Is your knowledge of Korea limited to an awareness of political disquiet and pan-asian noodles? Do you think that Asian cinema is confined to hilariously dubbed martial arts and suggestive anime?
If this is the case allow The London Korean Film Festival to blow your mind. This year’s festival will run from 3 to 17 November and is set to include an array of films from short to feature length. The Opening Night Gala includes the European premiere of Arrow, the Ultimate Weapon followed by a Q&A with director Kim Han-min.
…not to be missed is the pioneering Paranmanjang…
Another European premiere is the thriller Poongsan written by the legendary Kim Ki-duk and directed by his protegé Juhn Jai-hong (his debut in the director’s chair and one to watch) and also not to be missed is the pioneering Paranmanjang (Night Fishing), which is shot entirely on a mobile phone and won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, so it’s definitely one to see.
Even if film isn’t your thing, for music lovers there is a special K-Pop concert as a prelude on the opening night. This genre is gaining in popularity in the US so get your finger on the pulse.
The Closing Night will include the UK premiere of The Unjust.
The Closing Night on 17 November is set to be a great finale and will include a Ryoo Seung-wan retrospective to accompany the UK premiere of his new film The Unjust.
So whether you’re a film fanatic, music enthusiast or simply need a bit more Korea in your life, head on down – this is one not to be missed.
All programme details are now available on their website.
Image courtesy of the LKFF