Festival News

The 10th Parties & Presents

27 October 2015

LKFF Parties & Presents No.1 - Corinthia Hotel London's Grand Prize

The LKFF partner Corinthia Hotel London has kindly provided an outstanding raffle prize which will be drawn at the reception after the Opening Gala for all press guests only on 2 November. The winner will receive a Corinthia Hotel London voucher worth up to £6,000 including 3 nights complimentary stay in a suite, daily breakfast, and one 3 courses dinner with a sommelier selected bottle of wine at Northall all.

LKFF Parties & Presents No.2 - Flight to Korea with Asiana Airlines

There will be a prize draw after the Closing Gala. The winner will receive a return flight ticket from London-Seoul in 2016, provided by our sponsor Asiana Airlines. Those collecting more than three stamps on LKFF loyalty card for each screening including Closing Gala are only eligible to draw the raffle.

※ See Series - 3 LKFF Loyalty Scheme for more details.

LKFF Parties & Presents No.3 - LKFF Loyalty Scheme

When collecting your ticket at all LKFF venues, please ask a member of staff for one of our loyalty cards. You can collect a stamp for each LKFF screening you attend. If you earn a total of 5 stamps, your 6th screening will be completely free. If you earn a total of 10 stamps, you will be eligible for a surprise gift!

LKFF Parties & Presents No.4 - Late Night Munch

If you are looking for a great source of energy to travel home with after the late night films, leave it to us! During the Late Night screenings at Picturehouse Hackney and Ritzy, we will be giving out goody bags full of yummy Korean snacks for everyone to munch on. This event is kindly sponsored by our Festival sponsor Hanatour.

The late night screenings include:
- Mother: 6 NOV / 22:45 / Hackkney
- New World: 6 NOV / 22:45 / Ritzy
- Memories of Murder: 7 NOV / 22:45 / Hackney
- The Man from Nowhere: 7 NOV / 22:45 / Ritzy
- The Good, The Bad, The Wired: 13 NOV / 22:45 / Hackney

LKFF Parties & Presents No.5 - 10 Raffle Prizes of a Yami Korean restaurant voucher at the ‘A Bonanza’ Screening

‘A Bonanza’, directed by Chung Chang-hwa, is a classic noire, melodrama made in 1961. After the screening on 13th November, we will hold a raffle, and 10 winners will get a chance to receive a Yami Korean restaurant voucher worth £30. So come to see ‘A Bonanza’, so you can both enjoy a fantastic Korean film, but also be in the chance to taste some delicious Korean food!

LKFF Parties & Presents No.6 - Late Night Lock-in

Do you think the 30-minute Q&As are way too short? Then please join us afterwards for the Late Night Lock-ins with the emerging directors at The Korean Cultural Centre.

The first Lock-in, 'Steepness Night' with director Jang Kun-jae will be on the 5th November, and the second Lock-in with director Lee Kwang-kuk, 'A Matter of Interpretation,' will be on the 11th November. There will be lots of Korean-themed drinks and late night snacks available for you to enjoy!

LKFF Parties & Presents No.7 - Birthday Greetings

If you are coming to the Opening Gala night on the 2 November, please also visit our 10 year Birthday videography stand and leave a Birthday message for us. We will be giving out LKFF official sweatshirts to show our gratitude for your participation. Only the first 10 participants will be eligible for this special gift!

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The 10th London Korean Film Festival Ticket Giveaway!

24 October 2015

★★★ EVENT ★★★

Send us your selfie with a London Korean Film Festival Tube Ad in London, and grab a chance to get a free double pass to one of the LKFF movies. Here are the rules you must follow.

1) Like LKFF page https://www.facebook.com/theLKFF

2) Snap a selfie. You must be in the pic with LKFF Tube ad.

3) Post it on YOUR own facebook wall only with tagging London Korean Film Festival facebook page, Korean Cultural Centre UK facebook page, and two of your friends.

4) Once you’ve done all things above, leave a comment on LKFF facebook (you will find a posting about this Event very easily) that you’ve completed the task. We will check your facebook page then.

Be Quick! This event will close when after 10 people have successfully completed the above steps.

(We will contact the prospective recipient individually after the events closes.)

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The Results of Audience Survey

30 September 2015

We are pleased to announce the results of our latest audience survey regarding the 10th London Korean Film Festival through the Facebook! From your vote, we have a special programme entitled ‘Audience’s Choice’ that shows your favourite 3 films from the Opening and Closing Gala of the last 9 years of the festival. You can see the results below: and discover if you have been selected as a lucky winner!

  1. We asked, ‘Which Korean directors would you most like to see at the 10th London Korean Film Festival?’

    You answered,
    • Park Chan-wook
    • Bong Jooh Ho
    • Kim Ki-duk
  2. We asked, ‘Which actors or actresses in particular would you most like to see on screen at the 10th London Korean Film Festival?’

    You answered,
    • Song Kang-ho
    • Choi Min-sik
    • Gianna Jun
  3. We asked, ‘From our Opening and Closing films of the 9 years (2006-2014) could you pick 3 favourites?’

    You answered,
    • The Good the Bad the Weird (Kim Jee-woon) - 2008 Opening
    • The Man from Nowhere (Lee Jeong-beom) - 2010 Opening
    • The Thieves (Choi Dong-hoon) - 2012 Opening

* These 3 films will be shown at the 10th London Korean Film Festival.

We will contact winners directly through the Facebook Messenger, TODAY!

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The 10th London Korean Film Festival Announces 2015 Programme

21 September 2015

The London Korean Film Festival (LKFF), which runs from 2-14 November and this year celebrates its 10th Anniversary, is delighted to reveal details of their 2015 programme. Boasting 51 films across features and shorts, a host of UK Premieres, retrospectives and newly introduced Emerging Directors and Documentary strands, the 2015 Festival offers UK audiences a fantastic opportunity to discover the very best in Korean cinema. With works from established filmmakers including Bong Joon-ho, to up-and-coming directors and renowned Korean actors, this Festival guarantees to offer something for everyone.

As part of this year’s 10th Anniversary, the 2015 Programme sees the introduction of an Audience’s Choice strand, where the public were asked to vote for their favourite Opening/Closing films of the LKFF over the last 9 years. The top three films will be screened at this year’s festival and includes the 2009 UK theatrically released ‘THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD’ from Kim Jee-woon, his take on a Western with the backdrop of 1930s Manchuria.

The Festival is pleased to unveil its Opening Gala as the UK Premiere of JK Youn’s drama ‘ODE TO MY FATHER’ starring Hwang Jung-min and Kim Yunjin. The second highest-grossing film in the history of Korean cinema, the film premiered at this year’s Berlinale where it garnered rave reviews. When the Korean War breaks out, a young boy named Duk-soo vows to take care of his displaced family in place of his missing father. His lifelong promise spans over 60 years, leading him through a monumental journey of hope, dedication, and personal sacrifices. Director JK Youn, Producer Kil Young-min and lead actor Hwang Jung-min will attend the Opening Gala which premieres at BFI Southbank.

This year’s Closing Gala is the European Premiere of Zhang Lu’s quirky story ‘LOVE AND…’, a film which represents the diversity of Korean cinema. Zhang Lu’s work offers a rare glimpse in to Korea’s modern history through war, migration and separation. His Closing Gala starring Park Hae-il, Moon So-ri, and Ahn Sung-ki, is an offbeat comedy which captivatingly explores the dualities of life through colour and black and white, love and madness, acting and being, as well as presence and absence, in a witty four-chapter interlinking conundrum.

Emerging Directors, programmed by renowned film critic and commentator Tony Rayns, one of the world’s leading experts on Asian cinema, will see works from hugely talented directors such as Lee Kwang-kuk (‘A MATTER OF INTERPRETATION’ about a small time actress and her encounter with a detective who soon discovers their lives are intertwined in a strange way), who has worked with Hong Sangsoo on a number of acclaimed films between 2005 and 2009, and Jang Kun-jae (‘A MIDSUMMER’S FANTASIA’), both of whom have promising careers as auteurs in Korea’s independent film scene.

This year’s actor focus strand shines a spotlight on one of Korea’s most talented actors, Hwang Jung-min. Starring in over 40 films spanning 15 years, he has become one of the most important actors in Korean cinema. His films screening in the Festival include his very first film the 2001 modern classic ‘WAIKIKI BROTHERS’ directed by Lim Soon-rye; Im Sang-soo’s ‘A GOOD LAWYER'S WIFE’; detective action comedy ‘VETERAN’ and the Opening Gala ‘ODE TO MY FATHER’.

Classics Revisited, which is programmed by Dr. Mark Morris, a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, shines the spotlight on one of Korea’s most notable auteurs, Chung Chang-hwa. Having directed over 58 films including the renowned ‘FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH’, he was the first Korean director to work abroad in Hong Kong for Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest Studios between 1969 -1977. LKFF is delighted to announce that Chung Chang-hwa will be attending this year’s Festival to present a number of his films to UK audiences. Films screening here will include hit crime-drama ‘A BONANZA’ about a man who, having sacrificed relationships with those closest to him in search of a gold mine, will soon discover that finding the gold is a lot more straight-forward than keeping hold of it, and ‘SUNSET ON THE SARBIN RIVER’ about a Korean youth who becomes a Japanese army officer.

Films of commercial or critical success during 2014-2015 in Korea and at international film festivals will be showcased in ‘Hits from 2014-15’. This strand looks to bring some of the biggest box office hits and the award-winning films to the UK screens with a wide array of interesting, thrilling and poetic stories. Films in this section include gripping crime thriller ‘THE CLASSIFIED FILE’, based on a real-life Busan kidnapping case from 1978; Oh Seung-uk’s ‘THE SHAMELESS’ starring Jeon Do-yeon, a hard-boiled melodrama between a detective, who never realized that what they had was love, and a killer's lover, who wanted to believe it was; and ‘TWENTY’, a radiant comedy about three best friends.

Six critically acclaimed films from the Busan International Film Festival 2014 will be shown as special screenings giving audiences an opportunity to see some of the highlights of last year’s Festival. Programmed by Busan International Film Festival programme director for Korean cinema, Nam Dong-chul, films screening here include Kim Dae-hwan’s family drama ‘END OF WINTER’, about a feuding family trapped in a house together and forced to address their issues, and Hong Seok-jae’s conspiracy theory thriller ‘SOCIALPHOBIA’.

For the first time, this year’s Festival will include a Documentaries strand, showcasing four important, moving and inspiring documentary films. Selected by Ricardo Matos Cabo and Matthew Barrington on behalf of the Essay Film Festival titles include Kim Eungsu’s emotive film ‘THE CITY IN THE WATER’ and Kim Jeong-keun’s ‘THE ISLAND OF SHADOWS’ about working life in the Hanjin Shipyard.

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Korea’s biggest film distribution company CJ, LKFF will be presenting a standout selection of the company’s portfolio from their 20 year history, including a wide range of titles from big blockbusters to independent and auteur titles. Film’s screening in this strand include the newly black and white mastered version of the dramatic and heart-wrenching ‘MOTHER’ directed by Bong Joon-ho, which tells the story of a single mother who takes the law into her own hands to clear her son’s name when he is accused of murdering a young girl. Also screening in this strand are Hwang Dong-hyeuk’s fun and touching feature ‘MISS GRANNY’ and Choo Chang-min’s ‘MASQUERADE’, a tale of the paranoid 15th ruler of Korea's Joseon Dynasty, King Gwanghae.

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Korean Films at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival

07 September 2015

We are delighted with the recent announcement that the 2015 BFI London Film Festival will show four Korean Films this year. The festival will take place from 7th to 18th October and tickets will go on sale from 17th September 2015 through the BFI website. For more details about films and screening details please see below.


Set during Korea’s occupation by the Japanese army in 1933, the Korean resistance hires three professional killers to strike back against the enemy.

Friday 09 October 2015 21:15 | Picturehouse Central, Screen 1

Saturday 10 October 2015 11:30 | Odeon Leicester Square

Tickets on Sale from 17-09-2015 10:00am

South Korea 2015Director: Choi Dong-hoon

Cast: Gianna Jun, Lee Jung-jae, Ha Jung-woo

The spirit of Quentin Tarantino dances like a dervish through this colourful period bullet opera, which takes the exuberantly irreverent historical revisionism of Inglourious Basterds and fuses it with the reliably solid pulp thrills of Korean genre cinema. From the mind of local box-office king Choi Dong-hoon, director of the enjoyable Ocean’s 11-channelling crime romp The Thieves, Assassination unfolds amidst the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s. The exiled government, now based in Shanghai, hatches a plan to send three assassins to kill two strategic targets, but the Japanese secret service is one step ahead and hires flamboyant mercenary Hawaii Pistol to eliminate the trio. Choi plays fast and loose with history, sending his men – and, most importantly, a woman – on a mission to change the future, in a picaresque tale of subterfuge and double-cross that boasts smart, witty dialogue and a killer twist.

Damon Wise


Hospital thriller meets character portrait in this stylish Korean tale of a woman who never fitted in.

Wednesday 14 October 2015 20:45 | BFI Southbank, NFT2

Friday 16 October 2015 21:00 | Rich Mix Cinema, Screen 1

Tickets on Sale from 17-09-2015 10:00am

Director: Shin Su-won

Cast: Seo Young-hee, Kwon So-hyun, Kim Young-min

When a pregnant but comatose Jane Doe, nicknamed ‘Madonna’, arrives at a VIP hospital, she is swiftly earmarked as a heart-transplant donor by an unscrupulous businessman desperate to keep his chairman father alive at any cost. Moon, a new nurse at the hospital, is tasked with investigating the woman’s life and faces a test of her own moral mettle as she uncovers Madonna’s history – a lifelong string of personal and professional humiliations. In her sophomore feature, director Shin Su-won (Pluto) veers between intense hospital thriller and dramatic character portrait, with some sharply stylish filmmaking and a wide streak of black humour. Frequently pushing at the boundaries of taste, with an irreverent take on prostitution, body image and – most jarringly – sexual violence, the film is concerned with the abuse of power and emerges as a spirited polemic against exploitation, with a central character you won’t soon forget.

Kate Taylor

My Love, Don’t Cross That River

A warm and tender exploration of a 76-year marriage in South Korea.

Thursday 08 October 2015 13:00 | BFI Southbank, NFT2

Saturday 10 October 2015 15:30 | Rich Mix Cinema, Screen 1

Tickets on Sale from 17-09-2015 10:00am

Director Jin Mo-young

They are still very much in love, walk hand-in-hand in their bright matching outfits, splash about in the river and play mischievous jokes on each other. They’ve shared a lifetime of hardship and happiness, had children and now live off the land in their small house by the river. As Jo Byeon Man becomes increasingly more frail, Kang Kye Yeol prepares to say goodbye. In this warm and tender documentary, director Jin Mo Young captures small moments of intimacy in the daily life of a couple in their twilight years, creating an evocative and affecting reflection on lifelong love and companionship. The most commercially successful Korean independent film of all time when it was released domestically last year, My Love Don’t Cross That River won’t fail to inspire and move you.

Laure Bonville

Right Now, Wrong Then

Hong Sang-soo delivers a low-key charmer about a filmmaker, a painter, and a lot of Soju.

Sunday 11 October 2015 15:30 | Cine Lumiere

Monday 12 October 2015 20:50 | BFI Southbank, NFT2

Tickets on Sale from 17-09-2015 10:00am

Director Hong Sang-soo

Cast: Jung Jae-young, Kim Min-hee

A highly regarded arthouse director, Ham Chunsu, visits a small town for a film festival screening and meets pretty young painter Yoon Heejung. They hang out and get drunk together. Repeat. Much of the pleasure in Hong Sang-soo’s work, the winner of the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival, is found in his complex approach to chronology and this film doubles back in time to revisit the couple’s interactions, illustrating how a few altered nuances of communication and behaviour can change the flavour of a new relationship. The premise may sound a little ‘inside baseball’, but the execution, as ever, is an unpredictable delight. More deliberately paced and melancholy than 2014’s Hill of Freedom, this one nevertheless offers much of Hong’s signature humour, particularly in questions around the nature of an artist’s ego (or lack thereof) and in Ham’s disgust at a terrible Q&A experience. It’s another low-key charmer full of wry observations on human foibles.

Kate Taylor

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​Embeddedness: Artist Films and Videos from Korea 1960s to Now

20 August 2015

18–19 September 2015 / Tate Modern Starr Auditorium

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Seeking Volunteers for the London Korean Film Festival 2015

12 August 2015

The 10th London Korean Film Festival is seeking volunteers to carry out specific roles across the Festival and during the buildup. Your responsibilities are to provide great customer service to our audiences, guests and delegates and to assist in promoting the London Korean Film Festival 2015.

Working hours and duties will differ for each programme/event and so our volunteers programme is a good way to see an important side of the Korean film industry and Korean culture.

  1. Qualification: Anyone who is over 18
  2. Application date: 12 August 2015 ~ 18 Sep 2015 6pm
  3. Dates and Activities
    - 5 Oct 2015 ~ 1 Nov 2015 / Promotional activities during pre-publicity period
    - 2 Nov 2015 ~ 15 Nov 2015 / Preparing and assisting the events
  4. Places: Central London, Hackney, Brixton, Kingston and New Malden
  5. Volunteer Places Available: 30
  6. Application procedure: Please email (info@kccuk.org.uk) with your CV and Cover Letter
  7. Preference will be given to those studying in Film Departments or with experience from festivals.
  8. Benefits for volunteers: Free attendance to selected screenings and events, Volunteer Certificate, Free meal and travel expenses when working over 5 hours on any given day.
    (* Please note that attending screenings within your working time can be restricted.)

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A Girl at My Door in POUT Fest 2015

14 July 2015

A Girl at My Door(Dir. July Jung) will be screened in POUT Fest 2015

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Audience Survey: Win Gala Tickets!

06 July 2015

We would like to hear from you!

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The Short Film Production Award

02 June 2015

A chance to make a short film that engages Korean Life

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