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Korean films at the 2016 Cambridge Film Festival: 

The 2016 Cambridge Film Festival (20-27 October) will be screening three Korean films - THE HANDMAIDEN, TRAIN TO BUSAN and THE BACCHUS LADY - in collaboration with the London Korean Film Festival.
Full details can be found at: http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/strands/korean-cinema

The press release of the festival’s Korean film thread is as follows:

“The Cambridge Film Festival is delighted to be collaborating with the London Korean Film Festival (LKFF), organised by the Korean Cultural Centre UK on this year’s programme. The LKFF has selected three fantastic films that truly represent the best of modern Korean cinema, with the hope of developing an appreciation for Korean films amongst Cambridge audiences for years to come.  The country’s best-known auteur, Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden is a sumptuous and sensual adaptation of Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith. Yeon Sang-ho’s thrill-ride Train to Busan is an exciting, emotive blockbuster, while The Bacchus Lady is provocative and challenging; everything a Korean indie feature should be. The 11th LKFF launches in November (3-27), playing over 60 films at six cities across the UK.”




 


Hangul Celluloid LKFF2016 'Actor Focus' article: 

The Hangul Celluloid website was recently asked by the London Korean Film Festival to write an article focusing on the career and importance to Korean cinema of actor Baek Yoon-sik, who is to be a special guest at the festival in November.
That Actor Focus article is now available on the LKFF’s website at: http://koreanfilm.co.uk/news/actor-focus-baek-yoon-sik






 


2016 London Korean Film Festival Trailer & Tickets Available: 

The official trailer for the 2016 London Korean Film Festival has been released:

 


Tickets for a number of the LKFF2016 screenings are also now available.
Full details can be found on the LKFF’s official website at: http://koreanfilm.co.uk/site/the-2016-festival/tickets



 

The 2016 London Korean Film Festival Programme Line-up: 

The full programme line-up for the 2016 London Korean Film Festival 2016 has been announced.
See the screencapped images below for full details:

 

 

 

 

2016 Korean American Film Festival NY: 

The 10th annual Korean American Film Festival NY will take place from 15-22 October in Brooklyn, New York.
This year, the festival will focus on Third Culture Cinema, "dedicated to the stories and voices of third culture kids, i.e., humans, of any national origins, raised with the tension of two or more cultures".


*KAFFNY 2016 will include an Incubator Lab programme featuring a number of films in development, including DOSI - directed by Jules Suo. You can read the Hangul Celluloid 2013 interview with director Suo (discussing DOSI) at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/julessuointerview.html

The following is the festival's official press release:


 

 

 

 

 

 

KAFFNY THIRD CULTURE CINEMA
10th Annual: October 15-22
Brooklyn, NY

EVOLVED BRANDING
For its 10th annual cinema festival this October 15-22, 2016 at Wythe Hotel Cinema and Made
in NY Media Center by IFP, the Korean American Film Festival New York evolves into KAFFNY THIRD
CULTURE CINEMA.

"KAFFNY Third Culture Cinema is the only international cinema festival platform dedicated to the
stories and voices of third culture kids, i.e., humans, of any national origins, raised with the tension of
two or more cultures," states founder Dave Kim. "By challenging traditional cultural qualifiers of
nationality and ethnicity, KAFFNY Third Culture Cinema catalyzes new global trajectories of the future,
reducing the colonial divisions of the past."

BEST THIRD CULTURE FEATURE & SHORT COMPETITION + DIGITAL JURY
This year, KAFFNY hosts its first competition for Best Third Culture Feature(s) and Best Third
Culture Short. Films will be judged on contributions to the creation of third culture. KAFFNY will
announce in total, six feature films and seven shorts.
The feature competition will be decided by a Digital Jury, announcing their top pick for narrative
and/or documentary the day after Closing on Sunday, October 23rd via social media, using tags @kaffny
#3rdCulture. Andrew Ahn, director of the Sundance film SPA NIGHT, will serve as Head of Digital Jury.

CENTERPIECE MUSIC FEATURES
KAFFNY hosts the feature screenings of one Hip-Hop Documentary and one Rock Narrative,
bringing to light the stories of third culture musicians.

INCUBATOR LAB
KAFFNY is now promoting long-form works-in-progress supported under its new Incubator Lab
program. Leveraging its networks while instilling a community mentality, KAFFNY seeks to enable the
realization to fruition of typically under-marketed projects, offering administrative, technical, and creative
support to up-and-coming filmmakers.

UPCOMING EVENTS & DATES

IFP MARKETPLACE — 9/21
KAFFNY will be at IFP Marketplace during IFP Film Week: Wednesday, September 21st, 5:30-7:30PM at
Made in NY Media Center by IFP in Dumbo (30 John Street, Brooklyn), RSVP FREE (required).

LAUNCH PARTY (feat. INCUBATOR LAB) — 9/28
To introduce the festival program and to promote its Incubator Lab projects, KAFFNY hosts a Launch
Party: Wednesday, September 28th, 6-8PM at Juga (8 W 36th Street @5th Ave), RSVP FREE.

KAFFNY DIGITAL — 10/5-19
On its digital channel via partner viddsee.com, KAFFNY will be releasing three films weekly, leading up
to and during the festival, starting Wednesday, October 5th.

GENERAL

Sponsors:
Ford Foundation (Good Neighbor Committee)
viddsee.com (Asian shorts platform, Singapore)
Post Fin (DCP Services, Seoul)
Wythe Hotel Cinema (venue sponsor)
Made in NY Media Center (venue sponsor)
Juga (venue sponsor)
The Korea Times (print/digital news, Global)

Venues:

—Wythe Hotel Cinema (80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249)
—Made in New York Media Center by IFP (30 John Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201)
—Juga (8 W 36th Street, New York, NY 10018)

Tickets:
Now available for purchase online (starting at $12): http://www.kaffny.org/schedule-2016/

Sponsorship:
Community Champions can sponsor at various levels: https://www.patreon.com/kaffny

Please visit http://www.kaffny.org for program updates and final schedule.





 

LKFF Teaser Screening #3, 04 August 2016: 

[London Korean Film Festival 2016: 3rd Teaser Screening]

Following the 1st and 2nd Teaser Screening of 'The Throne' and 'The Priest', The London Korean Film Festival and the KCCUK present director Lee Seok-hoon’s feature 'The Himalayas' at Regent Street Cinema on 4 August (Thursday), 7:30pm.
Regent Street Cinema is just off Oxford Circus tube station (309 Regent St, London W1B 2UW).

Director Lee Seok-hoon’s The Himalayas is produced by J K Youn (Ode to My Father) and stars one of the most talented actors from Korea, Hwang Jung-min (Veteran); this film is based on the life of legendary mountaineer Um Hong-gil (Hwang Jung-min) sent on a mission to retrieve the body of compatriot, Park Moon-taek (Jung Woo) from the slopes of Everest.

More information and to book: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/the-himalayas/
Watch the trailer (with English subtitles): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn7qWjv6KbE







 



Hangul Celluloid 'Singles' film introduction talk at the KCCUK (30 June): 

I'm excited to be able to announce that I will be giving an introductory talk prior to the Korean Cultural Centre UK 'Korean Film Nights' screening of SINGLES (싱글즈 / 2003), taking place at the KCCUK on 30 June 2016.
My talk will aim to give context to both the film's particular brand of humour and how it fits into the New Korean Cinema wave of the late 90s / early 2000s, discussing sadly missed actress Jang Jin-young in the process.

For those of you who haven’t yet seen SINGLES, I wholeheartedly recommend it, and for those who have I hope my talk will allow you to rewatch it with new perspective.

Entry to the screening is, as always, free but booking in advance is required at:
http://london.korean-culture.org/m/en/38/board/5/read/76399







'What's Korean Cinema?' Podcasts #23 and #24: 

Episodes 23 and 24 of the 'What's Korean Cinema?' podcast series are now available on Podcastonfire's channels.
In these episodes - a two-week look at eroticism in Korean film - Hangul Celluloid and Podcastonfire discuss MADAME AEMA (1982) and LIES (1999):

http://podcastonfire.com/2016/06/whats-korean-cinema-23-madame-aema/

http://podcastonfire.com/2016/06/whats-korean-cinema-24-lies/


 


LKFF ‘Teaser Screenings’ throughout 2016: 

The London Korean Film Festival is undertaking is a newly initiated film programme to extend the work of the annual film festival.
A number of teaser screenings throughout 2016 will take the best of Korea's recent films and present them at local cinemas in London.
The first of these events will be a Regent Street Cinema screening of ‘The Throne’ (2015 / directed by Lee Joon-ik), starring hugely popular actors Song Kang-ho and Yoo Ah-in.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Lee Joon-ik.

The London Korean Film Festival: Teaser Screening No.1
The Throne + Q&A
Monday 18 April, 7pm / Regent Street Cinema


Tickets can be booked at: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/the-throne/




 

'What's Korean Cinema?' Podcast #22: 

'What's Korean Cinema?' podcast #22 is now available on PodcastOnFire's networks.
In this episode, Hangul Celluloid and PodcastOnFire discuss Kim Jee-woon's masterful horror A TALE OF TWO SISTERS:
http://podcastonfire.com/2016/03/whats-korean-cinema-22-a-tale-of-two-sisters/

Be sure to also check out the web-exclusive bonus podcast discussion of THE UNINVITED (the US remake of A Tale of Two Sisters) at: http://podcastonfire.com/2016/03/podcast-on-fire-network-bonus-episode-25-the-uninvited/





 

Hangul Celluloid ‘Best of Korean Cinema 2015’ article on UnitedKpop: 

Towards the end of last year, I was asked to write a ‘Best of 2015’ Korean cinema article for UK-based Korean culture website UnitedKpop. The article was posted on UnitedKpop’s site in the lead-up to Christmas 2015, and is still available at: http://unitedkpop.com/2015/12/guest-article-top-korean-movies-2015-hangul-celluloid/

Many thanks to Freya of UnitedKpop for requesting and featuring the article.



 

Asia House Film Festival 2016 (22 Feb - 5 Mar):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The start of the eighth annual Asia House Film Festival is just around the corner, with screenings taking place from 22 February until 5 March. This year’s Festival has a diverse programme of 19 films.

Opening the 2016 Festival at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho will be Yermek Tursunov’s 2015 film Stranger (Zhat), Kazakhstan’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Academy Awards. A beautifully shot outdoors epic set in 1930s Kazakhstan, the film charts one man’s search for freedom set against the historical backdrop of the country’s darkest years.

Thursday 25 February will see the Festival move to the iconic recently reopened Regent Street Cinema for the European premiere of Tursunov’s latest film Little Brother (Kenzhe). A sleek, contemporary hitman thriller, Little Brother sees brother pitted against brother, casting a cynical eye on where Kazakhstan is heading. Tursunov will participate in a director Q&A after this screening.

The Festival will continue at the Regent Street Cinema, hosting the European premiere of Korean-American director Benson Lee’s 2015 film Seoul Searching on 27 February. A romantic teen comedy set in the mid-1980s, the film features a group of diverse Korean high-schoolers from around the world who come together at a summer camp in Seoul to learn about their Korean heritage. Featuring a soundtrack of the era’s most fondly remembered tunes, the film goes beyond nostalgia to present a witty portrait of national, social and ethnic identity.

Chinese director Zhang Wei will join audiences at the Regent Street Cinema on 26 February for the European premiere of his gripping drama Factory Boss. The film presents an engrossing depiction of the ‘Made in China’ hallmark, delving deep into the country’s manufacturing culture from the perspectives of the workers and the executive suite. The film’s lead actor, Yao Anlian, won the Best Actor Award at the 2014 Montréal Film Festival.

Japanese director Shunji Iwai’s 2015 anime film The Case of Hana and Alice will be screened at the Regent Street Cinema on 27 February. A gently comedic prequel to Iwai’s 2004 live-action film Hana and Alice, the film sees two schoolgirls investigate an urban myth surrounding a mysteriously vanished former classmate. The film appears to be traditional Japanese anime, however it was shot using real actors and sets, then put through a digital rotoscope process (a form of retracing live-action footage).

Five short films will be screened across the Festival. French filmmaker Marc Johnson’s ultra-high definition 4K projection Yúyú will be shown at the opening night gala at the Ham Yard Hotel. A 2014 short With Time from Saudi filmmaker Malak Quota, depicting two sisters locked in a room, living their lives indulging in fantasies, will be shown on 27 February. Drama, a 2014 short from director Tian Guan and Panchagavyaa 2015 short documentary about the unique position of cows in India, will be screened on 27 and 28 February respectively. How to Cross (from Jiliz to Jiliz), a 2014 Armenian short film, will have its UK premiere on 28 February.

Other films to be screened include The Monk (2011), Mina Walking (2015), 40 Days of Silence (2014) and Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice (2015).

Asia House will screen two documentary features, State of Play (2013) and Live From UB (2014) on 23 and 24 February respectively.

The Festival will close on 5 March with a special retrospective of films from 1960s and 70s Singapore at The Cinema Museum, Kennington. Each of the films chosen provides a fascinating insight into how Singapore is and was perceived by the rest of the world before and after the colonial era, tracing Western filmmakers’ encounters with the country’s rapidly changing culture and landscape.

Refer to the Asia House website for a full programme of screenings and to book tickets.



 

'FilmDoo' 50% Discount Offer until 25 December: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From now until Christmas Day, online streaming website FilmDoo is offering a 50% discount on all of its films, including its portfolio of Korean movies.
Just visit FilmDoo’s site at https://www.filmdoo.com/korean/ and enter the discount code BLACKFRI to access many Korean films at half price.

FilmDoo’s official Black Friday offer video can be found below:

 

KOREAN CINEMA @ FILMDOO from FilmDoo on Vimeo.


 
 
 

The inaugural 'London East Asian Film Festival' / 23-25 October 2015: 

The London East Asian Film Festival – a brand new film festival bringing a range of exciting, new films from East Asia to the UK – will take place from 23-25 October in London.

“The London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) highlights the excitement, range, and achievement of East Asian cinema by introducing outstanding new films from the region to UK audiences. Challenging perceptions about East Asia and its cinema, LEAFF celebrates the diversity of filmmaking that exists in the region and the many imaginative ways Asian filmmakers draw from and contribute to their cultures. The festival’s mission is to take audiences on a continuously unfolding adventure of cinematic discovery.”

LEAFF full line-up and timings:

VETERAN: Ryoo Seung-wan | Action Crime | South Korea | 124min | 2015, European Premiere, Q&A with director Ryoo Seung-wan and producer Kang Hye-jung
Opening Gala, Friday 23rd Oct, 7pm, Odeon Leicester Square.

KAILI BLUES
: Bi Gan | drama | China | 110min |2015, UK Premiere
Saturday 24th Oct, 3pm, Odeon Panton Street.

JOURNEY TO THE SHORE
: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | drama | Japan| 128min | 2015, UK premiere
Saturday 24th Oct, 6pm, Odeon Covent Garden.

VIOLATOR: Dodo Dayao | Horror | Philippines | 101min | 2014, UK Premiere
Saturday 24th Oct, 9pm, Odeon Covent Garden, co-presented with Terracotta Distribution.

OFFICE
: Hong Won-chan | Thriller | South Korea | 111min | 2015, UK Premiere
Sunday 25th Oct 1pm, Odeon Panton Street.

CHASUKE'S JOURNEY:
 Sabu | comedy | Japan | 106min |2015, UK Premiere
Sunday 25th Oct, 3.30pm Odeon Panton Street.

SPL2 - A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES:
 Soi Cheang | Martial Arts Action | Hong Kong China | 118min | 2015, UK premiere
Sunday 25th October 7pm, Odeon Leicester Square.

Venues:
-    Odeon Leicester Square: 24-26 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LQ
-    Odeon Covent Garden: 135 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8AH
-    Odeon Panton: 11-18 Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DP
Tickets can be booked at: http://www.odeon.co.uk


Further information can be found at http://www.leaff.org.uk/


About the opening film VETERAN:


Directed by Ryoo Seung-wan (CITY OF VIOLENCE, THE UNJUST, THE BERLIN FILE).
A comic action extravaganza, Veteran pits hyperviolent, incorruptible police detective Seo Do-cheol (Hwang Jung-min) against superrich, sociopathic corporate heir Cho Tae-oh (Yoo Ah-in), first brought together at the afterparty of a TV cop show, and then playing out their punishing duel before CCTVs, cellphones and other cameras. It is an exciting, often very funny dash across Korea's social divisions and class inequalities, culminating in the kind of thrilling, elaborate and hilariously over-the-top action sequences that have become Ryoo’s stock in trade. Aided by the dynamic choreography of long-time collaborator Jung Doo-hong, director RYOO takes the audience on a wild ride through Korea's rough justice, Gangnam-style or otherwise. Released in domestic cinemas in August, the film has already struck a chord with local audiences, becoming one of the most popular films of all time in its country.

About Festival Director Mrs Hye-Jung Jeon:


Hye-Jung Jeon has been the programmer and festival director of the London Korean Film Festival for 9 years. She has organised extensive festivals in other arts sectors including music, performance and fashion. She is the founder of the K-Music Festival and K-pop Academy. To introduce Korean cinema in the UK, she organised a retrospective of works by director Hong Sang-soo with the ICO touring around 20 cities. She has also collaborated with the BFI for a retrospective of director Im Kwon-taek’s films. 
Furthermore, she has invited representative figures of Korean cinema including director Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon-ho, Kim Jee-woon, Choi Dong-hoon, Ryoo Seung-wan to provide opportunities to meet with the London audience. Collaborating with film schools in the UK, she organised visits for key filmmakers from Korea to give talks to the students. For 8 years, she organised free Korean film nights which included a ‘Year of 12 Directors’ and a ‘Year of 4 Actors’. At present, she is the director of the London East Asia Film Festival that was founded by her. She was awarded by Bom Film Productions for the contribution to Korean cinema with the recommendation of Korean directors and actors. Working closely with UK distribution companies, she continues to provide a platform for introducing Asian cinema to the local audience.



 

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for the Republic of Korea - ‘Korea National Branding’ contest: 

The Hangul Celluloid site has received an email from The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for the Republic of Korea regarding a ‘Korea National Branding’ contest. Contest prizes include an 'Enjoy Korea Voucher’ consisting of round trip flight tickets, 2 nights accommodation, and K-POP star concert tickets for two.

I've been asked to draw attention to and promote this incredible contest and I am of course happy to do so. 
Full information and entry details can be found via the links below.

The full email received was as follows:

“First and foremost, I deliver our gratitude for your interest in Korea.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for the Republic of Korea is hosting a ‘Contest on Korea National Branding’ to bring about national unity by connecting the social segmented phenomenon with cultural assets.
On this occasion, I request your kind support to encourage members of ‘Hangul Celluloid' to the above contest.
If possible, providing your feasible ideas such as posting this contest, sending emails etc. to encourage your members would be most appreciated by us.

Mainly, the ‘National Branding Contest’ and ‘Keyword Event’ are taking place on our website http://koreaourstories.kr/2015/what-is-your-koreanness/.
Particularly, the ‘Enjoy Korea Voucher’ including round trip flight tickets, 2 nights accommodation, and K-POP star concert tickets for two will be gifted to each of the winners participating in the event.
Please refer to our homepage http://koreaourstories.kr/research_eng/ for more information and participation.

I thank you in advance for your kind support and please don’t hesitate to contact us with your ideas and inquiries.”

 

 

 


 


2015 London Korean Film Festival - Full Line-up Announced:

The screening line-up for the 2015 London Korean Film Festival has been announced.
Full details can be found below (content and images are the copyright of the 2015 London Korean Film Festival).
(A pdf of the full line-up can be downloaded from the LKFF official website at: http://www.koreanfilm.co.uk )

The 2015 LKFF screening schedule (dates, times, etc.) will be available soon.


Complete LKFF2015 Line-up:

 

 

London Korean Film Festival 2015 - Official Press Release:

On 21 September 2015, the press launch for the 2015 London Korean Film Festival took place in the Soho Hotel, London.
To coincide with this official launch of the festival's 10th year, the first LKFF2015 press release was made availble to all attending.
Full scans of the press release can be found below, and I'm sure you'll agree this year's LKFF is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet.

*Once the festival schedule is 100% confirmed, full screening details will be available on the LKFF's official website at:
www.koreanfilm.co.uk

LKFF2015 Press Release:

 

 

 

 

Hangul Celluloid articles in KCCUK July-August Newsletter:

The Hangul Celluloid site was recently asked to write two articles to appear in the Korean Cultural Centre UK's July-August Newsletter; one discussing traditional Pansori Korean singing and adult Pansori folktale 'Madame Ong', the other giving a brief overview of the Korean Film Archive at the KCCUK.
The KCCUK Newsletter is available in print (free of charge) from the Korean Cultural Centre UK but for those outside London both articles have been screencapped and posted below:

 



 

 

'Unfolded' Magazine - Issue #20:

Issue #20 of ‘Unfolded’ magazine is now available to read (free) online. As always, the issue features a Hangul Celluloid written article (in this case, a dissection of several Korean documentaries; on pages 34-37).
You can read 'Unfolded' #20 at: http://unfoldedmag.com/unfolded/issue20

 



 

 

PodcastOnFire 'What's Korean Cinema?' #14:

Episode 14 of PodcastOnFire's 'What's Korean Cinema?' series is now online. 
This episode features myself (HangulCelluloid) and Ken (Podcastonfire) discussing Im Kwon-taek's 'The General's Son' and Ra Hee-chan's 'Going by the Book'. The WKC 14 podcast can be found at: http://t.co/D6XYNmgt5P

 



 

'Unfolded' Magazine - Issue #19:

Issue #19 of ‘Unfolded’ magazine is now available to read (free) online. As always, the issue features a Hangul Celluloid written article (in this case, a lengthy ten page dissection of the films and burgeoning career of talented director OH In-chun; on pages 60-69):
You can read 'Unfolded' #19 at: http://unfoldedmag.com/unfolded/issue19

 



 

'East Winds' Film Festival 2014:


 

 

 

 

 

 

East Winds, the UK’s only major showcase of East Asian cinema outside of London and the first of its kind in the Midlands, returns to Coventry between 31st October and 2nd November 2014 with a stunning selection of popular film from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Thailand and Japan, reinforcing its status as one of the most prestigious events in the region.
Opening the festival on Friday is the European Premiere of the dark, brooding and sinister Taiwanese tale "Partners in Crime" from acclaimed director Chang Jung-chi who takes the teenage angst into an entirely more mature and disturbing area. On the night, Japanese black comedy "Greatful Dead" from Third Window Films will follow a young woman with a dysfunctional childhood as she transitions from a peeping tom spying on people who have gone crazy from loneliness into a full-fledged stalker of old men. Touching or disturbing?
Viewers will be kept on the edge of their seats on Saturday with an assortment of highly anticipated films. Starting things off with a chilling glimpse into twisted minds is Third Window Films' Presentation of Isogai Nagisa's short thriller "Lust of Angels" as a group of schoolgirls go on a hunt for gropers.
From acclaimed director Sophon Sakdaphisit comes box office hit "Laddaland", a horror based on the real story of a haunted condo development which will remind audiences of "The Amityville Horror" and "Poltergeist". Following this, Louis Koo will play a tense game of cat and mouse with the high-powered fat cats of Hong Kong in the European Premiere of David Lam's first film in 15 years, "Z Storm".
Saturday night will play host to the International Festival Premiere of "The Swimmers", the latest intricate horror from Thailand's champion of scares and slow burn chills, Sophon Sakdaphisit.
Playing for the first time in Europe and closing the second day is Japanese/South Korean co-production "A Record of Sweet Murder" from Koji Shiraishi, one of Japan's leading directors in underground horror, who converges deranged fantasy and stark reality into a terrible nightmare.
The last day of the festival brings with it a lighter tone, kicking off with the International Festival Premiere of romantic comedy "Live @ Love", featuring a cast of rising stars in Taiwanese TV and film as they work in an inconspicuous private detective agency.
A first in the international festival sphere, Sunday afternoon will deliver a throwback to the classic Hollywood B-movies of the '60s and '70s with "Bugs". Shockly fun and scares in real 3D await.
Renowned director Clifton Ko will be bringing his family drama "Wonder Mama", featuring a superb performance from Petrina Fung Bo Bo as a 49-year old librarian whose mellow world is shattered when she learns her teenage maid has been impregnated by her 70-year old father, and finds herself torn between her parents' divorce at on old age, the pressure of raising the new-born, her missing husband and her 30-year old unemployed son who still lives with her.
In the past, East Winds Closing Ceremonies have left attendees wanting more and this year is no different. The European Premiere of Nithiwat Tharatorn's Thai box office smash hit "The Teacher's Diary", which has been selected as the official entry into the Oscars' foreign-language division, will bring a sweet and sentimental comedy-drama that follows the intertwining stories of two lonely teachers posted to the same rural school a year apart.
The festival will also be offering audiences an exclusive behind the scenes look at East Asian cinema by inviting special guests to introduce their films and mingle with audiences.
The full schedule and tickets are now available at www.eastwindsfilmfest.com.

 

 

Korean films screening at the BFI London Film Festival 2014:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several notable Korean films will be screened as part of this year's BFI London Film Festival (8-19 October).
Full details and screening dates for each of the films - <Hill of Freedom>, <A Hard Day>, <A Girl at My Door> and <The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow> - are as follows:

Tickets for the BFI London Korean Film Festival 2014 go on sale at 10am on September 18th and will be available for purchase through the BFI's website at: http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff





 

 

London Korean Film Festival 2014 - Dates Announced:

LONDON KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014  
6 November - 21 November 2014 / London, Norwich, Aberystwyth and Hebden Bridge

The 9th London Korean Film Festival will open on 6 November 2014 at the Odeon West End, Leicester Square.
The festival will run for 2 weeks - featuring over 50 Korean feature films and shorts from a vast array of genres.

The full programme will be launched on 15 September at which point a special subsection of the Hangul Celluloid site will go live; specialising in all aspects and ongoing events of the LKFF2014 and continuing to be updated regularly throughout the festival.

 






 

'Unfolded' Magazine - Issue #17:

Issue #17 of 'Unfolded' magazine is now available online and in print. As always, this latest issue includes an article written by Hangul Celluloid (in this case discussing depictions of disability in Korean cinema; on pages 64-68).

'Unfolded' issue #17 can be read (free) online at: http://unfoldedmag.com

 

 

 

'Bleak Night' UK DVD release / 'Pluto' UK cinema release:

Third Window Films (http://thirdwindowfilms.com) will release 'Bleak Night' (2010 - directed by Yoon Sung-hyun) on DVD in the UK on May 26th, 2014.

You can read the Hangul Celluloid review of the film by clicking here.

 


Separately, 'Pluto' (2012 - directed by Shin Su-won) will be released in UK cinemas (again by Third Window Films) on June 6th, followed by a subsequent UK DVD release.

You can read the Hangul Celluloid review of 'Pluto' by clicking here.


 

 

DVDBANG at Sci-fi London Film Festival:

DVDBANG, the UK 'pop-up' Korean cinema, will be present at the Sci-fi London Film Festival (May 25 - May 27); allowing visitors to book a slot to watch Korean films in the DVDBANG booth. Booth slots are free but must be booked in advance.

An overview of DVDBANG and the slots currently available at Sci-fi London can be found in the images below:

 

 

 

 

Terracotta Far East Film Festival 2014 - Line-up announced:

The full line-up for the forthcoming 2014 Terracotta Far East Film Festival (running from 23 May - 1 June) has been announced.
Among the numerous films from many Asian territories being shown, three Korean films will be screened during the festival:
'Moebius' (directed by Kim Ki-duk) on May 30, 'Commitment' (directed by Park Hang-soo) on May 31, and 'The Face Reader' (directed by Han Jae-rim) on June 01.
Full screening details for the festival can be found (and tickets bought) at:
http://terracottafestival.com

You can read the Hangul celluloid review of 'Moebius' by clicking here
and the Hangul Celluloid review of 'The Face Reader' can be found here

 



 

 


*Competition Update (March 24th)*

The Hangul Celluloid Birthday Celebration Competition is now closed and winners have been randomly chosen from correct entries by a third party. Congratulations to winners Ana Brdar (Boomerang Family DVD) & Marie Zajacova (Directory of World Cinema: South Korea)... Prizes will be sent out by Royal Mail in the next 24-48 hrs.           

(The answer to the competition question "Which film did I describe on the Hangul Celluloid site as '*the* romantic comedy of 2012, period.'?” was 'My P.S Partner' (나의 PS 파트너) aka 'Whatcha Wearin'?')
You can read the Hangul Celluloid review of the film at: http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/mypspartner.html



Hangul Celluloid 'Birthday Celebration Competition':

To celebrate the sixth birthday of www.hangulcelluloid.com (March 23rd 2008 - present), I've decided to run a competition to win some Hangul Celluloid related 'goodies' (two prizes, one winner each).
The competition is open to worldwide entries.
Full prize and entry details, as well as competition terms and conditions, can be found below:

Prizes (two prizes, one winner for each):

1: 'Boomerang Family' UK DVD (Region 2):
DVD Special Features include the filmed Hangul Celluloid interview with director Song Hae-sung, actress Youn Yuh-jung and actor Yoon Je-moon.

2: Intellect Books' 'Directory of World Cinema: South Korea':
Features a genre overview and film reviews written by Hangul Celluloid.

 

How to Enter:

As the Hangul Celluloid-written Genre Overview appearing in the 'Directory of World Cinema: South Korea' relates to Romantic Comedy, the competition question is:

Question: Which film did I describe on the Hangul Celluloid site as "the romantic comedy of 2012, period."?
(Hint: The answer can be found in two fairly obvious places on www.hangulcelluloid.com)


Email your answer along with your name to: info@hangulcelluloid.com using 'Competition' as the subject.


Competition Closing Date: End of March 23rd 2014 (GMT).

(As a small bonus, each prize will also include an exclusive Hangul Celluloid branded tote bag).

Terms and Conditions:

The Hangul Celluloid Birthday Celebration Competition is open to entries worldwide.
The competition will close promptly at the end of March 23rd (GMT) at which point two winners (one for each prize) will be chosen at random from correct entries by a third party unconnected to the Hangul Celluloid site.
Winners will be notified by reply email on March 24th and asked for their preferred delivery address.
Prizes will be sent out within 24 hrs of receipt of prizewinners' delivery addresses.

Please note: The address provided by each winner will be used solely to send out the competition prize by mail and thereafter all note of it will be deleted.
Details of a prizewinner's delivery address will be required within seven days of the close of the competition. If a delivery address has not been received by the end of March 31st (GMT), the entry will be deemed null and void and a new winner will be chosen at random from correct entries.

The competition is now open. The very best of luck to you all.

 

 


 

8-part documentary on North Korean cinema:

The 'Chocolate Liberation Front' has created an interactive website called 'Kim Jong-il's Cinema Experience' - featuring an 8-part documentary on North Korean Cinema and Kim Jong-il's influence on the industry, available to watch free. 
The site also provides users with the tools to create their own North Korean-inspired film; as well as a few NK-cinema related activities.       

You can check out the site at: www.northkoreancinema.com







 

DVDBANG official UK launch in March:

DVDBANG – the UK version of the iconic, hugely popular private cinema rooms found throughout 24-hr districts of South Korea – will be officially launched at Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival running from March 24-30; allowing customers to browse an extensive SK-film library, eat and hang out with friends and watch a South Korean film… or two.

Further details can be found in the attached press release.
You can also visit DVDBANG's website at: http://dvd-bang.com/

 

 

 

Hangul Celluloid filmed director/cast interview on Third Window Films UK DVD:

On February 24th, 'Boomerang Family' was released on DVD in the UK by Third Window Films. The DVD's Special Features include the Hangul Celluloid filmed interview with Boomerang Family's director, Song Hae-sung, and main cast members Youn Yuh-jung and Yoon Jae-moon. 
For those of you who check out the DVD, I hope you enjoy watching the interview as much as I enjoyed making it.



 

 

Korean Cultural Centre UK - 'Korean Novels on Screen' special film series:

In conjunction with the Korea Market Focus Cultural Programme for The London Book Fair 2014, the Korean Cultural Centre UK will be hosting an additional 'Korean Novels on Screen' special film screening programme (in addition to the fortnightly Korean Film Nights); each Tuesday from March 4th to April 1st, at 7pm. 

This programme will feature five films - ‘The Road to Sampo’; ‘Portrait of Youth’; ‘The Scarlet Letter’;
‘Leafie: A Hen into the Wild’; and ‘Moss’ - each based on a novel by one of five contemporary Korean writers who are
participating in the London Book Fair 2014.

Entry to each of the screenings is free but booking in advance is required.

Seats for the screenings can be booked at:
http://bit.ly/1gn8SpR


On a related note, you can read the Hangul Celluloid review of ‘The Scarlet Letter’ at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/scarletletter.html

The Hangul Celluloid review of ‘Leafie: A Hen into the Wild’ at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/leafie.html

The Hangul Celluloid review of ‘Moss’ at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/moss.html

And the Hangul Celluloid interview with director Kang Woo-suk (director of ‘Moss’) can be found at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/kangwoosukinterview.html

 



 

'Vengeance Trilogy' showing on FEARnet (North America):

For those of you residing in North America, Park Chan-wook's 'Vengeance Trilogy' will be shown on FEARnet on February 6th (8pm EST). Full details can be found at http://www.fearnet.com/ or by clicking the Palisades Tartan press release below:

 



 

 

'Unfolded' Magazine - Issue #16:

Issue #16 of 'Unfolded' magazine is now available online and in print. As always, this latest issue includes an article written by Hangul Celluloid (entitled 'Suffer the Children' and consisting of two Korean film reviews, an overview and a director interview); on pages 84-89.

'Unfolded' issue 16 can be read (free) online at: http://unfoldedmag.com/unfolded/issue16

 





 

'What's Korean Cinema' Podcast #11 (feat. Hangul Celluloid):

Episode #11 of Podcast On Fire's 'What's Korean Cinema?' series is now online at:
http://podcastonfire.com/2013/12/whats-korean-cinema-11-barefooted-youth-failan/

The episode features myself (@HangulCelluloid) and Ken (@PodcastOnFire) discussing 'Failan' (파이란 - 2001) and 'Barefooted Youth' (맨발의 청춘 - 1964).

 

 

'The Taste of Money' London Cinema Release; Oct 25th:

I've been asked by Arrow Films to remind those of you in London that 'The Taste of Money' (돈의 맛 - directed by Im Sang-soo) opens at Curzon Soho (London) tomorrow and continues until October 31st.
Tickets for the screenings can be booked on Curzon Soho’s website at:
https://www.curzoncinemas.com/booking/default.aspx?venueid=cso

As previously mentioned, you can read the Hangul Celluloid review of the film at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/tasteofmoney.html


 



You can also read the 2010 Hangul Celluloid interview with director Im Sang-soo by clicking here.

 



 

 

Kickstarter crowd-sourcing project for Korean/American film 'Dosi':

I’ve been asked to draw your attention to Boke Film’s Kickstarter crowd-sourcing project as part of the company’s efforts to create a Korean American feature film set in NYC; to be entitled ‘Dosi’.

The film’s lead actress will be Lee Eun-woo who recently gave an utterly memorable performance in Kim Ki-duk’s 2013 film ‘Moebius’.
Boke Films also previously made a short film called ‘528 New York’ which will be screened at the Korean American Film Fest NY later this month and the aforementioned feature-length production will have the same cast with a different storyline.

You can find the Kickstarter project at: http://kck.st/16Od8is and short film ‘528 New York’ is currently available to view on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/69033955


‘Dosi’ Background and Synopsis:

“Dosi is a dramatic thriller written and directed by Jules Suo. 
It tells the story of several New Yorkers. Nari is a working actress, from Korea living in New York City, who is faced with a difficult decision to overcome her fears after being assaulted by a stranger. Nari's need for escapism leads her to a remote road in Upstate NY, but while driving she gets into a accident, thereby setting off an interlocking story involving three different lives in New York City.  
Ahmed, is a cab driver, who tries to look out for his younger brother and mother who remains back in Egypt. Trouble brews for his younger brother Amr as the Egyptian revolution unfolds. Julian, the child of a hard working immigrant family, is a top swimmer at his Brooklyn high school aspiring to be a professional swimmer. He is wrongfully accused of a crime by the police and is beaten and shamed…”



 

 

 

 

SnagFilms and DramaFever 'Korean Drama Channel' partnership:

SnagFilms (www.snagfilms.com), a well-curated free online content streaming site that focuses on critically-acclaimed, foreign, art house, and documentary films, has announced a new Korean Drama Channel partnership with DramaFever; to feature some of the best Korean drama content on its website. 

Further information can be found at:
SnagFilms
www.snagfilms.com
@snagfilms
www.facebook.com/snagfilms

Note: The Korean Drama Channel currently serves the same regions as DramaFever.




 

 


'A Blood Pledge' and 'Pieta' on UK DVD:

'A Blood Pledge' (여고괴담5-동반자살 / 2009) and 'Pieta' (피에타 / 2012) will both be released on DVD in the UK on Monday, October 14th 2013.

Both films are available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/16Ft8RJ and http://t.co/CfDM5v0UbX respectively.

As already stated in an earlier post, you can read the Hangul Celluloid review of 'Pieta' at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/pieta.html





 

 

'East Winds' Film Festival and Symposium:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparations are underway for the third East Winds Film Festival taking place between October 31st and November 4th at Coventry University. As well as the film festival itself, East Winds will also be holding a symposium consisting of a number of talks, pre-formed panels and workshops relating to 'East Asian and South East Asian Cinema on a Global Stage'.

The East Winds Film Festival press releases and symposium 'Call for Papers' are as follows:

EastWinds Press Release:

EAST WINDS FILM FESTIVAL 2013 (October 31st – November 3rd)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A host of big names from the East Asian movie scene will be arriving in Coventry for a prestigious international film event.

The East Winds Film Festival – the UK’s only major showcase of East Asian cinema outside London and the first of its kind in the Midlands – will take place in Coventry University’s state-of-the-art digital 3D cinema at its student centre, The Hub, from Thursday 31st October-Sunday 3rd November.
Now in its third year, the festival – which will feature 12 exclusive screenings over four days – is sponsored by Nissan and hosted by Coventry University’s award-winning East Asian Film Society in association with Third Window Films, the UK’s largest distributor of Japanese film.

A celebration of East Asian film and culture, the festival showcases the work of artists from Hong Kong, China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam in genres ranging from action and horror through to comedy and romance. The festival features a special ‘East Wind Chills’ theme on Halloween, with an exclusive double bill of horror films from Asia.

All of the films being shown throughout the four day festival are receiving either International, European or UK Premieres, including the opening night screening on Friday 1st November of Vietnamese actor-director and martial artist Dustin Nguyen’s hotly anticipated Once Upon a Time in Vietnam (Vietnamese title: LửaPhật). A familiar face to western audiences thanks to his long running role in crime drama 21 Jump Street, and a long list of starring and supporting roles in US film and TV, Nguyen has assembled the cream of the Vietnamese cinema industry to produce a unique fantasy action film.
A landmark in Vietnamese cinema in terms of scale and production values, Once Upon a Time in Vietnam has already been picked up by Lionsgate for a US release later this year and this screening in Coventry marks the European premiere of this epic saga which blends swordplay, science fiction and super-powered martial arts.
The East Winds trailer for Once Upon a Time in Vietnam is available to view online. Director and star Dustin Nguyen said: “It is with much pleasure that I present Once Upon a Time in Vietnam in the UK. It has always been a desire for me to have Vietnamese cinema exposed to the rest of the world, and I look forward to interacting with British audiences and sharing our mutual passion for films.”

Spencer Murphy, senior lecturer in film and visual culture and organiser of the East Winds Film Festival, added: “I am very proud to confirm that East Winds is returning for its third year at Coventry University. I am also delighted to be working alongside our incredibly supportive festival partners Nissan once more on this wonderful celebration of East Asian film, culture and society.
“I look forward to welcoming viewers to the East Winds Film Festival 2013 to enjoy some unique and compelling films, and as is now tradition, to mingle with the stars, directors and other creative people associated with the films on show.”
Nissan’s executive vice-president Andy Palmer, who holds an honorary doctorate of technology from Coventry University, will be among the guests at the official opening of the festival.
He said: “Nissan is absolutely delighted to support what is now one of the most important showcases for East Asian cinema in the UK and a very important cultural event for the local community.”

The East Winds Film Festival takes place from Thursday 31 October to Sunday 3 November 2013 at The Hub, Jordan Well, in Coventry city centre (CV1 5FB). A full schedule of films and announcements on special guests appearing at the festival will be announced shortly.
In the meantime, further information about the festival, including details of how to book tickets, is available on the website www.eastwindsfilmfest.com.


12 MAJOR AND EXCLUSIVE FILM SCREENINGS OVER FOUR DAYS, SHOWCASING POPULAR EAST ASIAN CINEMA FROM HONG KONG, CHINA, JAPAN, THAILAND AND VIETNAM.
ACTION. HORROR. COMEDY. ROMANCE. PREMIERES. SPECIAL GUESTS. EVENTS. PARTIES.

The annual East Winds Film Festival returns this autumn to Coventry University for its third year, even bigger and better than before. Join us for the only major film festival of East Asian cinema outside of London and the first of its kind in the Midlands, UK. A unique Film Festival delivered by students of the award-winning Coventry East Asian Film Society, in partnership with official festival sponsor Nissan.

With 4 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres and 3 UK Premieres screened over 4 days, be the first to see major blockbuster releases from East Asia at the purpose built digital cinema facility at the HUB, Coventry. This year’s event will commence with a special ‘East Winds Chills’ strand on Halloween Night - an exclusive double bill of Horror films from Asia.
Special guests from the East Asian film industry will be flying into Coventry to introduce their films, take part in Q&A sessions, and mingle with the audience.

East Winds Film Festival is delighted to open with the European Premiere of the most anticipated movie in Vietnam and across Asia this year - the epic martial arts sci-fi fantasy 'Once Upon A Time in Vietnam', directed by and starring Dustin Nguyen.

A passion project for Nguyen for many years, the film offers a unique blend of swordplay, super powered martial arts and science fiction imagery, and is a landmark production in Vietnamese cinema, in terms of scale and production values. The film rights have already been sold all over the world, and the film has recently been picked up by Lionsgate for a US release later this year.
“… Once upon a time, foreign invaders came from distant lands to conquer our beloved country. Time and time again, they’re exorcized by the most elite of the monk-hood. The elite of the elite of these were known as The Masters. When peace was restored, some of their Brothers returned to the sanctity of The Temple. But the Masters stayed behind, bound by an oath to protect the Emperor. Some say they were forced to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country. But ask those who have been to battles, once your eyes have seen war, there is no returning home.”

For details on film schedule and tickets, please visit www.eastwindsfilmfest.com.

TICKETS:
STUDENT TICKETS £3.50 | GENERAL £5.00
EARLY BIRD FESTIVAL PASS ONLY £20 – offer ends September 30th
STUDENT FESTIVAL PASS £30 | GENERAL PASS £45

 

East Winds Symposium 'Call for Papers':

East Winds Symposium:

East and South East Asian Cinema on the Global Stage

Coventry University, 2nd – 3rd November 2013

Now in its third year, the East Winds international symposium and Film Festival (sponsored by Third Window Films and Nissan UK) organised by Spencer Murphy (Coventry University) and Colette Balmain, funded by Coventry University, seeks papers on the impact of East and South East Asian Cinema on global cinema in relation to fears around the disappearance of national and cultural specificity as a result of the processes and practices of globalisation.

Coming out of the work of the award-winning CUEAFS (Coventry University East Asian Film Society), we would actively encourage student papers and presentations alongside papers by people involved in the practice and promotion of East and South East Asian Cinemas. Pre-formed panels, workshops, presentation of work-in-progress, and papers are sought. Pre-formed panels of 3 people are advisable. Suggested areas are below, but we welcome proposals on other areas of interest which fulfill the main purpose of the symposium.

Practicing Globalisation
Asian directors in Hollywood
Western directors in Asia
Localization, translation and remakes
Diasporic directors
Orientalism and Occidentalism
Localization, Glocalization and Globalisation

The Promotion of Globalisation
Film festivals
Government policies and industrial practices
Domestic and International Versions of the same film
Subtitling and dubbing practices
DVD and streaming services
Fan practices
Journalism, blogs and internet presence
Cultural centres and promotion

The Global Subject?
Gender and nation
Ethnicity and imagined communities
Whiteness and white privilege and the loss of cultural identity
Sexuality and identity politics
Class identities and bourgeois politics
Cosmopolitanism

Other cinemas?
Independent Cinema
LGBT cinema, censorship and production practices
Short films
Extreme and exploitation cinema



Students and unwaged delegates: £20.00 (includes a festival pass)
Waged delegates: £50.00 (includes a festival pass)

Pre-formed panels and workshops will be allocated no more than 60 minutes.

Please send a 150 – 200 word abstract for a 20 minute paper to Spencer Murphy: aa1261@coventry.ac.uk.

General enquiries should be sent to Colette Balmain: BalmaColet@aol.com.

Deadline for abstracts: 7th October 2013

Notification of decision: 14th October 2013

 

 

 

'The Taste of Money' UK Cinema Release:

Arrow Films will release 'The Taste of Money' (2012 - Directed by Im Sang-soo) in UK cinemas on October 25th.
In the lead-up to the release, the official UK trailer of the film has also been made available and can be viewed below:

 



You can read the 2010 Hangul Celluloid interview with director Im Sang-soo by clicking here.

 



 

 

'Unfolded' Magazine - Issue 15:

Issue 15 of 'Unfolded' magazine is now available online and in print. As always, this latest issue includes an article written by Hangul Celluloid; entitled 'Love's a Funny Thing' and consisting of three reviews and an overview.

'Unfolded' issue 15 can be read (free) online at: http://unfoldedmag.com/unfolded/issue15



 

 

 

The 2013 Korean Film Festival in Australia:

I'm really pleased to be able to say that this year the Hangul Celluloid website is once again a Media Partner of the Korean Film Festival in Australia.
KOFFIA 2013 begins in Brisbane on August 14th and during the festival I will, among other things, post regular links to the Hangul Celluloid reviews of the majority of films being screened.

Tickets for the many films showing at the festival can now be booked on KOFFIA’s official website at: http://koffia.com.au/






 

'A Tale of Two Sisters' Special Edition Blu-ray:

Palisades Tartan has announced that a Special Edition Blu-ray of 'A Tale of Two Sisters' will be the first release of its forthcoming ‘Black Collection’.
The Special Edition Blu-ray will be released on October 22nd 2013.

You can read the Hangul Celluloid review of 'A Tale of Two Sisters' at: http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/taleoftwosisters.html

 




 

KCCUK 'Failan' free screening:

Beginning its Choi Min-sik film season as part of the 'Year of the 4 Actors' series, the Korean Cultural Centre UK will be holding a free screening of 'Failan' (2001 - directed by Song Hae-sung) on Thursday, July 11th at the KCCUK in London.
Entry is free but booking in advance is required.
Places for the screening can be booked at:
http://www.kccuk.org.uk/navigator.do?menuCode=201104050063&action=VIEW&seq=773

You can also read the Hangul Celluloid review of 'Failan' at: http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/failan.html

The Choi Min-sik film series will culminate in September with a personal appearnce at BAFTA in London by actor Choi Min-sik himself for a special screening of one of his films and audience Q&A.

 

 

 

 

KCCUK 'The Housemaid' free screening:

Continuing its Jeon Do-yeon film season, the Korean Cultural Centre UK will be holding a screening of 'The Housemaid' (2010 - directed by Im Sang-soo) on Thursday, June 27th at the KCCUK in London.
Entry is free but booking in advance is required.

Please note: Actress Jeon Do-yeon had originally been scheduled to attend the screening in person and hold an audience Q&A session but as she is currently filming on set in Korea she will be unable to visit the UK at this time. As such, the screenng of 'The Housemaid' will take place in the KCCUK's multi-purpose hall.

Places for the screening can be booked at:
http://www.kccuk.org.uk/navigator.do?menuCode=201104050063&action=VIEW&seq=763

You can also read the Hangul Celluloid review of the film at: http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/housemaid2010.html




 

 

'Unfolded' Magazine - Issue 14:

Issue 14 of 'Unfolded' magazine is now available online and in print. The issue includes an article written by Hangul Celluloid giving an overview of depictions of North Korea in South Korean cinema.

'Unfolded' issue 14 can be read (free) online at:
http://unfoldedmag.com/unfolded/issue14





 

 

'Hansel & Gretel' special London screening:

Terracotta Distribution will be holding a special screening of 'Hansel & Gretel' (2007 - directed by Yim Phil-sung) on Wednesday 26th June 2013 at the Prince Charles cinema in London. The screening forms part of Terracotta Distribution's monthly 'Terracotta Film Club'.
Tickets are priced at £7.50 (£5 for Prince Charles cinema members) and places can be booked at:
http://www.princecharlescinema.com/events/events.php?seasonanchor=terracottafc

You can also read the Hangul Celluoid review of 'Hansel & Gretel' at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/hanselgretel.html





 

 

KCCUK 'Secret Sunshine' free screening:

Continuing its Jeon Do-yeon film season, the Korean Cultural Centre UK will be holding a screening of 'Secret Sunshine' (2007 - directed by Lee Chang-dong) on Thursday, June 13th at the KCCUK in London.
Entry is free but booking in advance is required.
Places for the screening can be booked at:
http://london.korean-culture.org/navigator.do?menuCode=201104050063&action=VIEW&seq=756

You can also read the Hangul Celluloid review of the film at: http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/secretsunshine.html

 

 

 

 

The '2013 Terracotta Far East Film Festival' begins:

As many of you know (certainly those of you in the UK), June 6th sees the start of the 2013 Terracotta Far East Film Festival which will run until June 15th (http://terracottafestival.com/)
As several Korean films are being screened at the festival, details are posted below with links to booking info and the Hangul Celluloid reviews of the films:

'Young Gun in the Time' (2012) will be screened on Friday, June 7th:
http://terracottafestival.com/festival-films/young-gun-in-the-time/
You can read the Hangul Celluloid review of the film at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/youngguninthetime.html

'The Berlin File' (2013) will be screened on Saturday, June 8th with a Q&A with director Ryoo Seung-wan:
http://terracottafestival.com/festival-films/berlin-file/
You can read the Hangul Celluloid review of the film at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/berlinfile.html

I'll also be one of several people involved in a group interview with director Ryoo Seung-wan as part of the Terracotta Far East Film Festival, in the next few days.
As always, the full interview will be transcribed and available in the Interviews section of this website within a couple of days of it taking place.
In the meantime you can read the 2011 Hangul Celluloid interview with director Ryoo at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/ryooseungwaninterview.html

And finally, 'A Werewolf Boy' (2012) will be screened on Sunday, June 9th: 
http://terracottafestival.com/festival-films/werewolf-boy/
You can read the Hangul Celluloid review of the film at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/werewolfboy.html

 



 

'Planet of Snail' released on DVD:

Deeply moving and uplifting documentary 'Planet of Snail' (2011 - Directed by Yi Seung-jun) has now been released on Region 2 DVD (May 27th 2013) and is available to puchase on amazon.co.uk at:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Planet-Snail-DVD-James-Eves/dp/B007XRX8CU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369721168&sr=8-1&keywords=planet+of+snail

I was very fortunate to be given the chance to interview director Yi Seung-jun in 2012 and we talked at length about 'Planet of Snail'.
You can read the full interview at: http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/yiseungjuninterview.html

Finally, the Hangul Celluloid review of 'Planet of Snail' can be found on the site at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/planetofsnail.html




 

 

KCCUK 'I Wish I had a Wife' free screening:

Continuing its Jeon Do-yeon film season in the lead-up to the actress' appearance and Q&A in London in the next couple of months (date TBA), the Korean Cultural Centre UK will be holding a screening of 'I Wish I had a Wife' (나도 아내가 있었으면 좋겠다 - 2000) on Thursday May 30th at the KCCUK in London.
Entry is free but booking in advance is required.
Places for the screening can be booked at:
http://london.korean-culture.org/navigator.do?menuCode=201104050063&action=VIEW&seq=745



 

KCCUK 'Madame Freedom' free screening:

Forming part of the Korean Cultural Centre UK's ongoing 'Women on Screen' series of film screenings (May 9th-Aug 22nd), 'Madame Freedom' (1956) will be screened on Thursday May 23rd at 7pm.
Please note that as the film will be screened in the KCCUK's Digital Archive, only 40 places are available so do book your seat as soon as possible at:

 



 

 

 

First update regarding The 2013 Korean Film Blogathon:

I've received several messages recently enquiring about the 2013 'Korean Film Blogathon':
The Blogathon takes place over a week each year and consists of academics, bloggers, website owners and independent writers creating as much high quality Korean cinema-related content as is humanly possible which is then made available en mass on a number of websites.
The Korean Film Blogathon organisers (including Hangul Celluloid) are currently striving to make this year's event utterly "epic" with the involvement of several prestigious organisations around the world.

As such, the 2013 Korean Film Blogathon is set to take place in September (specific dates TBC) and I hope as many of you as possible will take part.
I'm deeply excited about the prospects for the Blogathon this year, as I'm sure you are.

Finally, the Blogathon Facebook page is available for you to 'like' at https://www.facebook.com/KoreanBlogathon and though it doesn't yet hold information about this year's event, it will do very soon.

 



 

Independent Social Drama Film 'Company 1004' on YouTube and Vimeo:

First-time director Jeehyun Kwon is currently filming a collaborative social drama called ‘Company 1004’ (에스코트 주식회사) in a series of parts and making each available on YouTube and Vimeo.
I feel it’s incredibly important to support and promote new Korean film-makers striving to produce original content in spite of having no industry backing, funding or budget and, as such, I’ve embedded the very first part of ‘Company 1004’ (with English subtitles) here and attached links to each of the media channels where the ongoing production parts can be found.

I also recently asked Jeehyun Kwon to say a few words about the production, its origin and her hopes for it in the future. Her responses have been transcribed following the embedded video below:
I sincerely hope you’ll watch and enjoy ‘Company 1004’ as each of the parts are completed and made available.

 

 

 

http://youtube.com/company1004
http://vimeo.com/company1004
http://www.facebook.com/Company1004

Jeehyun Kwon: “Social network drama 'Company 1004' is the collaborative work of several people whom I met through Instagram (SNS). We had zero funding to make a film however everyone wanted contribute their talent for free to make this production happen and though most of us had no experience in film making it wasn't an easy job to get things done but we enjoyed each and every step of process very much indeed, as well as learning a lot from our mistakes, in the process.
In addition, since most of us have a day job, it wasn't easy to find time to gather all of us together for filming. So, we had to make extra efforts to make time to shoot every weekend. Furthermore, it was the first time that the actors and actresses who starred in 'Company 1004' (apart from the female character with the white cat) had ever acted.
The cast are, in fact, from very different background. The main actor is a research student in robot engineering; the actress who plays 'Inyoung' works for PR company; the actress whose role is 'Haejung' is a college student studying law; etc. The majority of the cast felt very uncomfortable in front of the camera in the early stages of filming and it took a very long time for them to get used it.
We may not be professionals yet, nevertheless, we wanted to create a content that we can enjoy making and share the experience with others, as well as hopefully communicating with many more people. That’s essentially why we choose to post on YouTube and Vimeo rather than entering it into film competitions. Of course it would be great to have ‘Company 1004’ viewed at the film festivals one day. I certainly don't mean to neglect it. What I'm trying to say is that we thought SNS was, and is, a good media to share such contents.
The story is based on the novel 'Escort company' which was also written online first published at a later stage; a few years ago. The writer of the book (whom I only knew on instagram) asked me if I couldn make a film with it last year and I thought... why not. XD Then, we posted on instagram asking if anyone might be interested in joining for a collaboration and we subsequently found the crew there!
The story is about the ordinary life of Dongwoo; who seems to be nothing special. However, never loses his positive character and influences others around him with his happy virus.
I feel that fact is perhaps not revealed in the first ‘episode’ but hopefully it will become clear to audiences as the production progresses.”


 

 

 

Kim Ji-woon's new short film available on YouTube:

Director Kim Ji-woon's new rom-com short film 'One Perfect Day' (사랑의 가위바위보) is now available to stream free on YouTube; complete with English Subtitles. You can find it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQZEliPEnLs&feature=youtu.be

I've also embedded the film below, on this very page, should you want to watch it here:

 

 

You can read the 2010 Hangul Celluloid interview with Director Kim at: http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/kimjiwooninterview.html

 


 

Korean films screening at the 2013 Terracotta Far East Film Festival:

Three Korean films will be screened as part of this year's Terracotta Far East Film Festival (6th-15th June 2013): 'A Werewolf Boy'; 'The Berlin File' and 'Young Gun in the Time'.

Full details can be found (and tickets booked) on the official Terracotta Far East Film Festival site at: http://terracottafestival.com/festival-info/schedule/


 

You can read the Hangul Celluloid review of 'A Werewolf Boy' at: http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/werewolfboy.html





 

KCCUK 'Women on Screen' series of free film screenings:

The Korean Cultural Centre UK will be holding a special screening project from May 9th-Aug 22nd; entitled 'Women on Screen: Understanding Korean Society and Women through Films'. The project will consist of a number of free screenings of films dating as far back as 1936.

 

"Women on Screen: Understanding Korean Society and Women through Films" will allow you to look at the past and present pictures of Korean society. The films that were made from the modern times to the present will allow to peak on the diversity of Korean society. 8 Korean films in this project show a new perspective to Korean within the framework of "Women".

8 films are included in this screening project at the Korean Cultural Centre, including Sweet Dream, 1967, by Lee Man-hee; Yeong-ja's Heydays, 1975, by Kim Ho-sun; Sunddenly in the Dark of Night, 1981, by Go Yeong-nam; Gilsotteum, 1985, by Im Kwon-taek; and Happy End, 1999, by Jung Ji-woo.

Most of the above titles are masterpieces of film directors who represent the history of Korean films.

'Korean Society and Women' was chosen as the theme of this project not only because of the importance of gender issues, but also because the lives of women well illustrate the comprehensive changes in Korea contemporary history, through colonisation, the division of the peninsula, the Korean War, political upheavals, and rapid modernisation.

Certificate: 18

 


Screenings are free but booking in advance is required.
Places for each of the screenings can be booked by emailing: info@kccuk.org.uk

 


 

KCCUK 'My Dear Enemy' free screening:

Continuing its Jeon Do-yeon film season in the lead-up to the actress' appearance and Q&A in London in the next couple of months (date TBA), the Korean Cultural Centre UK will be holding a screening of 'My Dear Enemy' (멋진 하루 - 2008 - Directed by Lee Yoon-ki) on Thursday May 16th at the KCCUK in London.
Entry is free but booking in advance is required.
Places for the screening can be booked at:
http://london.korean-culture.org/navigator.do?menuCode=201104050063&action=VIEW&seq=729

 

You can read the Hangul Celluloid review of 'My Dear Enemy' at: http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/mydearenemy.html



 

'Thought Leaders' Corner' MKC Feature - April 2013:

The 'Modern Korean Cinema' site is currently running a monthly 'Thought Leaders' Corner' feature in which a number of film critics and academics comment on a Korean Cinema-related topic.
I am proud to be one of those asked for their thoughts and you can read the various responses to this month's question (discussing remakes of Korean films) at: http://www.modernkoreancinema.com/2013/05/mkc-thought-leaders-corner-april-2013.html

 



 

'Unfolded' Magazine Issue #13:

'Unfolded' magazine Issue #13 is now available to read online.
The issue includes a Korean Cinema article written by Hangul Celluloid; on pages 124-129:
http://unfoldedmag.com/unfolded/issue13

 

 

 

'Thought Leaders' Corner' MKC Feature - March 2013:

The 'Modern Korean Cinema' site is currently running a monthly 'Thought Leaders' Corner' feature in which a number of film critics and academics comment on a Korean Cinema-related topic.
I am proud to be one of those asked for their thoughts and you can read the various responses to this month's question (discussing current trends in Korean Cinema) at: 
http://www.modernkoreancinema.com/2013/03/mkc-thought-leaders-corner-march-2013.html

 

 

 

Forthcoming Interview with Moon So-ri:

I'm incredibly excited to officially announce that I'll be one of those taking part in a 'round table' interview with actress Moon So-ri towards the end of the first week of April 2013.
As always, the (group) interview will be transcribed in full and available in the 'Interviews' section of this site within a couple of days of it taking place.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

'Unfolded' Magazine - Hangul Celluloid Articles:

All of the Hangul Celluloid articles written for 'Unfolded' magazine since its launch can now be viewed in one place; as well as in the magazine itself.
To access the various articles, essays etc. visit http://www.unfoldedmag.com/writers/paul-quinn or alternatively click the image below:

 

 

The next issue of 'Unfolded' magazine will be available at the end of March and it too will feature a Hangul Celluloid article.


 

KCCUK Screening of 'HaHaHa' and Moon So-ri Q&A:

Seats can now be booked for the Korean Cultural Centre UK screening of 'HaHaHa' (Directed by Hong Sang-soo) and Q&A with actress Moon So-ri, to be held at BAFTA (195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN) on April 4th. 
The screening and Q&A form the first of four actress/actor visits to London in 2013 as part of the KCCUK's 'Year of the Four Actors' series.

Please Note: *Limited Availability. Entry is free but BOOKING is ESSENTIAL 
Seats will be reserved on a first come first served basis. 
Booking for this screening via email and phone only
BOOKING: info@kccuk.org.uk / 020 7004 2600




 

 

Re: Recent Site Access Problems:

As many of you will no doubt be aware, in the last week to ten days there have been a number of occasions where access to www.hangulcelluloid.com has been unavailable.
I spoke (angrily) to the hosting company's Customer Support regarding this issue and was told that a "major server update" had been taking place. I was also been assured that the problem was a temporary issue.
Since access to the site was finally restored, I've had to re-upload the site in its entirety and I've checked through each and every page/review/interview etc. to make sure all is as it should be.

Hopefully, if you are able to read this, all the problems have been fixed, once and for all.

Please accept my apologies for the recent access difficulties and thanks for your patience during the entire nightmare.

Rest assured I'll be keeping a regular eye on everything to ensure your access is not interrupted in the future and if problems do happen to continue I won't hesitate to take steps to move site hosting to another, more reliable company.

 

 

Obituary of Director Park Chul-soo:

 

As most of you will already be aware, director Park Chul-soo (Bed - 2013, Green Chair - 2005) died in a car accident on February 19th 2013. The driver of the other vehicle was found to be under the influence of alcohol.

The Times newspaper in the UK has subsequently printed an obituary of director Park (March 9th 2013). A screencap of the article can be found below:

 

 


Director Park will be sadly missed.
Rest in peace.

I urge you to check out Park Chul-soo's sublime 2005 film 'Green Chair'.
You can read the Hangul Celluloid review of the film at: http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/greenchair.html

 

 

 

KCCUK 'Oasis' free screening:

Continuing its Moon So-ri film season in the lead-up to the actress' appearance and Q&A in London (April 4th), the Korean Cultural Centre UK will be holding a screening of Lee Chang-dong's masterpiece 'Oasis' (오아시스 - 2002) on Thursday March 14th.
Entry is free but booking in advance is required.
Places for the screening can be booked at:
http://london.korean-culture.org/navigator.do?menuCode=201104050063&action=VIEW&seq=692

 

 

You can read the Hangul Celluloid review of 'Oasis' at: http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/oasis.html

 

 

'Oldboy' US & UK Screening Tour:

To coincide with the release of 'Stoker', the seminal 'Oldboy' (올드보이 - 2003 - directed by Park Chan-wook) is currently touring cinemas in the US and UK.
Screening details (courtesy of Palisades Tartan) can be found in the image below:

 

 

To book seats for individual screenings, see the respective cinema websites.

 

 

 

R.I.P. Director Park Chul-soo:

I’m very sad to have to announce that director Park Chul-soo (Bed - 2013, Green Chair - 2005) has died as a result of a car accident. The driver of the other vehicle was found to be under the influence.
Director Park will be sadly missed.
Rest in peace.

 

 

I urge you to check out Park Chul-soo's sublime 2005 film 'Green Chair'.
You can read the Hangul Celluloid review of the film at: http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/greenchair.html

 

 






Korean films screening at the Dublin International Film Festival in February:

Several Korean films (‘Stoker’, ‘Pieta’, ‘Sleepless Night’, ‘King of Pigs’ and ‘Helpless’) will be screening at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival from February 14th - 24th, 2013. Full details and booking information can by found on the festival’s official site:
http://www.jdiff.com/index.php/guide/schedule

 



KCCUK 'Sa-kwa' free screening:

The Korean Cultural Centre UK will be holding a screening of the sublime 'Sa-kwa' (사과 - 2005 - Directed by Kang Yi-kwan and starring Moon So-ri) on Thursday February 28th. Entry is free but booking in advance is required.
Places for the screening can be booked at:
http://www.kccuk.org.uk/navigator.do?menuCode=201104050063&action=VIEW&seq=673



 









Hangul Celluloid featured in 'Asian Correspondent' article:

I recently received an email from a writer for the 'Asian Correspondent' website asking for some of my thoughts and opinions regarding Korean Cinema in 2013, considering the enormous success it achieved in 2012.
I happily complied and the article (entitled 'Will 2013 be a Golden Year for Korea's Silver Screen') has now gone online featuring a couple of my statements.
You can read the entire article at http://asiancorrespondent.com/95835/will-2013-be-a-golden-year-for-koreas-silver-screen/



 

 

 

 

 

The Korean Cultural Centre UK's 'Year of the 4 Actors':

Following on from The Korean Cultural Centre UK's 'Year of the 12 Directors' 2012 series of events, 2013 will be the 'Year of the 4 Actors' and, over the coming months, four well-known Korean actors/actresses will be holding post-screening Q&As in London.
The first of these will be actress Moon So-ri in March, following bi-monthly screenings of six of her most famous films at the KCCUK.


As such, the KCCUK will be holding a free screening of 'The President's Barber' at 7pm on January 17th, 2013.
Entry is free, but booking in advance is required.
Places can be booked by clicking here or, alternatively, click the image below.

 



 

 

 

'Stoker' Preview Screening at the British Film Institute:

The British Film Institute in London will be holding a special preview screening of Park Chan-wook's new gothic psychological thriller, 'Stoker', on February 27th 2013. The screening will take place in NFT1 at 8.45pm.

 

Full details are available on the official BFI website at http://bit.ly/UljIBl


 

Kim Ki-duk 'Arirang'/'Crocodile' DVD Boxset Competition:

Courtesy of Terracotta Distribution, I am proud to announce a competition to win a Kim Ki-duk DVD boxset consisting of  'Arirang' (아리랑 - 2011) and 'Crocodile' (악어 - 1996).
Two winners will be chosen at random (by a third party) from the correct entries on close of competition.

To enter, simply answer the following question:

Q: Which actress who has starred in two of Kim Ki-duk's films was interviewed by Hangul Celluloid earlier this year?

Send your answer to hangulcelluloid@gmail.com by the end of Monday December 10th.
The winners will be notified by return email on Tuesday December 11th and asked for their preferred delivery address.

Please note: The competition is open to everyone in any and all countries. Terracotta Distribution will send out the prizes directly on being informed of the winners' addresses.

You can also check out the Hangul Celluloid reviews of the two films at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/arirangcrocodile.html


The very best of luck to everyone.


 

 

 

'Planet of Snail' Poster Competition:

Courtesy of Dogwoof Films, I am proud to announce a short competition to win a full-size cinema quad poster of the deeply moving and incredibly uplifting 'Planet of Snail' - signed by the film's director, Yi Seung-jun.

To enter, simply answer the following question:

When Soon-ho feels like crying, what does she like to do? Does she...

a) Listen to classical music?

b) Walk in the rain?

c) Ask Young-chan to hold her in his arms?

Send your answer 'a', 'b', or 'c' to hangulcelluloid@gmail.com by Tuesday September 11th.
The winner will be notified by return email on Tuesday 11th and officially announced on Wednesday 12th.

Please note: As Dogwoof is based in the UK, the company has stipulated that the competition winner must be a UK resident, so I have to abide by the company's wishes.

You can check out the image below to see the poster artwork. The very best of luck to everyone.


 

 

 


'Planet of Snail' available to download and stream on iTunes and Dogwoof.TV:

 

 

 




Planet of Snail opened to great reviews when we released it at the ICA earlier this year, and also launched the membership service on Dogwoof.TV, with monthly subscribers able to watch the film from the day of it's cinema release. This stunning documentary film is now available on iTunes , and pay per view on Dogwoof.TV  as well. Find out the realities of being deaf and blind in this stunning film.

Young-Chan has been deaf and blind since childhood. As he puts it himself, “In the beginning there was darkness and silence, and the darkness and silence were with god. And when ‘I’ arrived, they came to me.” Young-Chan has no idea how to participate in the world until he meets Soon-Ho, who also has a physical handicap. He marries her and learns to communicate with the outside world through her. By softly tapping each other’s finger, they can understand one another; it is sometimes as if they are tenderly playing a piano. This documentary follows the couple in the same gentle tempo as Young-Chan moves through his life. We see them replacing a lightbulb together, receiving friends, working on a theater piece, reading a book, and gliding on a sleigh down a mountain. These everyday scenes are accompanied by a poetic voice-over by Young-Chan, in which he reflects on his existence without sight and hearing. He feels like an astronaut, but that doesn’t mean he is without a sense of beauty in the world. This becomes palpable when Young-Chan touches the bark of a tree, runs his hand through sand, or brushes raindrops on a window pane with his fingertips.

Stream the film now on Dogwoof.TV for £2.99

Download the Film from iTunes for £9.99 (£13.99 HD)

Stream the film from iTunes £3.49 (£4.49 HD)

Find out more about the film and read some of the glowing reviews on the film's website

http://dogwoof.com/blog/post/planet_of_snail_on_itunes_and_dogwoof.tv/8695

 


KOFFIA 2012 - Korean Film Festival in Australia:

 

 

 




The 3rd Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) kicks off in Sydney on August 22nd, Melbourne on September 8th and Brisbane on September 27th. Full screening details and links to the official KOFFIA2012 website can be found below:

Sydney Screening Schedule (22nd to 28th August)


DATE

TIME

SESSION INFO

VENUE

22 August (WED)

6:00PM

Opening reception with drinks

Dendy Opera Quays

6:30PM

War of the Arrows with Opening Ceremony

Dendy Opera Quays

9:15PM

In Another Country

Dendy Opera Quays

23 August (THUR)

10:30AM

Leafie: A Hen Into the Wild + Cultural Activities (Schools Session)

Dendy Opera Quays

2:00PM

Through Korean Cinema + Metamorphoses (Free Entry)

Korean Cultural Office

6:15PM

Spring Summer Autumn Winter .. and Spring + Korean Modern Classics Forum

Dendy Opera Quays

8:45PM

The Taste of Money

Dendy Opera Quays

24 August (FRI)

10:00AM

Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow

Dendy Opera Quays

2:00PM

International Short Film Showcase Session A (Free Entry)

Korean Cultural Office

6:15PM

The Reason Why I Step

Dendy Opera Quays

Cult Doubleheader

8:00PM

The King of Pigs + Guest Intro

Dendy Opera Quays

Cult Doubleheader

10:00PM

Oldboy + Gangster Dressup Contest

Dendy Opera Quays

25 August (SAT)

12:00PM

KOFFIA Short Film Competition + Lost in the Mountains

Dendy Opera Quays

2:15PM

Bleak Night

Dendy Opera Quays

4:30PM

Arirang

Dendy Opera Quays

7:00PM

Christmas in August + KOFFIA Christmas Reception

Dendy Opera Quays

9:00PM

All About My Wife

Dendy Opera Quays

26 August (SUN)

2:15PM

Late Blossom

Dendy Opera Quays

4:30PM

Scandal Makers with Q&A

Dendy Opera Quays

7:00PM

The Day He Arrives

Dendy Opera Quays

8:45PM

Silenced

Dendy Opera Quays

27 August (MON)

10:00AM

The Client

Dendy Opera Quays

2:00PM

International Short Film Showcase Session B (Free Entry)

Korean Cultural Office

6:15PM

Leafie: A Hen Into the Wild + Mother Tongue + Korean Animation Today Forum

Dendy Opera Quays

8:30PM

The Frontline

Dendy Opera Quays

28 August (TUES)

10:00AM

Late Blossom

Dendy Opera Quays

6:15PM

The Client

Dendy Opera Quays

8:30PM

Sunny with Closing Reception + Q&A

Dendy Opera Quays

Melbourne Screening Schedule (8th to 12th September)


DATE

TIME

SESSION INFO

VENUE

8 September (SAT)

3:30PM

Opening Reception with Drinks

ACMI Cinemas

4:00PM

Sunny with Opening Ceremony

ACMI Cinemas

6:45PM

The King of Pigs

ACMI Cinemas

9:00PM

Oldboy + Korean Cult Cinema Forum

ACMI Cinemas

9 September (SUN)

1:30PM

Bleak Night

ACMI Cinemas

4:00PM

Christmas in August + Korean Modern Classics Forum

ACMI Cinemas

6:30PM

All About My Wife

ACMI Cinemas

9:00PM

Silenced

ACMI Cinemas

10 September (MON)

10:15AM

Leafie: A Hen Into the Wild + Cultural Activities (Schools Session)

ACMI Cinemas

6:00PM

The Reason Why I Step

ACMI Cinemas

6:30PM

Leafie: A Hen Into the Wild + Korean Animation Today Forum

ACMI Cinemas

9:00PM

The Frontline

ACMI Cinemas

11 September (TUE)

6:00PM

Late Blossom

ACMI Cinemas

6:30PM

Spring Summer Autumn Winter .. and Spring

ACMI Cinemas

9:00PM

War of the Arrows

ACMI Cinemas

12 September (WED)

6:00PM

The Client

ACMI Cinemas

8:45PM

The Day He Arrives with Closing Ceremony

ACMI Cinemas

Brisbane Screening Schedule (27th to 30th September)


DATE

TIME

SESSION INFO

VENUE

27 September (THU)

6:00PM

Opening Reception with Drinks

Tribal Theatre

6:30PM

War of the Arrows with Opening Ceremony + Korean Cinema Today Forum

Tribal Theatre

28 September (FRI)

6:30PM

Scandal Makers with Q&A

Tribal Theatre

8:45PM

Oldboy + Gangster Dressup Contest

Tribal Theatre

29 September (SAT)

1:30PM

Late Blossom

Tribal Theatre

4:00PM

Christmas in August + Korean Cinema Downunder Forum

Tribal Theatre

6:30PM

The Client

Tribal Theatre

30 September (SUN)

1:30PM

Leafie: A Hen Into the Wild

Tribal Theatre

4:00PM

Spring Summer Autumn Winter .. and Spring

Tribal Theatre

6:30PM

The Frontline with Chuseok Closing Reception

Tribal Theatre


Visit the official site at http://koffia.com.au/ for further details and booking information.


 

 



BIFF Press Submissions - Open:

 

 

 

 

Apllications for complementary Press Badges/Passes to the Busan International Film Festival 2012 (BIFF) can now be made, both by Korean residents and International press.

Links to the relevant application submission forms can be found at:

http://www.biff.kr/artyboard/Mboard.asp?Action=View&strBoardID=9611_05&intSeq=20797

and for International applications:












The Korean Film Archive launches a free YouTube channel:

 













The Korean Film Archive (KOFA) has begun to upload a number of classic Korean films, dating from as far back as 1940s, to its YouTube channel. 

The channel officially went live on the 10th May. 
This is a long-awaited opportunity to see some incredibly important films that until now have been virtually impossible to find.
All the films are accompanied by English subtitles. 
A wonderful resource... Enjoy... 

The YouTube channel can be found at:
http://www.youtube.com/user/KoreanFilm







Kim Ki-duk films screening at the ICA (London) in June:


 












To celebrate the forthcoming UK release of 'Arirang' (Directed by Kim Ki-duk) by Terracotta Distribution, the ICA in London will be screening 'Arirang' (obviously), '3-Iron' and 'Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring' during June.
Full details are as follows:

'Arirang': 8th - 14th June http://www.ica.org.uk/?lid=33185

'3 Iron': 15th - 17th June http://www.ica.org.uk/?lid=33192

'Spring, Summer...' 22nd - 26th June http://www.ica.org.uk/?lid=33197

You can read the Hangul Celluloid review of 'Arirang' at http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/arirang.html







Naff/PiFan 'Fantastic Film School' open for submissions:


 













A dear friend in Korea has asked me to let you all know about the 'Fantastic Film School' (with which she is involved) that will form part of the 2012 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. 
The event is now open for submissions/applicants (deadline is May 27th):


"Fantastic Film School (FFS), a professional training program for genre film professionals at Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) and presented by Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), now seeks emerging filmmakers for FFS 2012 taking submissions beginning April 16th, 2012.

For its 1st edition, expert action choreographers from Korea, Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong offered know-how’s from their own respective backgrounds, while the 2nd year presented an in-depth, ‘sci-fi story workshop’ by one of the best American sci-fi fiction writer Ted Chiang. In 2010, ‘Swiss Design in Hollywood,’ an exhibition and master class program organized by renowned film historian Patrick J. Gyger and featuring in-depth class on Hero Painting Process used in movies and game production by an acclaimed art director and conceptual artist Christian L. Scheurer thrilled the participants with their wizardry and style. Moreover, ‘Asian Producers' Lab’ in 2011 focused on new media, transmedia, micro-budget filmmaking and alternative distribution in attempts to keep up with the rapid changes in current filmmaking trend, expanded its border to promising young film professionals from all over Asia.
This year’s FFS will be led by contents experts in animation, film and new media, providing current industry issues on OSMU(One Source Multi Use).
"


An application form and further details of the 'Fantastic Film School' can be found via the attached link: 
http://naff.pifan.com/eng/05_news/01_view.asp?pk_seq=55072&sc_board_seq=16&sc_num=10&actEvent=view&page=1&




Korean Cultural Centre UK 'Year of the 12 Directors' - May:

 

 

 

 

 

Each month, the Korean Cultural Centre UK's 2012 'Korean Film Night' hosts a number of screenings by a specific director culminating in a special film screening at the Apollo cinema, Picadilly, followed by a Q&A with the film's director himself.
In May, the chosen director Jeon Kye-soo.

'The Korean Film Night: Year of the 12 Directors' opens the door to a world of Korean film.

Throughout 2012, the Korean Film Night will dedicate each month to a Korean director, screening 4 of their films (Director Im Kwon-taek’s retrospective will include 15 of his films), adding up to a total of 59 films. The final week of each month will culminate in a special screening of one of the directors’ films in a cinema in London’s city centre, providing an opportunity to maximise audience involvement and participation.

May Screenings:

May: Jeon Kye-soo

10th: Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theatre - Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK (Entry is free but booking in advance is required)
(You can read the Hangul Celluloid review of 'Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theatre' at: http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/ghosttheatre.html)

24th: You and Me (short film) + Lost and Found - Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK (Entry is free but booking in advance is required)

31st: Love Fiction (special screening and director Q&A) - Venue: Apollo cinema, Picadilly, London (Tickets £10/£8concessions)

KCC booking: www.kccuk.org.uk / 020 7004 2600
Apollo Booking: www.apollocinemas.com / 0871 220 6000


The Director


Director Jeon Kye-soo, a philosophy graduate with a passion for musicals, made his directorial debut with the musical ‘Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theatre’ in 2006, a film which saw him win the ‘Baeksang Award for Best New Director’.  Since then, his films have explored a myriad of genres from drama to romance and even comedy. Director Jeon is quite unique within Korean cinema as he doesn’t come from a film background, however his natural talent combined with a keen eye for drama have helped him to create some wonderful movies, each defined by a unique and individual style. 
His first screening as part of the ‘Year of the 12 Directors’ programme will be the aforementioned ‘Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theatre' which has been described as a tongue-in-cheek, comedy musical horror. Jeon’s strong connections to the theatre and its traditions are evident throughout, namely with the use of fixed camera angles and a reduced cast.
All of which combine to create a viewing experience that is truly a treat for the senses.



 


 

'Remember O Goddess' (directed by Yoon Jung Lee) update:

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

'Remember O Goddess' now has a new official website.
As many of you will be aware, the film secured the required $30,000 funding through the Kickstarter project and will therefore be made into a feature-length film.

Any of you who missed the deadline for pledging on Kickstarter can still back the film at the new site and you can watch the 25min short version of 'Remember O Goddess' there as well.

The official website for 'Remember O Goddess' can now be found at: http://www.rememberogoddess.com/

My warmest congratulations to director Yoon-jung Lee for succeeding in getting the required backing for her film and my sincere thanks (this film means a great deal to me) to every single person who has backed 'Remember O Goddess', or will do so in the near future.

If any of you want to read my thoughts on 'Remember O Goddess', the Hangul Celluloid review is available at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/rememberogoddess.html

Finally, my recent interview with director Yoon Jung Lee can be found at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/yoonjungleeinterview.html





'Remember O Goddess' (directed by Lee Yoon Jung) funding update:

At the time of writing this update, 'Remember O Goddess' has received backing pledges to the value of $26,016 (86.7% of the required $30,000) from 204 backers in total, with 6 days still available to pledge.
This really is an incredible opportunity for Korean film fans to be part of the driving force behind the feature-length version of this wonderful film being made. If any of you are still unsure about whether or not to back the project, you can pledge any amount you wish, from as little as $1 (and from any country), so you really have nothing to lose.

Links to the 'Remember O Goddess' Kickstarter fundraising project can be found below, along with more details about the film and a link to watch the 25min version online, and if any of you want to read my thoughts on 'Remember O Goddess', the Hangul Celluloid review can be found at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/rememberogoddess.html

Finally, my recent interview with Yoon Jung Lee, the director of 'Remember O Goddess', can be found at:
http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/yoonjungleeinterview.html

NB: This is an "all or nothing" project (if the $30,000 goal isn't achieved by the May 10th deadline, all pledges will be cancelled and no funding will be given), so every single dollar pledged is vitally important.

 

'Remember O Goddess' (directed by Yoon Jung Lee) seeks funding for completion:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Hangul Celluloid has been contacted by film director Yoon Jung Lee and asked to help promote her efforts to get funding/backing to complete her feature film 'Remember O Goddess' via the Kickstarter project - a funding platform for creative projects.
Pledges can be made, and further details found at:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/21269065/remember-o-goddess-film-noir-adventure-and-love 

'Remember O Goddess' Synopsis:
In the middle of the night, a man reports the disappearance of himself to the police office. He has lost his memory. He can only remember from the moment he found himself left alone in an apartment. He tries to find any clue as to who he might be, but nothing comes out. When he plucks up the courage to go out, he meets a girl at a convenience store, who he thinks might know him. Instantly she becomes his only hope and joy, but when he returns, she has disappeared. Then his quest to find someone who remembers him becomes greater than his need for his own memories. Will he be able to reconnect with a lost love?
 


The first 25 minutes of the film have already been completed as a short film and screened in both Korea and the US. You can watch it for free on the official website at: http://rememberogoddess.squarespace.com/movie

I'm also really pleased to say that I recently interviewed Yoon Jung Lee, both about 'Remember O Goddess' and her previous work as script supervisor for 'The Good, The Bad, The Weird' (directed by Kim Ji-woon) and 'My Sweet Yet Brutal Sweetheart' (directed by Son Jae-gon). The interview can be found at: http://www.hangulcelluloid.com/yoonjungleeinterview.html

Finally, a few words about the project from Yoon Jung Lee herself:

"We are raising $30,000 for shooting and post-production of our feature film project, REMEMBER O GODDESS, filming later this summer. We have finished the first 25 minutes of the film and hope that we will be able to raise the funds for the rest of the film. The short version has been shown in several film festivals in the US and Korea. Luckily we have received great feedback. Now it is available for viewing online, so please check out the link below. If you want to find out how the movie ends, please kick us to restart the project."





Korean Cultural Centre UK 'Year of the 12 Directors' - April:

 

 

 

 

 

Each month, the Korean Cultural Centre UK's 2012 'Korean Film Night' hosts a special film screening at the Apollo cinema, Picadilly, followed by a Q&A with the film's director.
In April, the chosen director is Song Il-gon.

'The Korean Film Night: Year of the 12 Directors' opens the door to a world of Korean film.

Throughout 2012, the Korean Film Night will dedicate each month to a Korean director, screening 4 of their films (Director Im Kwon-taek’s retrospective will include 15 of his films), adding up to a total of 59 films. The final week of each month will culminate in a special screening of one of the directors’ films in a cinema in London’s city centre, providing an opportunity to maximise audience involvement and participation.

April Screenings:

Apr: Song Il-gon

5th:   Flower Island - Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK (Entry is free but booking in advance is required)
12th: Feathers in the Wind - Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK (Entry is free but booking in advance is required)
19th: Dance of Time - Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK (Entry is free but booking in advance is required)
26th: Always (special screening and director Q&A) - Venue: Apollo cinema, Picadilly, London (Tickets £10/£8concessions)

KCC booking: www.kccuk.org.uk / 020 7004 2600
Apollo Booking: www.apollocinemas.com / 0871 220 6000


The Director


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. 

Song’s style and technical brilliance is often praised on the Festival circuit along with his ability to create films in the European art-house tradition. However his particular style has also made it harder for him to completely crack the important domestic market. For this reason Song has become something of a known unknown in cinematic circles. However Song’s films are always wonderfully and stylishly made, as Russell Edwards wrote, ‘his craft is undeniable’. It is only in recent years that Song’s works have begun to be accepted by mainstream Korea, in a sense it is only now that the public has caught up with Song. His early films left all that was possible open to interpretation, and when combined with Song’s defining use of nocturnal images we have a body of work that is quite divisive. The same however cannot be said of Song himself, time and time again he has shown himself to be the most inclusive of Directors, capable of directing numerous actors and actresses across a range of genres no matter how subtle or challenging.



 

 

 

 

2012 Terracotta Far East Film Festival:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The 4th annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival is set to run April 12th -15th and will once again be hosted by Prince Charles Cinema in the heart of London’s Chinatown.

With a stunning line-up of films hand-picked from the best of the region, encompassing diverse genres from comedy to drama to horror and everything in between, the festival will continue to hold exclusive Q&As, masterclasses and fabulous parties.

Each year the festival strives to improve on last year and to discover new talent: last year, the programme included a little known indie-comedy from China, Red Light Revolution, which ended winning the festival Audience Award.

This year, there will be a focus on Taiwan, given the strength of output in recent years. Most cineastes will be familiar with the works of Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Ang Lee already and Terracotta Festival are delighted to host the UK Premiere for Seediq Bale by an emerging director Wei Te-sheng (Cape No. 7). Rising star Da Ching, lead actor of the film, will be attending the festival and the Official Party on the Saturday night will be Taiwanese themed.

As with every edition, the programme is balanced with the major film producing territories and main genres and this year, a new concept of ‘themes’ illustrates the diversity: the ‘Discovery’ theme groups together the first film made in Burma under the censors' radar, Return to Burma, with a film about one man’s cycle journey from Yunnan to Lhasa, One Mile Above – all are fascinating destinations less visited by the average tourist.

This year also sees the introduction of two new strands: a TERROR COTTA Horror Night Triple Bill (Friday 13th April) to replace the single late night horror film slot which has proved popular. In association with Fright Fest, Terracotta Festival will show a classic horror (The Grudge) to whet the appetite and two brand new horrors (Zombie 108 and anime Gyo) with a film quiz and costume competition.

The second new strand is the ‘Breakfast Club’ on Sunday morning which will be launched with a double bill of exclusive Korean comedies and delicious Kimbap as a perfect antidote to our Official Party the night before.

Aiming to represent the diversity of Korean cinema, the line-up wouldn’t be complete without the return of arthouse master Kim Ki-duk and the most expensive Korean epic war ever made: My Way which will open the festival.

Fans of Japanese cinema will be able to enjoy an eclectic mixture of genres from controversial director Toshiaki Toyoda (Monsters Club) to quirky comedy drama featuring renowned actor Koji Yakusho (The Woodsman and the Rain) and the legendary animated works of Studio Ghibli.

Prolific actor Denden, well-known in the UK for his performance in Cold Fish, will be attending our closing ceremony of Himizu, new film by maverick director Sion Sono.

What clearly comes out of the line-up this year is the further increase in cross-border collaborations and a perfect example is the black comedy Inseparable that sees Kevin Spacey as the first Hollywood star to appear in an all-China financed production.

Terracotta Festival is above all an event to socialise and a platform for Asian culture at all levels; for this purpose the organisers are taking the festival beyond the cinema with a new FOOD PASSgiving access to a number of restaurants in Chinatown. There will be other related events such as photo exhibitions and competitions announced on social network sites.

Joey Leung, festival director says: “New look, same ethos. We worked with our creative agency, What is Bobo, to roll-out the re-brand of the festival with their ‘pixels’ concept. This lends maturity and longevity to our festival positioning, fitting now that we have passed the infancy of our festival and into our fourth edition.”

Terracotta Far East Film Festival Programme:

12th April

My Way Opening Film [Kang Je-kyu I South Korea 2011 I UK premiere]

A Korean man and a Japanese man meet as enemies, but become each other’s hope. Based on the true event of a Korean discovered among the bodies on D-Day and portrays WWII from an East Asian point of view

 

13th April

One Mile Above [Du Jiayi I China 2011 I UK premiere]

Based on a true story, a man fulfils his dead brother’s ambition and embarks on a cycle journey fromYunnan to Lhasa.

 

13th April

Return to Burma [Midi Z I Taiwan I Burma 2011 I UK premiere]

The first film shot in Burma under the censors' radar to give the audience a rare insider's perspective into ordinary life in this fascinating and topical country.

 

13th April

UFO in Her Eyes [Guo Xiaolu I China 2011 I UK premiere]

Comedy about a communist village transformed into a capitalist theme park in rural China.

Q&A and Masterclass with Director Guo Xiaolu

 

13th April

From Up On Poppy Hill [Goro Miyazaki I Japan 2011 I UK premiere]

A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Anime directed by the son of Hayao Miyazaki.

 

13th April: Terror Cotta Horror Movie Marathon Night in association with Fright Fest

  • Gyo [Takayuki Hirao | Japan 2012 International premiere]
  • The Grudge [Takashi Shimizu | Japan 2002]
  • Zombie 108 [Joe Chien | Taiwan 2012 | UK premiere]

 

14th April

Arirang [Kim Ki-duk I South Korea 2011 I UK premiere]

Kim Ki Duk’s long anticipated documentary about his self-imposed exile and solitude.

Winner of ‘Un Certain Regard’ Award at Cannes Festival 2011.

 

14th April

The Woodsman and the Rain [Shuichi Okita I Japan 2011 I European premiere]

An inspiring and often comical portrait of two men’s unusual collaboration when a film crew arrives to shoot a zombie movie in a small village in the mountains

 

14th April

Monsters Club [Toshiaki Toyoda I Japan 2011 I UK premiere]

A man abandons modern civilization and lives in a secluded cabin on a snowy mountain, sending mail bombs to corporate CEOs.

Q&A and Masterclass with Director Toshiaki Toyoda

 

14th April

Seediq Bale [Wei Te-Sheng I Taiwan 2011 I UK premiere]

Action saga produced by John Woo, tells the true story of Taiwan's aboriginal Seediq tribes who were almost wiped out by Japanese colonisers in the 1930s.

Q&A and Masterclass with lead actor Da Ching

 

15th April

Korean Breakfast Double Bill

Couples [Jeong Yong-ji I South Korea 2011 I International premiere]

cross between rom-com and caper movie with overlapping stories and multiple deceptions.

 

Dancing Queen [Lee Seok-hoon, South Korea 2012, European premiere]

A comedy about a middle-aged married couple who each pursue their lost dreams.

 

15th April

Inseparable [Dayyan Eng, China 2011, European premiere]

Indie black comedy in modern day China about the unlikeliest friendship of two characters played byHollywood star Kevin Spacey and Daniel Wu.

 

15th April

Himizu closing Film [Sion Sono I Japan 2011 I UK premiere]

The powerful story of two teenagers’ struggle to live in a dystopian future Japan destroyed by natural disasters

Q&A with actor DenDen

 

Venue: Prince Charles Cinema

7 Leicester Place

London WC2H 7BY

 

Tickets

£8.00

£7.00 (concessions)

£6.50 (PCC Members)

Festival Pass £60 (No concessions, excludes Terror Cotta Horror Night)

Terror-Cotta Horror Triple Bill £18 (£17.50 PCC Members)

Box Office: Tel: +44 (0)20 7494 3654 () ‎

 

For more information, visit the festival’s website at: www.terracottafestival.com

 


 

Korean Cultural Centre UK 'Year of the 12 Directors' - March:

Each month, the Korean Cultural Centre UK's 2012 'Korean Film Night' hosts a special film screening at the Apollo cinema, Picadilly, followed by a Q&A with the film's director.
In March, the chosen director is Park Kwang-su.

On 29th March 2012, 6:30pm at Apollo Piccadilly, director Park will attend a screening of his 2007 film 'Meet Mr. Daddy', as well as a Q&A with the audience (hosted by Dr. Mark Morris) after the screening.

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

About the film:
Meet Mr. Daddy (2007 Drama): 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 disease.



Tickets for the Gala Screening of 'Meet Mr. Daddy' and Q&A: Apollo Cinema, Picadilly, London (£10/£8 Cons.) can be booked at: www.apollocinemas.com



 

‘The Korean Film Night: Year of the 12 Directors’ opens the door to a world of Korean film.

Throughout 2012, the Korean Film Night will dedicate each month to a Korean director, screening 4 of their films (Director Im Kwon-taek’s retrospective will include 15 of his films), adding up to a total of 59 films. The final week of each month will culminate in a special screening of one of the directors’ films in a cinema in London’s city centre, providing an opportunity to maximise audience involvement and participation.

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

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




 

 



 

 

 


The 2nd Annual East Winds Film Festival at Coventry University March 2nd-4th

Third Window Films (http://www.thirdwindowfilms.com) in association with CUEAFS (http://www.cueafs.com) and Coventry University will be hosting their annual East Winds Film Festival on the weekend of March 2nd-4th, 2012.

East Winds Film Festival was created with the purpose of bringing East Asian cinema to a University campus under the premise that the film festival is predominantly run by and for students, therefore making it one of its kind in the UK. The festival, despite only being in its 2nd year has drawn large international attention due to the way it operates, and this year sees Nissan sponsor the event as well as welcoming many world renowned film-makers and actors in attendance.

This year's lineup of films includes a retrospective of Japanese film-maker Satoshi Miki who will attend along with his regular actress Fuse Eri.

There will also be a double-bill of feature films from legendary Hong Kong director Herman Yau, who will also be in attendance.

Other screenings include the European Premier of Taiwan/China co-production 'Starry Starry Night' with a Q&A from director Tom Lin as well as screenings of Yuya Ishii's follow-up to 'Sawako Decides' with 'Mitsuko Delivers'; the South Korean blockbuster smash 'The Yellow Sea' and the European Premier of the acclaimed short-film 'BloodTraffick' starring rising star Grace Huang.




More information at http://www.eastwindsfilm.com

 


2012: Year of the 12 Directors at the KCCUK

KOREAN FILM NIGHT


At the Korean Cultural Centre UK

The KCCUK Film night is being extended to four screenings per month in 2012, with special monthly Q&A screenings featuring some of Korea's leading directors.

The KCCUK kicks this special year off by focusing on director Lee Myung-se, with four screenings of his work culminating in a Q&A with the director himself.
Details are as follows:

January


Director: Lee Myung-se

Venue:
The Korean Cultural Centre UK Ground Floor, Grand Buildings 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW

RSVP:
Booking is required, please visit the Film Night page of the KCCUK website and click the booking button of the film you wish to RSVP for. Admission is free.


The Films


January 5th

Nowhere To Hide

A known drug boss is murdered in broad daylight but there are no witnesses and no leads. Detective Woo from the homicide squad is assigned to the case and along with his men they set about finding the killer. Woo is unrelenting in his quest and eventually discovers that the murderer is the infamous drug lord Chang Sunmin.

January 12th

M

A young writer can't write a word for his next novel, he also doesn't feel right with his fiancée; because he falls in love with a woman, but he can't remember who she is and can't figure out if she's real or just a dream.

January 19th

Gagman

A third rate comedian aspires to become a film director and a barber who aspires to become an actor team up to make their first movie.

January 26th

Duelist + Q&A w/ Lee Myung-se

In the late Chosun dynasty, counterfeits were circulating around. Detective Ahn of Left Security Station and a passionate newcomer, Nam-sun try to trace the source of the counterfeiting. They chase the Secretary of National Security and his man ‘Sad Eye’ as suspects. A predestined battle between the best woman detective in Chosun, Nam-sun, and a mysterious assassin ‘Sad Eye’ is unfolded. A magnificent, chivalric film that showcases Lee’s style.


The Director


Lee Myung-se has become one of the most critically and commercial successful filmmakers to come out of Korean with Nowhere to Hide being one of the the first in the new Korean film wave back in 1999. Born in 1957 he graduated from Seoul Institute of the Arts soon releasing his debut film in 1988, Gagman, which brought a fresh breeze to the Korean film industry. LEE Myung-Se is acclaimed as a stylist representative of Korea who has established a unique world of his own. Lee began his career as an assistant producer under Bae Chang-ho for the films Hwang Jin-I (1986), Our Sweet Days of Youth (1988), and Dream(1990). At the 1991 Asia-Pacific Film Festival, he was awarded Best New Director for the film, My Love My Bride, and in 1993 won the Special Jury Award for First Love.

Other film credits include Nowhere to Hide (1999) and Duelist (2005). Many of his films feature a tragically flawed protagonist. Lee also favors slow-motion fighting sequences. The thing he considers most important in making a film is finding “cinematic expression.” To him, ‘cinematic’ means something ‘only of movies’ that cannot be replaced by any other form of media.


Please be advised that visitors cannot be admitted after 7.10pm.

For more information and to book seats for screenings, visit: