2016 Festival News

Thank You, See You Next Year!

A big 'Thank You!' from the entire 2016 festival team.

The London Korean Film Festival would like to extend a very special thank you to everyone who came down to one of our screenings, forums, Q&As and special events this year. The festival was a tremendous success as guests and audiences delighted in the huge lineup of films and activities on offer - many of which sold-out!

Did you come down to a screening? You can see pictures of all the action from this year's festival here.

For an insight into this year's LKFF please head over to KoBiz's website for an informative breakdown of this year's events: http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/js...

NOTICE: Time change - British Museum Screenings

Due to unforeseen circumstances at the British Museum we have been forced to change the start time of our screenings.

The new times are as follows:

13:30-15:00 Breathing Underwater + Whose Kimchi?

Book now

15.30-16.30 Keeping the Vision Alive

No booking, but places are limited. See details

These screenings are still FREE.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Programme Revealed for the 11th edition of the London Korean Film Festival (3-27 November 2016)

60+ Films, 6 Cities, 25 Days - From the Contemporary to the Classic

The London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) proudly unveils the line-up for our 11th edition as we prepare for our longest run to date, 3 – 27 November.

The UK Premiere of director Lee Kyoung-mi’s The Truth Beneath will kick-off the festival at an Opening Gala on the evening of 3 November at Picturehouse Central. Tying in with this year’s Special Focus on Women, this is the first time a female director’s film will open the LKFF.

Yourself and Yours, the 18th film from celebrated director Hong Sang-soo will make its UK premiere at the Closing Gala of the 2016 LKFF at Regent Street Cinema.

Special Focus: The Lives of Korean of Korean Women Through the Eyes of Women Directors offers a comprehensive exploration of women filmmakers throughout Korea's cinematic history. Featuring 11 key works we take the audience back to 1955 with the first ever women-directed film then cover the best from Korea's New Wave before ending with powerful new features from this year, playing in the UK for the very first time.

Hits 2015-2016 is our annual presentation of the biggest and best blockbuster movies of the past year. These are the most exciting, must-see hits from a fantastic year at the Korean box office and includes numerous European and UK premieres,. Films include: Inside Men, A Violent Prosecutor, Asura: City of Madness and Seoul Station.

Our other diverse strands include: Classics, Indie Firepower, Documentaries, Shorts, Animation, and Artist Video.

For more information find our press release here

To download the programme lineup click the button below:

Final Teaser Screening: Train To Busan

6 October | 7:00pm | Picturehouse Central |

Before we arrive at our final destination, the 11th London Korean Film Festival, we’re making one more stop for the last teaser screening of the year: TRAIN TO BUSAN!

Yes, the Korean box-office smash will play at Picturehouse Central, 6 October courtesy of the LKFF. Tickets will go on sale shortly so, keep an eye on our website and across our social media (oh, and we’re now on Instagram!) for updates.

A mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency.

As an unidentified virus sweeps the country, Korean government declares martial law. Those on an express train to Busan, a city that has successfully fended off the viral outbreak, must fight for their own survival... 

453 km from Seoul to Busan.

The struggle to survive by those who have others to protect.

Get on board to stay alive…

Tickets available here: https://www.picturehouses.com/...

First Blog Entry: A Landmark Year for Korean Genre Cinema

In the first entry of our new series of blog articles, film journalist and producer Pierce Conran looks over an already fantastic year in Korean cinema.

A few more pages remain before we replace our calendars, but it’s already clear that 2016 will go down as a great year for Korean films, particularly its genre cinema. Fan favourites such as Park Chan-wook, Kim Jee-woon and Na Hong-jin have returned with some of their best work and a host of other filmmakers have also put themselves on the map.

When the lineup of the Cannes Film Festival was announced in April, it was already clear that it was going to be a very special year for Korean cinema. Landing in competition for the third time, following Oldboy and Thirst, Park Chan-wook introduced The Handmaiden, a sumptuously mounted Colonial Era adaptation of Sarah Waters’ erotically charged thriller Fingersmith. He was joined on the Croisette by Na Hong-jin, returning with the thunderous The Wailing, and former indie animator Yeon Sang-ho, presenting his live action commercial debut Train to Busan.

An instant fan favourite, The Wailing plunged...


Special Focus 2016: The Lives of Korean Women Through The Eyes of Women Directors

This year the London Korean Film Festival is proud to present a special strand entitled The Lives of Korean Women through the Eyes of Women Directors, showcasing fiction features from a feminine point of view.

The Opening Film’s director, Lee Kyoung-mi, is spearheading this women’s movement by coming to the festival in person with The Truth Beneath (2016), plus we’ll be showing her highly acclaimed, Park Chan-Wook produced debut Crush and Blush (2008).

Reaching back to 1955 we’ll present the first ever film from a female director in South Korea, Park Nam-ok’s portrayal of the hardships faced by women post-war, The Widow.

It’s been nearly 20-years since Korean cinema first took the world by storm and our eclectic programme shines a light on the work of women filmmakers over this period, including the significantly all-female cast (star Bae Doona included) of Take Care of My Cat (2001) and Yim Soon-rye’s hit drama about the South Korean women’s handball team, Forever the Moment (2008). Yim, a leading female director in the Korean New Wave, will be appearing at the festival to talk about her work.

Lee Hyun-ju’s new indie lesbian drama Our Love Story (2015) brings us up to date with a topical modern love story.

All these and many more are waiting to be discovered in Special Focus: The Lives of Korean Women through the Eyes of Women Directors.

UK Premiere of The Truth Beneath to Open The London Korean Film Festival 2016

Following on from last year’s 10th Anniversary celebrations, the London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) is proud to embark on a second decade of introducing the finest Korean cinema to UK audiences.

This year the LKFF runs from November 3 – 17 in London before embarking on a tour of the UK, bringing highlights from the programme to Glasgow, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and Belfast. Directors and stars will be in attendance at screenings and special events throughout the festival as we shine our spotlight on what continues to be one of the most exciting national cinemas in the world.

For this year’s Opening Gala the festival is pleased to unveil the UK Premiere of director Lee Kyoung-mi’s powerful thriller The Truth Beneath. Actress Son Ye-jin (The Pirates, A Moment to Remember) gives her finest performance to date in the role of Yeon-hong, wife of politician Jong-chan (Kim Ju-hyuk – Yourself and Yours) who’s about to embark on the biggest campaign of his career. Joined by their daughter, Min-jin, the trio appears to be a picture-perfect family until their world is shattered when young Min-jin goes missing. Infuriated by her husband’s decision to continue campaigning throughout the crisis, Yeon-hong embarks on a crusade of her own to find the truth beneath her daughter’s disappearance, uncovering a network of secrets and lies as she digs ever deeper.

It’s been a truly fantastic year for Korean cinema and the LKFF is proud to present an exciting programme, which covers the length and breadth of the industry. From the biggest summer blockbusters to the surprise indie hits, from stimulating documentaries to absorbing dramas, no stone is left unturned as we continue to explore this continually compelling national cinema. Full programme to be announced September 22.

The 11th London Korean Film Festival runs November 3 – 27

LKFF 2016: Programme Launch

The prorgramme launch for this year’s London Korean Film Festival was held on 21 September 2016 at Korean Cultural Centre UK. Our Chief Festival Advisor and Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns’ was on hand to give a brief rundown on each strand of this year’s exciting programme - the biggest and most diverse yet!

The London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) will run from 3-17 November followed by a tour around in the UK until 27 November with over 60 films across features and shorts, a host of UK Premieres, hits, retrospectives, animation, documentary, and this year's special focus on Korean women directors.

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to discover the very best in Korean cinema, hope to see you all in this November.

For more information find our press release here

Dates Announced: November 3 – 27

The 11th London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) will open November 3rd and run until the 17th at a variety of fantastic venues around London. Some of the city’s finest theatres will play host including Picturehouse Central, Regent Street Cinema and Ritzy Picturehouse, along with truly unique spaces such as The British Museum and Close-up.

Following the initial two-week festival period the LKFF will head out on the road to bring some of the best films from our superb lineup to sites across the UK. Fans in Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast will all receive the chance to enjoy our fantastic 2016 selection