fact only Im Kwon Taek has ever won more than two Grand Bells for Best Director.

Director Song graduated with a major in cinema and like so many of his contemporaries began a career at the bottom. He spent the next decade progressing up the career ladder working as an assistant director on countless projects. It was not until 1999 that Song took his place in the director’s chair with his debut ‘Calla’. Director Song cut his teeth in Korea’s ultra competitive film industry before committing his own stories to print. This extensive apprenticeship is apparent throughout his work as Song’s films are each noted for their atmospheric cinematography and excellent trade-craft.

 

 

The Korean Film Night will be screening 4 of Director Song Hae-seong’s most memorable films throughout November,  namely  

Rikidozan: A Hero Extraordinary (2004), 

Maundy Thursday (2006),

 Failan (2001), 

A Better Tomorrow (2010)

at the KCCUK. (Free Admission)

 

 

 

May I express our regret to you all that due to his film schedule, Director Song Hae-seong won’t be able to visit London for the special screening of <A Better Tomorrow> which was supposed to take place on 29th Nov.  Therefore, Instead of the special screening at the Apollo, the film <A Better Tomorrow> will be presented at the KCCUK (FREE ADMISSION)

 

 

 


 

Another Year Over

Well that's a wrap of the 7th London Korean Film Festival. Everyone here at the festival and KCCUK would like to thank everyone for showing up to support Korean cinema here in the UK and hope you all had a good time. If you have any comments or would like to share your thoughts on the festival; what we're doing well, what we could improve upon, then do not hesitate to let us know through our facebook or Twitter (@koreanfilmfest) accounts. Even though the festival is over the KCCUK is still hosting the 'Year of 12 Directors' every Thursday and will be releasing information on the Korean Film Night '13 in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled. Here's some photos of the festival for all you to reminisce over. Again, thank you for your continuing support.

 

LKFF '12 On the Road Again

Thats right, we are in the exciting tour portion of the festival, bringing some of our great films to Glasgow, Bristol and Bournemouth! See below for details on venues, dates and times.

 

Glasgow Grosvenor Cinema

10th Nov 14:00 

Padak 

11th Nov 20:30

As One, Korea

12th Nov 20:30

Eungyo

 

Bristol Cube Cinema

13th Nov 20:00

King Of Pigs

14th Nov 17:30

I Am A King

 

Bournemouth Odeon

15th Nov 18:30

Sleepless Night

15th Nov 20:45

Deranged

16th Nov 15:00

Black Eagle (R2B: Return To Base)

 


Closing Gala, More Films & Tour

The last ten days have blown by as we have arrived at our Closing Gala screening of Masquerade at London's, Odeon West End. Tonight will be a star studded event with the film's director Hoo Chang-min as well as the two stars Lee Byun-hun and Ryu Seung-ryong appearing at the screening. Though this is our Closing Gala it does not mean that it is the end of the festival. We still have four more films on Sunday at the ICA and Odeon Panton St aas well as our tour to Glasgow, Bristol and Bournemouth with some of our best films until Nov 16th. Hope all of you in London enjoyed our festival and hope everyone in our touring cities enjoy the great Korean films coming your way.

 

 


 

Opening Gala

With the 7th London Korean Film Festival well and truly underway we would like to thank everyone that has come along and hope you enjoy the rest of our selection. We still have some great events including films at the ICA, Odeon, our Closing Gala and tour to Bristol, Bournemouth and Glasgow so there's plenty more K-film fun to be had.   

 


After 2 years of preparation, we are honoured to present work of Director Im Kwon-taek at the BFI and the ICA

 

 

We would like to celebrates the rise of modern Korean cinema through the achievements of  the visionary director IM Kwon-taek

8 Features will be screening at the BFI

Please note that there will be no screening at the Korean Cultural Centre this month


Date : 22 Oct - 3 Nov
Venue: BFI Southbank 
Belvedere Road, 
The South Bank Centre, 
London
Booking : www.bfi.org.uk

020 7928 3232

 

 

 

7 Features will be screening at the ICA 

Please note that there will be no screening at the Korean Cultural Centre this month

Date : 19 Oct - 2 Nov

Venue: ICA 
The Mall, 
London ,
SW1Y 5AH
Booking : www.ica.org.uk
020 7930 3647

  

 

 

Please note that there will be no screening at the Korean Cultural Centre this month


Futher Enquiries, Please feel free to cotact me : 

London Korean Film Festival Coordinator

Korean Cultural Centre UK

Ground Floor, Grand Buildings
1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW
Tel: +44 (0)20 7004 2612
Email: lkff10@gmail.com
http://www.koreanfilm.co.uk
www.twitter.com/koreanfilmfest

 

 

 


 

Director Jeon Kyu Hwan visits London

 

The special screening of Director Jeon Kyu-hwan's 2011 film 'From Seoul to Varanasi' took place on 27th Sept.as part of our 'Year of the 12 Directors'  programme. 
Director Jeon completed his mini-season with a special Q+A session with the audience and the UK press..
The special screening of Director Jeon Kyu-hwan's 2011 film 'From Seoul to Varanasi' took place on 27th Sept.as part of our 'Year of the 12 Directors'  programme.  Director Jeon completed his mini-season with a special Q+A session with the audience and the UK press.
Director Jeon's interview with the UK bloggers and critics
 
Tonight, we have finally reached to the end of the installment of Jeon Kyu-hwan's film at the Vue Cinema. Director JEON has received clapping when he first appear on stage.
Directors's Q&A with LWL film reviewer David Jenkins  After screening, hosted by David Jenkins (Right), we had the Q+A with director Jeon
During the interview, he stated that he dosen't mind what the audience would think of his film but wants to express his thought and perception through his film. He is not only a director but the true author who craves for something diffrent from others. That is what makes him different. 
 

 


The 2012 Korean Film Night is proud to present the work of Jeon Kyu-hwan throughout September

 

Taken as a single body of work, the cinematic project of independent Korean auteur, Jeon Kyu-hwan, offers a relentless and punishing discourse regarding all that is reprehensible about mankind.
Each of his films is photographed on abrasive digital video which lends the city skylines a sickening yellow hue: it's a calculatedly ugly aesthetic which neatly dovetails with the inexorably grim subject matter on show. Critics have compared his films to the dour dramas of Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu ('21 Grams', 'Babel'), though Jeon seldom offers even the possibility of respite. In the world he chronicles, there is no transcendence and there is no poetry. 
He won plaudits on the festival circuit with a loosely linked trilogy of films: 'Mozart Town' (2008), 'Animal Town' (2009) and 'Dance Town' (2010). Though similar in their bleak, confrontational style, the 'Town' films collectively address the street-level realities of the global economic downturn, whether that be on a pair of African immigrants attempting to get enough money to return to their country (Mozart), a convicted paedophile attempting to reintegrate into society (Animal) or, most movingly, a “refugee” from North Korea who is finding life in the South to be just as restrictive and unpleasant.
One thing that is noticeable from consuming Jeon's back catalogue in order is that he appears to get more assured with each film: his style more fluid, his storytelling more cogent, his way with dialogue more naturalistic, his editing more intricate, his work with actors more subtle, and the overall emotional impact more intense. Jeon followed the Town trilogy with a bruised study of contemporary relationships and globalisation, 'From Seoul to Varanasi', and he has already made another film since then, a quasi-surreal study of a seriously ill mortuary worker called 'The Weight'.
Through these five films, Jeon has grown into a serious and distinctive talent, though there is no way of sugar-coating this: he is a filmmaker who demonstrates an abiding and singular interest in the dynamics of suffering. Happy viewing!


written by David Jenkins 
Reviews editor, Little White Lies

 

The films that will be screened during this month's mini-retrospective at the KCCUK are:

‘Mozart Town’ (2008), ‘Animal Town’ (2009) and ‘Dance Town’ (2010)

 

<Special Screening>

From Seoul to Varanasi

+ DIRECTOR Q&A

6:30pm, Thursday 27th August 

Vue Cinema, West End (Leicester Square)

Date:              6:30pm, 27th September

Venue:           VUE cinema Westend (Leicester Square)

                     19 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4LR

Booking:        http://www.apollocinemas.com

                     020 7004 2600

Cast:   Dong-hwan Yoon, Shin Ye-an, Nigel D'Sa

Genre: Drama

Certificate:     18 (South Korea)

Running Time:  98 mins

Synopsis

Seoul, the present day, winter. Book publisher Yeong-u (Yun Dong-hwan) is having an affair with Su-yeon (Shin Ye-an), a writer. His bored wife, Ji-yeong (Choi Won-jeong), takes yoga lessons at classes run by Samira (Cassandra Holmes). Samira and her brother Kerim (Nollaig Walsh) are Lebanese-born Muslims who were adopted by Canadians when young. Kerim works at a restaurant, outside which Ji-yeong accidentally knocks down a sign with her car. She gives him her mobile number, saying she'll pay for the damage, and when Kerim faints in the street one day she is contacted by hospital staff and arranges for him to be treated. A friendship grows between the two and, when Kerim and his Muslim friend Ali (Nigel D'Sa) journey to the holy Indian city of Varanasi, Ji-yeong later flies there on a whim to find him, leaving a note for Yeong-u that she's gone to visit her brother down south in Changwon for a rest.

 

With our final film of the Director Jeon season, we meet a complex set of adulterous characters in this cross-cultural, transnational love story. In ‘From Seoul to Varanasi’ (2011) Young-wu is married to Ji-young, Young-wu has a mistress and Ji-young has her lovers, however when Ji-young begins an affair with Ke-rim events begin to escalate out of control. Ji-young follows her new boyfriend Ke-rim to India leaving her husband, Young-wu believing that his wife is visiting friends and family in Korea. Although Director Jeon’s most accessible film to date, ‘From Seoul to Varanasi’ still retains his trademark style in what is another powerful drama by one of Korea’s leading storytellers.

 

“In September our ‘Year of the 12 Directors’ Programme continues with the striking films of Director Jeon Kyu Hwan in a season of strong, hypnotic movies that will live long in the memory.”

 


 

Director Lee Yoon-ki visits London with his minimalist film

'Come Rain Come Shine'

 

The Speical sreening of Director Lee Yoon-ki's 'COME RAIN COME SHINE' that took place on 30th AUG. After the screenig, we hosted the director Lee Yoon-ki for Q&A


Korean cinema fans gathered to watch Director Lee Yoon-ki's 2011 film <Come Rain Come Shine> starring Hyun-bin, our favorite actor at all time and korea's representative beauty, Im Soojung. The special screening was followed by a Q&A session with Director LEE in person and was hosted by a professor Choi Jinhee.



Before the screeing,  Film critics, writers and bloggers came the Apollo Cinema to interview with Director Lee. Aftr the interview, they took a group phto!



During the Q&A session after the screening of <COME RAIN COME SHINE, 2011> the audience conveyed their thoughts about the film and asked various questions relating to Director LEE's minimalist film, cinema style and his particular directing style. In response, Director Lee Hyeon-seung shared his world of Korean cinema. Everyone had a great fun talking with Director Lee.

 


He said to the audience, "when I was initiating this film, I was always telling people taht I would like to direct a film that make the audience sleep within 10 minute". He is alway pursuing new cinematic approaches and an experimental director.
 

The after-screening reception with Director Lee

 

The special screening of Director LEE Yoon-kis 'Come Rain Come Shine' that took place on 30th Aug. After the special screening with Q&A, the audiences formed the queue for meeting him in person!

 

 

 


 

August Installation Director Lee Yoon-ki  

At a Glance:

Humanity through Lee Yoon-ki's Films

LEE Yoon-Ki is a Director who has established a name for himself in both domestic and international markets by consistently creating atmospheric, delicate and sincere films that focus upon the lives and emotions of ordinary people. LEE’s characters have a piece of us all in them, be it a look, a glance, a tear or a laugh, we know who these people are as they are us.

Director LEE presents intimate dramas that have always appealed to the festival circuit and as such he has become a regular at Festivals across the globe, most notably appearing at the Berlin International Film Festival four times in five years and being short-listed for the ‘Golden Bear’ in 2011. Lee is a confident Director who understands his craft and as such his choice of leads is always precise and assured. Noted for his development of female characters, LEE’s filmmaking style gives the actors ‘space’ allowing their performances to shine through.

<Special Screening>

COME RAIN, COME SHINE

+ DIRECTOR Q&A

6:30pm, Thursday 30th August 

Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly

synopsis

On the day of separation, a couple still play hide and seek with their true feelings. While driving to the airport one day, a young woman tells her husband that she wants to leave him for another man. The husband does not ask her why. On the day she is to move out, a massive storm strikes seemingly stranding her and forcing them to spend another day together. A lot can happen in one day, as their soon to be new reality sinks in.

 

Date:               6:30pm, Thursday 30th August

Venue:           Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly

                     19 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4LR

Booking:        http://www.apollocinemas.com

                     020 7004 2600

Cast:             Hyun Bin, Lim Soo-jeong

Genre:           Drama, Romance

Certificate:     15 (South Korea)

Running Time: 105 mins

In our final film of the LEE Yoon-Ki programme the 2011 piece ‘Come Rain, Come Shine’ introduces us to the lives of an unhappily married couple on the verge of divorce. Selected for the 2011 Berlin Film Festival ‘Come Rain, Come Shine’ explores the feelings and emotions we all go through when one’s relationship breaks down. Hyun Bin plays a husband who may be considerate but is distant and Su-jeong Lim plays a wife who needs more from her relationship. After five years of marriage she decides to leave. On the day of her departure events coincide to keep her in the apartment for one more day and at last the couple are forced to come to terms with who they are, what they have become and who they would like to be. It must be said that Director LEE’s films have an idealistic as well as realistic feel and ‘Come Rain, Come Shine’ explores an opportunity to halt events that very few people are afforded in their relationships. With his long takes, static and observational camera angles, Director LEE presents a piece that although muted is articulate, eloquent and warm.

 In each space in Come Rain, Come Shine, the audience is invited to observe characters, whose words are sparse, yet whose emotions and conflicts resonate through everyday routines and inexpressive actions.  Jeong-hye’s biting a piece of kim-chi or cleaning of the plants in her balcony reveals as much about her character as does the flashback of the painful back-story of her childhood we see later in the film; a slowly changing relationship between Hee-su and Byeong-woon can be detected through Hee-su’s subtle change of her glances at Beyong-woon throughout the film; in Come Shine, Come Rain, a husband’s suppression of emotions (or ambivalence) toward an impending divorce is manifest through his careful wrapping of his soon-to be ex-wife’s favorite cups.

 

“Director LEE with his nod to the art-house style, his atmospheric cinematography and strong characters presents a mini-season of memorable and stimulating films for us all to enjoy.”

 

 

 


 

 

The Director of 'Late Autumn'(2011) returns
with the adaptation of the oldest surviving
Korean silent film:

"Crossroads of Youth"

 

As part of the All Eyes On Korea 100 day summer festival event, the Korean Cultural Centre UK welcomed Director Tae-yong Kim and the CROSSROADS OF YOUTH team back to the UK after a successful performance last year at the Mayor's Thames Festival. 

Director Tae-yong Kim thanked the KCC staff for their efforts in preparing various events that promote Korean culture.
The Director also stated his delight in visiting London for a second time with "Crossroads of Youth"

Famous Korean actor Hee-bong Jo was the narrator, who effortlessly took on the roles of all the characters of the film with ease - not to mention be funny at the same time!

A byeon-sa was always used in silent films in the early years of cinema. 

'Crossroads of Youth' was a new experience for many as the film screening not only involved a silent black and white film, but also a narrator (who narrated all the lines of the all the characters live on stage), live musical instruments and singers performing together on one stage. 

The "Crossroads of Youth" team visit the Korean Cultural Centre UK before their flight back to Korea.
"Crossroads of Youth HWAITING!"
"Korean Cultural Centre UK HWAITING!"

 

 


 

Korean Cinema fans in the UK celebrate

OLYMPICS EVE, D-1

with Director Lee Hyeon-seung!

 

Fans lined up outside London's Apollo Cinema to watch Director Lee Hyeon-seung's 2011 film <HINDSIGHT> starring Korea's most well-known actor Song Kang-ho (The Host, 2006 and Memories of Murder, 2003) and rising talent Shin Se-kyung. The special screening was followed by a Q&A session with Director LEE in person and was hosted by film producer and writer Kaleem Aftab. 

The day initiated with a special event to cheer on the South Korean Olympic Football team as they went up against Mexico. The Korean Cultural Centre was transformed into a football stadium, encouraging the South Korean athletes. Many of the K-Supporters who attended the <K-SPORTS> event also joined the <K-FILM> event with Director Lee.

Director Lee Hyeon-seung was interviewed by nine British film writers, critics, bloggers and lecturers at the Apollo Cinema prior to the special screening. 

During the Q&A session after the screening of <HINDSIGHT, 2011> the audience expressed their thoughts about the film and asked various questions relating to Director LEE's filmic techniques and cinema style. In response, Director Lee Hyeon-seung shared his world of Korean cinema, especially about his perspective on encouraging the youth of today's modern society. 

 

Don't miss out on next week's <K-FILM> event at The Barbican: CROSSROADS OF YOUTH!

2:30PM, Thursday 2nd August, £10, http://www.barbican.org.uk/film/event-detail.asp?ID=13721

 


 

 

<Crossroads of Youth>

Screening

2.30pm 2 August 2012

Barbican Centre Cinema 1

The oldest surviving Korean silent film with live musical accompaniment

Ticket: £10 (no concessions)

 

 

It is 1934 and Young-bok has married into Bong-sun’s family. There he works hard for 7 years only to see his wife leave him for another man. Putting this stinging betrayal behind him Young-bok leaves his rural hometown, elderly mother, and younger sister, Young-ok to fend for themselves and instead heads to Seoul to make a name for himself. There, Young-bok falls for Kye-soon, a young woman who lives a pitiful life supporting her ill father and young sister.

Back in the countryside, Young-bok’s mother passes away, and Youbg-ok goes to Seoul to look for her brother. Instead, she meets Kye-chul, who assaults both her and Youbg-bok’s new love. After hearing about his girlfriend’s plight, Young-bok rushes to Kye-chul’s house, where he unexpectedly reunites with his sister. After hearing her story, Young-bok decides to take his revenge on Kye-chul.

During the silent film era, movies in Korea were part of a broader entertainment experience. Before and after a screening, there were a variety of performing arts including songs by actresses or singers and performances of actors in the films. The Korean Film Archive and director Tae-yong Kim have restored this attractive theatrical experience with Crossroads of Youth.

Running time 70 min

With the live musical accompaniment this special screening of ‘Crossroads of Youth’ invites you to experience the film just as the Korean audiences did when it was premiered in 1934.

To Book Tickets for the Screening of ‘Crossroads of Youth’: 

London’ Barbican Centre Cinema 1 (£10/ No Cons.)

http://www.barbican.org.uk/film/event-detail.asp?ID=13721

 


 

Make 26th your Korean Day

Olympics Eve D-1 Event and Special screening 'Hindsight' + Q&A with Director Lee Hyeon-seung

26th July, 6.30pm Apollo Cinema Piccadilly

 

 

 

 

After three successful screenings of the director's films at the KCCUK ('Il Mare', 'Sunset into the neon lights', 'The blue in you') the last week's screening will be held at the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly for a special screening of the director's 2011 film 'HINDSIGHT' which will be followed by a Q&A session with Director Lee Hyeon-seung.

As a special 'OLYMPICS EVE D-1' event, the KCC will be holding a K-supporting event from 1PM at the KCCUK to cheer on the South Korean team as the go up against Mexico in the men's Football. The kick-off will start at 2:30PM and there will be various half-time events throughout the screening of the match.

For everyone who attends the K-supporting event between 1PM and 5PM will receive free tickets to the 6:30PM screening of HINDSIGHT (however, limited seats available! First come, first served!)

 

THURSDAY 26th JULY


<K-SPORTS>
Cheer on the Korean team
Time: 1PM
Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK

<K-FILM>
Screening of 'Hindsight' and Q&A with Director Lee Hyeon-seung
Time: 6:30PM
Venue: Apollo Cinema Piccadilly

 

 

SYNOPSIS... Doo-heon, once a legendary figure in the world of organized crime, wants to live a quiet and normal life running his own restaurant. Se-bin, hired to keep a close eye on him, approaches him at a cooking class. Doo-heon, hiding his past, and Se-bin, hiding her identity, grow close to each other.
Doo-heon and Se-bin grow attached to each other as they cook side by side. Doo-heon compliments Se-bin on her culinary skills and half-jokingly suggests running a restaurant together. Se-bin feels comfortable around him, who is unbelievably warm-hearted for someone who once used to be a legend in organized crime. One day, the head of an organized crime cartel who was dearly fond of Doo-heon passes away, naming the already retired Doo-heon as successor. The cartel fractures with internal conflict. Se-bin, a former shooting champion, receives orders to take Doo-heon down. Just as she is about to refuse, she learns that Eun-jeong, who was like family to her, has already attempted to assassinate Doo-heon on her own and was killed in the process. Se-bin plots revenge, watches over his every move, and waits for the perfectly deadly opportunity. But she soon realizes that her feelings toward Doo-heon make it hard for her to pull the trigger. Se-bin discovers that Doo-heon had nothing to do with Eun-jeongís death and tries to save him, but the anonymous client pressures her to finish the job. Meanwhile, in the process of uncovering the conspiracy with the organization, Doo-heonís right-hand man One-eye uncovers Se-binís true identity. However, believing firmly that Se-bin wonít kill him, Doo-heon risks his own life to protect her. Se-bin must kill Doo-heon and Doo-heon wants to trust Se-bin

 

 

 

 


The Year of the 12 Directors introduces the Korean Visual Film Artist, Director LEE Hyeon-seung, who will be visiting London in July

26th July, 6.30pm Apollo Cinema Piccadilly

 

 

Director Lee Hyeon-seong... Director LEE’s early career began in the 1980’s where he worked as an Assistant Director before progressing to the next level. This came in 1992 with his directorial debut ‘Blue In You’, a film that not only proved to be a box-office hit, but also the film that set the tone for all of his movies. Director LEE’s films explore delicate emotions and tender moments; each beautifully set, framed and shot. Known for being     a strong visual artist, LEE’s films are also influenced by a keen understanding of how colour and sound can define the piece. However he is more than just a Director, similar to many of his generation, LEE, as a leading figure in Korean film, also understood his duty to develop Korean cinema.
 
In between filming, LEE supported the Gyeonggi Performing Arts and Film Commission; he has been Vice Chairman of the Korean Film Council and President of the Korea Movie Director’s Network. His work on the administrative side of the Korean film industry has helped to shape and define modern Korean cinema. For over two decades LEE has been at the forefront of Korean cinema, its production and strategy and it is with great pleasure that we welcome Director LEE to present four of his films during our festival of Korean Culture, ‘All Eyes On Korea’.

 

Special Screening

Hindsight (2011) + Q&A with Director Lee Hyeon-seung

26th July 6.30pm Apollo Cinema Picadilly

 

Hindsight(2011)

Director LEE does not follow the usual paths one would expect, this is especially evident when we realise that he spent ten years away from the Director’s Chair. During this time LEE’s work assisted with the development of Korean cinema and helped to ensure that the industry was built upon strong foundations that would give it a long term future.  Aside from small projects and productions, audiences had to wait until 2011 before they could see a full length Director LEE feature once more.

In 2011, Director LEE returned with the slick, emotional action drama ‘Hindsight’. In this tale of gangsters, revenge and romance, LEE shows us all why he is one of Korea’s leading filmmakers.  Invited to the Berlin International Film Festival in 2012, ‘Hindsight’ presents a star studded cast who each give outstanding performances in this very popular film.


SYNOPSIS... Doo-heon, once a legendary figure in the world of organized crime, wants to live a quiet and normal life running his own restaurant. Se-bin, hired to keep a close eye on him, approaches him at a cooking class. Doo-heon, hiding his past, and Se-bin, hiding her identity, grow close to each other.
Doo-heon and Se-bin grow attached to each other as they cook side by side. Doo-heon compliments Se-bin on her culinary skills and half-jokingly suggests running a restaurant together. Se-bin feels comfortable around him, who is unbelievably warm-hearted for someone who once used to be a legend in organized crime. One day, the head of an organized crime cartel who was dearly fond of Doo-heon passes away, naming the already retired Doo-heon as successor. The cartel fractures with internal conflict. Se-bin, a former shooting champion, receives orders to take Doo-heon down. Just as she is about to refuse, she learns that Eun-jeong, who was like family to her, has already attempted to assassinate Doo-heon on her own and was killed in the process. Se-bin plots revenge, watches over his every move, and waits for the perfectly deadly opportunity. But she soon realizes that her feelings toward Doo-heon make it hard for her to pull the trigger. Se-bin discovers that Doo-heon had nothing to do with Eun-jeongís death and tries to save him, but the anonymous client pressures her to finish the job. Meanwhile, in the process of uncovering the conspiracy with the organization, Doo-heonís right-hand man One-eye uncovers Se-binís true identity. However, believing firmly that Se-bin wonít kill him, Doo-heon risks his own life to protect her. Se-bin must kill Doo-heon and Doo-heon wants to trust Se-bin

What is their destiny?

Song Kang-ho and Shin Se-kyung

“Director LEE takes memorable stories and memorable characters

and envelops each in a rich tapestry of colour, emotion and sound.

Our July mini-season of LEE’s films is one not to be missed.”

 

 

 


 

Director LEE Joon-ik visits London for the first time in 10 years to a FULL HOUSE audience for the screening of 'Battlefield Heroes!

 

 

After screening three of Director LEE's renowned films at the KCCUK ('The King and the Clown', 'The Happy Life' and 'Sunny'), on 26th June, Director LEE visited London for the Special screening of 'Battlefield Heroes' at Apollo Cinema Piccadilly, where he was joined by Dr. Colette Balmain (Professor at Kingston University and the University of Brighton) who hosted the Director's Q&A session after the screening.

 

Eager fans of Director LEE lined up outside Apollo Cinema Piccadilly to watch the film and to meet the Director in person

 

 

 The event kick-started the K-FILM component of the 100 day festival of Korean culture: ALL EYES ON KOREA. As special as the event was, the evening was attended by His Excellency Ambassador CHOO Kyu-ho and Madam SONG.

 

Audiences were also treated to an after-screening reception where Director LEE signed autographs and took pictures with fans.

For more photos of the event, visit our Flickr page:
www.flickr.com/photos/kccuk

 

 


To kick-start the beginning of the K-FILM series as part of the 100 Day Festival of Korean Culture:

ALL EYES ON KOREA

we welcome you to a FREE night out for a special screening of 'Battlefield Heroes', followed by

a Q&Asession with the award-winning

Director LEE Joon-ik!

battlefield heroes poster

 

The event will take place on June 28 at Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus at 6:30PM
Audiences will be admitted on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis

Don't miss out on this rare opportunity!

All members of the audience will receive a raffle ticket and at the end of the films screening and Q&A sessions, raffles will be drawn by Director LEE Joon-ik and His Excellency Ambassador CHOO Kyu-ho

 

Prizes include: a signed DVD of Director LEE Joon-ik's film 'SUNNY'; a book on Korean Cinema;

and for all the K-POP fans, a signed (personally signed by all five members) CD of BIGBANG's latest album!

 

Make Thursday evenings a regular date on your calendar,

with Thursday simply being: 'Korean Film Night'!

 

 

 

 

 


The Year of the 12 Directors:

'Battlefield Heroes' with

Award winning Director Lee Joon-ik

28th June 2012 7:00pm, Apollo Cinema Piccadilly 

A special screening of Director LEE Joon-ik's 2011 film 'Battlefield Heroes' will take place followed by a Q+A session with the Director.

  Director LEE Joon-ik…There are very few areas of Korean cinema that Director LEE Joon-Ik has not had an impact upon. Known for being both a Director and a Producer he has also influenced Korean film distribution and directed film festivals as well. He began his cinematic career in the 1980’s before directing his first feature with ‘Kid Cop’ in 1993. For the remainder of the 1990’s Director LEE concentrated on his newly formed production company, Cineworld Entertainment. It wasn’t until 2003 that LEE returned to the director’ chair with the box-office smash, ‘Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield’.LEE Joon-IK’s films speak to people, with their simple and honest plots we meet heart-warming characters with soul and passion; they show us life and how to live it.

 

  The film chosen for Director LEE’s Q+A screening is the 2010 movie, ‘Battlefield Heroes’.  This historical drama is the sequel to ‘Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield’, set 8 years later in 668AD. Director LEE’s ‘Battlefield Heroes’ is a critique of war and regionalism, set when the 3 Kingdoms of the Korean Peninsula were each vying for control whilst China looked on ready to pick up the pieces. The film has war, allegory, slapstick and comedy following Director LEE’s interest in people and the lengths we will each go in order to survive.  In the words of Mike Anton, The Film Stage,
‘Battlefield Heroes is a gorgeous looking film, full of bright colours, beautiful exterior sets, great camera angles and slick direction’.
Director LEE’s films invite us to each reflect upon our own behaviour as well as human nature in all its forms. Sit back and enjoy.

 

  Synopsis: A.D. 7C, a rising kingdom in Korean peninsula, Silla, attacks the biggest kingdom Goguryeo in alliance with Tang to unify Korea. Goguryeo has been the most powerful kingdom so far even threatening Tang Dynasty in China. However, after the great General Yeon passed, his three sons confront each other whether to become subject to Tang or keep their independence.  Thanks to the old and wise Grand General KIM Yu-shin, Silla had won in many wars. Natural-born-strategist KIM notices Tang’s ambition about conquering Silla after beating Goguryeo. While cooperating with Tang, KIM secretly conspires to join forces with Goguryeo to keep Tang off Korean Peninsula. A great strategist and war hero, a war maniac with out-of-this-world weapons, and a private soldier who finds his real love in the enemy, now the extraordinary war you have never imagined begins.

  CAST: Jeong Jin-yeong, Lee Mun-shik, Ryu Seung-ryong, Yun Je-mun   


 

 

Romance. Comedy... and arm-pit hair!
Yet another successful evening with
Director Jeon Gye-soo and Film Critic Tony Rayns

The thigh-slapping, rib-tickling romantic comedy 'Love Fiction', which was the culmination to the May mini-season dedicated to Director Jeon Gye-soo, was held on Thursday 31st May, 7:00P May at the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly Circus.

Director Jeon Gye-soo

The evening was attended by renowned Film Critic and Advisor to the London Korea Film Festival - Tony Rayns, who also hosted the special Q&A session with Director Jeon in person after the screening of the film.

Director Jeon Gye-soo Q&A with Tony Rayns

After the engaging Q&A session, the audience enjoyed a further treat during the post-screening reception, where they had the opportunity to have their photos taken with the Dircector and also an autograph!

Director Jeon Gye-soo After-screening reception

For more photos of the event, visit our Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kccuk

 

 

 

 


Award Winning Film

‘Love Fiction’ with Director Jeon Gye-soo

31st May 2012 6:30pm, Apollo Cinema Piccadilly

Director Jeon will join us for the screening of ‘Love Fiction’ after which we will have an audience Q+A hosted by Film Writer and London Korean Film Night Adviser Mr. Tony Rayns.

 

Director Jeon Gye-soo won the Best Screenplay for “Love Fiction” at the 2012 Baeksang Arts Awards. A philosophy graduate with a passion for musicals he made his directorial debut with the musical ‘Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theatre’ in 2006, a film that saw him also win the ‘Baeksang Award for Best New Director’. Since then his films have explored drama, romance and comedy. Director Jeon is quite unique in Korean cinema as he doesn’t come from a film background, however his natural talent and an eye for drama has helped him to create some wonderful movies each defined by unique and individual styles.

Love Fiction (2012 Romantic Comedy) During its first week of release "Love Fiction" surpassed one million ticket sales. During the movie's opening weekend (March 2-3) "Love Fiction" sold 567,529 tickets on 615 screens and ranked #1 at the South Korean box office. It was one of the ten most-watched films in Korea in the first quarter of 2012.

Synopsis: An unknown novelist Ju-wol (Ha Jeong-woo) falls in love at first sight with Hee-jin (Kong Hyo-jin) when the two meet at a book expo. After a series of dates, they become lovers. Yet unlike Hee-jin, who is looking for a down-to-earth relationship, Ju-wol is unhappy with everything Hee-jin does and the two begin to drift apart. This film was uniquely constructed by adding the fantasy where complex inner side of Ju-wol is displayed through conversations shared with an imaginary character ' M '.

CAST: Ha Jung-woo, Kong Hyo-jin, Lee Byung-joon , Ji Jin-hee , Choi Won-tae, Yoo In-na

 

To Book Tickets for the Gala Screening of ‘Love Fiction’ and Q+A: 

London’ Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus (£10/£8 Cons.)

www.apollocinemas.com

 


<Wow, 100th Korean Film night!!!>

The 100th Korean Film Night marks an important milestone in the KCCUK' history as our film night is also our longest running programme, having begun in February 2008.

 

<Song Il-gon: Year of the 12 Directors> 

Director Song took time out of his UK schedule to pop in to the KCC, whilst here he did some interviews with the Press and attended a Q+A Screening of his film 'Always' at the Apollo Cinema.

It is with great pride that the screening of Always marked the 100th Korean Film Night for the KCCUK.

 

Song Il-Gon meets the UK Press

Director Song took time out of his UK schedule to pop in to the KCC, whilst here he did some interviews with the Press and attended a Q+A Screening of his film 'Always' at the Apollo Cinema.

 

Q+A with Roger Clarke and Song Il-Gon

The April 'Year of the 12 Directors" series saw the KCCUK welcome Song Il-Gon to the UK for a screening of his film 'Always'. As is custom with the final screening of each month-long mini season, the Director hosted a Q+A with the audience.

On this occasion, columnist and writer Roger Clarke kindly joined us to oversee proceedings.

 

After Show Reception, Song Il-Gon takes some questions

After the screening of 'Always' Director Song joined friends and guests for the post screening reception.

It is with great pride that the screening of Always marked the 100th Korean Film Night for the KCCUK.

 

 


<Celebrate the Korean Film Night’s 100th Screening

 6:30 pm, 26th April 2012, Apollo Cinemas, Piccadilly >

Since 2008, the Korean Cultural centre UK with its free film screenings has been London’s home for Korean cinema enthusiasts. There have been many accompanying events which have enriched these screenings also, each giving the audiences the chance to discover and learn about Korean culture.

In February 2010 at the screening of the epic film “Forbidden Quest” the audience took the opportunity to try on traditional Korean clothes and at the screening of “Daytime Drinking” we tasted Soju, Korea’s famous alcoholic drink.

With Director Song Il-Gon’s 2011 film ‘Always’ the KCCUK presents its 100th Korean Film Night and after the Q+A we will celebrate this milestone with a small reception.

The Korean Film Night will be screening 4 of Song Il-Gon’s most memorable films throughout April, namely Flower Island (2001), Feathers in the Wind (2004), Dance of Time (2009) and Always (2011).

Director and Script-writer SONG Il-Gon is one of those filmmakers that you’ve probably heard of but whose work almost certainly never seen.  Born in 1971, Song studied Fine Arts in Seoul before relocating to Poland to train at their National Film Academy in Lodz. After creating award-winning short films Song moved on to full features. In the last decade he created 6 films as well as other smaller projects, all of which makes him one of the most prolific Directors of his generation. He was also the first Korean Director to receive an award from Cannes and has also proved popular at Festivals in Venice, Busan, Tokyo and Melbourne to name but a few.

Director Song will join us for the screening of ‘Always’ after which we will have an audience Q+A hosted by Mr. Roger Clarke, Columnist at The Independent Newspaper and Critic at Sight & Sound. 

The Special Screening: Always, 2011, 105min, Cert. 15

Always (2011 Drama) Always opened the Busan International Film Festival in 2011 and has been presented at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and at the Hawaii International Film Festival. JEON Chanil BIFF programmer stated that “[Always] takes small steps towards the climax without excessive use of words and action. The director also adds to the film through the remarkable visuals and sound design, sensuous but not superficial.”

Synopsis: Chul-min is a man whose life hides a dark past. He works as a delivery man by day and a parking-lot attendant by night. One evening a chance encounter changes his life forever. He meets the partially sighted Jung-hwa whose optimism restores his faith in people and the world. As their friendship blooms Chul-min seeks ways to finance the surgery that Jung-hwa desperately needs. Fighting for high-stakes, can Chul-min’s return to the underworld be a success?

CAST: So Ji-sub, Han Hyo-joo, Kang Shin-il

 

To Book Tickets for the Gala Screening of Always and Q+A:

London’ Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus (£10/£8 Cons.) www.apollocinemas.com

 


<2012 Korean Film Nights:

Year of the 12 Directors> 

 

Park Kwang Su Q+A Screening

Dr. Mark Morris kindly leads the Q+A for the March Q+A Screening with Director Park Kwang Su.

For the March Mini-Season of the Park Kwang Su screenings, Director Park joined us for a special Q+A Screening of his film "Meet Mr. Daddy"

As part of the March instalment of the year of the 12 Directors Park Kwang Su joined us for a mini-season of his films.

 

Park Kwang Su Interview

During his time here, Director Park kindly gave a series of interviews.

 

Director Park Kwang Su Masterclass at the NFTS

Director Park Kwang Su with students at his Master Class at the 'National Film And Television School'.

The KCCUK would like to thank Director Park and the NFTS for making the March's 'Year of the 12 Directors' so memorable.

 

The KCCUK Film Night has now been extended to four screenings per month, with the final screening of the month taking place

at Apollo Cinema Piccadilly and featuring special Q&A screenings with Korea's leading Film Directors.

 


2012 Korean Film Night:

The KCCUK Film Night has now been extended to four screenings per month, with the final screening of the month taking place at cinema venues across London and featuring special Q&A screenings with Korea's leading Film Directors.

For each monthly showcase, three films will be screened for free at the Korean Cultural Centre UK, followed by the final Gala screening with the Director himself at Apollo Cinemas (Piccadilly Circus, London).

Director Lee Myung-se kicked off this special programme with the film ‘The Dualist’ at london’s Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly on Thursday 26th January 2012.

This special screening received a very positive response from the audience which included also included K-pop fans, professional film critics and bloggers and representatives from the BBC.

 

In March 2012 the Korean Film Night Introduces the Director Park Kwang-su

Park Kwang-su was a leading figure in the emergence of the new, politically charged, aesthetically daring Korean cinema of the 1990s.

Park Kwang-su founded the Seoul Film Group which had links to the student protests that came to define the era before helping to establish the Busan International Film Festival as well as leading the Busan Film Commission.  In between all of which Park Kwang-su created a body of cinematic work that made him a role model for the many young Korean film directors who have followed along the path that he forged for them.

 

The Screening/Q+A on March 29th with Director Park will be hosted by Dr. Mark Morris.

Meet Mr. Daddy won the Young Audiences Award at the 2007 Rome Film Festival. Director PARK Kwang-su’s drama revolves around a selfish man – played by PARK Shin-yang – who finds out that he has a young daughter. Because it’s financially beneficial, he decides to keep her. Later he finds out that the girl suffers from a serious illness.

 

(At the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus, Ticket: 10.00 GBP/ Student 8.00 GBP. Tickets for the screening can be booked via the Apollo website).

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In February 2012 the Korean Film Night Introduces the Director E J-Yong

The Korean Film Night will be screening 4 of E J-Yong’s most memorable films throughout February, namely An Affair (1998), Untold Scandal (2003) Dasepo Naughty Girls (2006) and Actresses (2009). Director E will attend the screening of Actresses as well as host a Q+A with the audience after the screening. When discussing Actresses he noted that he had always been struck by the off-screen energy of his actors, and that he wanted to share it more directly with his audience. The Actresses is a well executed character-centered comedy, but the difference here is that the characters are bigger than the film itself!

The Screening/Q+A on February 23rd with Director E will be hosted by Mr. Damon Wise.

(At the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus, Ticket: 10.00 GBP/ Student 8.00 GBP. Tickets for the screening can be booked via the Apollo website).

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<2012 Korean Film Nights: Year of the 12 Directors> 

Director Lee Myung-se successfully kicks off the year-long program:

 

-Meets with an audience of 100 K-pop fans, film critics, bloggers, etc

-Director Lee Myung-se, “Films are a visual representation of the mise en scene encapsulated by stories and visuals”

-Korean films’ have now confirmed their place in the British market

-Audiences’ excitement to meet 12 Korean film directors over the next year

As London prepares for the forthcoming Olympics, the Korean Cultural Centre UK celebrates this remarkable year by inviting 12 Korean Film Directors to the UK to host special screenings of their favourite works. Director LEE Myung se kicked off this special programme with the film ‘The Dualist’ at london’s Apollo Cinema, Picadilly.

The screening of Director Lee Myung-se’s film and a Q&A session with the Director himself took place on Thursday 26th January 2012. . For each monthly showcase, three films will be screened for free at the Korean Cultural Centre UK, followed by the final Gala screening with the Director himself at Apollo Cinemas(Piccadilly Circus, London).  The intimate Q+A with 100 guests  included K-pop fans, professional film critics and bloggers and the editor of BBC. This event and the excitement for the rest of the programme confirms Korean films’ success in the British market. In particularly, the anticipation created by bringing Director LEE to the UK was encapsulated through 5 separate interviews with professional magazine editors and Internet journalists that took place prior the screening and Q&A session.

During the Q&A session (presented by Daniel Martin, Queens Belfast University) Director Lee Myung-se, who is currently filming his next film ‘Mr.K’ (which he describes as the Korean version of 007), shared his philosophy of films – describing films to be “a visual representation of the mise en scene encapsulated by stories and visuals”. Moreover, Director Lee expressed his affection for filmmaking, stating that he “aims to convey a story that shows the strength of the screen through the mere movements of the camera and actors”.

Furthermore, Director Lee described films to be a universal language that people cannot help but connect with. He also described his feelings of disappointment towards the preconceptions of Korean films that are being distributed internationally and hopes that a variety of different genres of Korean films can be distributed in the international market in the future.

Throughout 2012, the Korean Film Night will dedicate a month of the year to a Korean director, screening 4 of their films (Director Im Kwon-taek’s retrospective will include 15 of his films), with a total of 59 films. The final week of the month will culminate in a screening of the directors’ film in a cinema in London’s city centre, providing an opportunity to maximise audience involvement and participation. The event aims to provide the opportunity for professional British film critics to engage in a Q&A session with the directors themselves; and allows the audience to better understand the director’s visions of the filmic world. The 2012 Korean Film Night will no doubt provide a meaningful gift for Korean film fans in the UK.

‘The Korean Film Night: Year of the 12 Directors’ with each showcase will convey the transformation of modern Korea and the individual field that each director has generated - including a retrospective of Director Im Kwon-taek, known to be a living witness and symbol of Korea’s film industry.

Director Lee Myung-se (January) – who creates his own aesthetics through unique visuals; Director E J-yong (February) - the director who is broadening Korea’s film genres through a sophisticated range of films like Dasepo Naughty Girls and ‘Actressess’; Director Park Kwang-su (March) – a significant director who introduced a new wave in the Korean film industry after the 1980s; the director who opened the stage to Busan’s International Film Festival in 2011 with his film ‘Always’ - Director Song Il-gon (April); Director Jeon Kye-soo (May) who will visit London with the release of his new film in February called ‘Love Fiction’; Director Lee Joon-ik (June), who has directed the most films in the mainstream Korean film industry for the past 10 years; a director who is renowned for his design elements and strong colour as an ‘art director’ – Director Lee Hyun-seung (July); the director who is well-known for his unique style of direction – Director Lee Yoon-gi (August); the director who brought to life the lives of the young demographic through his film ‘Baranasi’, for which he was invited again to the Berlin International Film Festival in 2012  – Director Jeon Kyu-hwan (September); a director who portrays the subtleness of masculine beauty – Director Song Hae-song (November) and; the only female director participating in this event – Director Lim Seoon-rye (December). Through the screening of films from a wide range of genres and from directors who represent their generation, the event aspires to reach out to the British public, allowing professional lecturers and film critics to provide their own commentary about Korean films, and also allowing the general UK public to understand Korea’s social context.

Over the years, British audiences have become accustomed to Korean films featuring horror and thriller. However, this program will bring forth a richer and abundant range of Korean films from directors who portray the unique perspectives and genres of a modern Korea.

Furthermore, the monthly brochure is not merely a brochure that shows the program list but provides detailed information about the films and directors. A total of 12 brochures will be put together and is a must-have collection item for all Korean film lovers.

In addition to the 5000 registered members who want to watch Korean films through the film night there are approximately 1000 more people who added their names to that list in 2011 and thus the popularity of Korean films has increased significantly not only in London but also in the European and global market.

In addition to screening films, we have organised more strategic plans for further distribution of Korean contents and various events such as information evenings about the historical background of films; hands-on experience based on various themes; and Korean food samplings, thus introducing a different angle of Korean culture in a natural and more comfortable environment.

‘The 2012 Korean Film Night’ (planned by Artistic Director Hye Jung Jeon) aims to encourage audiences to become PR representatives for Korean films through sharing reviews and social networks about Korean films. We also wish to increase the quality.

 


 

The Korean Film Night: Year of the 12 Directors

The KCCUK Film night has extended to four screenings per month, with special monthly Q&A screening featuring some of Korea's leading directors.

The KCCUK kick this special year off with a a look at director Lee Myung-se with four screenings of the director's work culminating with a Q&A with the director himself.

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Lee Myung-se Q&A

The KCCUK Film Night has now been extended to four screenings per month, with the final screening of the month taking place at cinema venues across London and featuring special Q&A screenings with Korea's leading Film Directors.

We kick off this extra special year with a look at the work of Director Lee Myung-se with three screenings at the KCCUK (Tickets Free: Booking Required) followed by the final screening of the month featuring a Q&A with the Director himself. (Details + Ticket Prices below).

The Screening/Q+A on January 26th with Director LEE will be hosted Dr. Daniel Martin. (At Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus, Ticket: 10.00 GBP/ Student 8.00 GBP. Tickets for the screening can be booked via the Apollo website).

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2011 Festival Review

The 2011 London Korean Film Festival was an overwhelming success. In total, the Festival saw audience figures rise by 17.4% with a total of 4,753 visitors.

9 films including:  'War of the Arrow', 'Late Autumn' and 'Yellow Sea’ all sold out almost immediately. The buzz that grew around the Festival this year was very strong, with a staggering 260 news articles and online media covering both the Festival and Korean pop culture in the UK.

The London Korean Film Festival 2011 has extended its scale and built a broad spectrum of events for audiences to engage in including a K-Pop concert, a cinema Masterclass and the Korean Cinema Forum along with the screenings themselves. Korean cinema is growing a fan base across the UK and this year films were also screened in Sheffield, Cambridge and Newcastle to great acclaim.

 

 

The London Korean Film Festival 2011 has come to an end. It has been an amazing three weeks jam packed with a variety of films, interesting Q&As, insightful cinema forums, and a SHINee concert! This year’s festival continued to highlight the very best Korean cinema and included the ambitious Ryoo Seung-wan retrospective, showcasing his complete filmography.

We’ve received a lot of positive feedback and we hope you have been inspired by the festival and continue to watch and love Korean films. As you may know, we will screen fortnightly Korean film nights on the second and the fourth Thursdays of every month at the Korean Cultural Centre. We would like to warmly thank all who have joined us to watch films, the filmmakers, guests, and all those who have worked to make the festival a success this year. If you are already missing the atmosphere of the events, you can check out our youtube video and great flickr photos online. We will see you all next year and once again thank you for your passionate support!

Festival Highlights

 

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