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A Moment to Remember

A Moment to Remember

Dir. Lee John H

Korean Cultural Centre UK


Monday 10th November 19:00

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Neighbours

Neighbours

Dir. Son tae-gyum, Shin Sojeong, Kim Hee-jin

Odeon Covent Garden


Monday 10th November 18:30

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The Fake

The Fake

Dir. Yeon Sang-ho

Odeon Covent Garden


Tuesday 11th November 14:00

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Han Gong-ju

Han Gong-ju

Dir. Lee Su-jin

Odeon Covent Garden


Saturday 8th November 16:00

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Korean film
Masquerade

Korea’s most notorious ruler, Joseon King Gwanghae, left a legacy marred in actions motivated by paranoia after constant threats of assassination and political rebellion. Surviving accounts of his sixteen year reign have revealed there is a missing fifteen days where Gwanghae cannot be accounted for. Shortly thereafter the King’s demeanour and attitude drastically changed for the better. What brought on this monumental change? That is what Masquerade looks to reveal. 

Driven by paranoia, the 15th ruler of Korea's Joseon Dynasty, King Gwanghae, sends out his chief secretary Heo Gyun to find a perfect double to safeguard the never ending threat of assassination. Heo Gyun finds a performer of satirical farces, Ha-seon, who bears a remarkable resemblance the King. Gwanghae’s paranoid delusions prove true as he is poisoned and falls into a coma. The chief secretary proposes that Ha-seon must fill the role of the King until their monarch recovers, so begins the process of grooming of Ha-seon to fully impersonate the country’s ruler. While assuming the role of ruler at his first official appearance, Ha-seon begins to ponder the intricacies of the problems debated in his court. He is fundamentally more humanitarian than Gwanghae, so uses his new found power to help the lowliest of his subjects which slowly changes the tense morale in the palace for the better. Over time he finds his voice and takes control of governing the country with real insight and fair judgments. Even the chief secretary is moved by Ha-seon’s genuine concern for the people, and realizes he is an infinitely better ruler than Gwanghae. However, the King's chief opposition notices the sudden shift in the king’s behaviour and starts to ask questions.

Masquerade applies the ‘Prince and the Pauper’ story to this fictional biography of one of Korea’s most famous King’s and the mysterious fifteen missing days. The paranoid King and the kindly performer are both played by the, now globally, famous, Lee Byung-hun with Masquerade bringing the megastar newfound success in America after its recent release.

 

Festival Highlights

 

Kundo: The Age of The Rampant

w/ Q & A dir Yoon Jong-bin , actor Gang Dong-won and producer Han Jae-duk


Thursday 6th November 19:00

London Odeon West End


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A Girl At My Door

A Girl At My Door & Dir Q&A w/ July Jung , Lee Jun-dong & Nam Dong-chul


Friday 7th November 20:20

London Odeon West End



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Hwayi: A Monster Boy

Hwayi: A Monster Boy + Q&A w/ Lee Jung-dong


Saturday 8th November 13:30

London Odeon West End


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Han Gong-ju

Han Gong-ju + Q&A w/ BIFF Programmer Nam Dong-chul


Saturday 8th November 16:00

Odeon Covent Garden


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Poetry

Poetry + Producer Lee Jun-dong


Saturday 8th November 17:00

London Odeon West End


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One on One

One on One Introduction by Anton Bitel


Sunday 9th November 17:00

London Odeon West End


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Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits

Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits Q&A w/ Park Chan-kyong


Monday 10th November 20:30

Odeon Covent Garden


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Bitter, Sweet, Seoul

Bitter, Sweet, Seoul w/ Q&A w/ Park Chan-kyong


Tuesday 11th November 18:30

Odeon Covent Garden


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Under the Sky of Seoul

Under the Sky of Seoul + Introduction by Dr. Mark Morris


Tuesday 11th November 20:30

Odeon Covent Garden


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I'm not a hairdresser / There's no forest / Faces

I'm not a hairdresser / There's no forest / Faces


Thursday 13th November 18:30

Odeon Covent Garden


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Cold Eyes

Cold Eyes + Q & A with actor Jung Woo-sung


Friday 14th November 19:00

London Odeon West End


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Revivre

Closing Gala: Revivre + Q & A with actor Ahn Sungki


Saturday 15th November 19:00

London Odeon West End


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