The London Korean Film Festival 2012

Details have just been released of this year’s London Korean Film Festival. A great line-up includes the record-breaking The Thieves which opens the festival in London and Masquerade, which brings the festival to a close. I am saying London, because there are also screenings in Bristol and Bournemouth. Details are available at the London Korean Film Festival Home Page including information on the venues and how to book tickets:

The 2012 London Korean Film Festival

Paul Quinn of Hanguel Celluloid has put together a helpful guide to the films showing which I used when putting this blog post together.

The LKFF 2012 Programm

 

FRIDAY 1ST NOVEMBER – OPENING GALA

The Thieves/도둑들 (Choi Dong-Hun: 2012) +Q&A; Dir. Choi Dong-Hun & Actor Kim Yoon-suk

Genre: heist drama/action/crime

Time: 7:00pm (135 mins)

Venue: Odeon West End

 

FRIDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2012

Pace Maker/페이스메이커 (Kim Dal-joong: 2012)

Genre: sports

Time: 6.45pm (124 mins)

Venue: ICA

The Thieves + Q&A Dir. Choi Dong-hoon & Actor Kim Yoon-suk (as 2nd November

Time: 6:45 pm

Venue: Odeon Kingston

 The Big Swindle/ 범죄의 재구성(Choi Dong-hoon 2004)

Genre: crime/mystery/thriller

Time: 7:00 pm (116 mins)

Venue: KCCUK

The Weight/무게 (Jeon Kyu-hwan: 2012)

Genre: queer/fantasy

Time: 9:15 pm (102 mins)

Venue:  ICA


SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2012

Katuri: A Story of a Mother Bird /엄마 까투리(Jung Gil-hoon 2012)

Genre: animation/short

Time: 3:30 pm (28 mins)

Venue: ICA

Woochi: The Taoist Wizard/전우치 (Choi Dong-hoo: 2009) + Q&A: Dir. Choi Dong-hoon

Genre: action/fantasy/comedy

Time: 4:30pm (136 mins)

Venue:  KCCUK

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Padak/파닥파닥 (Lee Dae-hee 2012)

Genre: animation

Time: 6.30pm (78 mins)

Venue: ICA

The King of Pigs /돼지의 왕  (Yean Sang-ho 2011)

Genre: animation

Time: 8.30pm (97 mins)

Venue: ICA

SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2012

Dancing Queen/ 댄싱퀸(Lee Seok-hoon 2012)

Genre: musical/drama/comedy

Time: 12:30 pm (124 mins)

Venue: ICA

Running Turtle/거북이 달린다 (Lee Yeon-woo 2009)+ Q&A: Actor Kim Yoon-suk

Genre: Crime/action/comedy

Time: 2:30pm (117 mins)

Venue: KCCUK

Mr Idol/Mr. 아이돌 (Ra Hee-chan 2011)

Genre: musical/drama/comedy

Time: 5:35pm (114 mins)

Venue: KCCUK

Tazza – The High Rollers/타짜) (Choi Dong-hoon 2006)

Genre: comedy/crime/thriller

Time: 7.30pm (139 mins)

Venue: Odeon PS

Mise en Scene – Selection 1 (five shorts)

Time: 8.00pm (132 mins)

Venue: ICA

MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2012

Papa /파파 (Han Ji-seung 2012)

Genre: music/comedy/drama

Time: 6:30pm (118 mins)

Venue: Odeon Paton Street

Black Eagle aka R2B: Return to Base/R2B: 리턴투베이스 (Kim Dong-weon, 2012)

Genre: aerial action drama

Time: 8:45pm (113 mins)

Venue: Odeon PS

TUESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2012

A Muse/은교 (Jeong Ji-woo)+ Q&A with Director Jeong Ji-woo

Genre: melodrama/romance

Time: 7.00pm (129 mins – film)

Venue: ICA

Dangerously Excited/ 나는 공무원이다 (Koo Ja-hong 2012)

Genre: comedy/drama

Time: 8:45pm (101 mins)

Venue: Odeon PS

WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2012

Gabi/ 가비 (Jang Yoon-hyeon 2012)

Genre: historical mystery

Time: 6:30pm (115 mins)

Venue:  Odeon PS

I am /아이엠(Choi Jin-seong 2012)

Genre: K-pop documentary

Time: 8.10pm (116 mins)

Venue: ICA

All about my wife/ 내 아내의 모든 것 (Min Kyu-dong 2012)

Genre: romantic ocomedy

Time: 8:45pm (121 mins)

Venue: Odeon PS

THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2012

 The Ugly Duckling /미운 오리 새끼 (Kwak Kyung-taek 2012)

Genre: military drama

Time: 5:45pm (96 mins)

Venue: ICA

The Grand Heist/바람과 함께 사라지다 (Kim Joo-ho 2012)

Genre: period heist drama, comedy

Time: 6:40pm (121 mins)

Venue: Odeon PS

Deranged/연가시 (Park Jun-woo 2012)

Genre: Science Fiction/Horror

Time: 8;45pm (109 mins)

Venue: Odeon PS

FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2012

White Night / 백야 (Lee Song-hee-il 2012)

Genre: melodrama/romance/queer

Time: 6:00pm (78 mins)

Venue: ICA

I am the King/나는 왕이로소이다 (Jang Kyu-sung 2012)

Genre: period comedy drama

Time: 7:00pm (120 mins)

Venue:  Odeon PS

 Korean Cinema Forum

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: KCCUK

As One, Korea /코리아 (Moon Hyeong-seong 2012)

Genre: sports

Time: 8:45pm (127 mins)

Venue: Odeon PS

SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2012

Mise en Scene 2 (four shorts)

Time: 3:35pm (120 mins)

Venue: Odeon PS

Closing Gala: Masquerade/ 광해, 왕이 된 남자 (Choo Chang-min: 2012) + Q&A with Dir Choo Chang-min & actor Lee Byung-hun

Genre: historical drama

Time: 7.00pm (131 mins)

Venue: Odeon West End

SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2012

A Barefoot Dream/맨발의 꿈 (Kim Tae-gyoon 2010)

Genre: sports

Time: 1:30pm (121 mins)

Venue: Odeon PS

Acoustic /어쿠스틱 (Yoo Sang-hun 2010)

Genre: music drama

Time: 4:15 (88 mins)

Venue: ICA

Sleepless Night/잠 못 드는 밤   (Jang Kun-hae 2012)

Genre: drama

Time:  6:30pm (65 mins)

Venue: ICA

Spring Snow/봄, 눈 (Kim Tae-gyoon 2012)

Genre: melodrama

Time: 8:30pm (109 mins)

Venue: ICA

I cannot over-emphasize what a great line up of South Korean films are showing at this year’s festival. There are films for everyone from animation, to k-pop, to crime drama, historical mysteries, science fiction, melodrama and more. If I had to pick out what I was really looking forward to, I would have to say Deranged, The Weight and White Night: the later two because I am particularly interested in cinema that challenges the mainstream and represents marginalized identities and the former, just because horror/science fiction are my favorite genres. We have award-winning films,The Weight won the Queer Lion at the recent Venice Film Festival and b0x-office smashes – The Thieves (which is the biggest selling film domestically in South Korean film history) and Masquerade. There are free events, including the Korean Film Forum at the Korean Cultural Centre, and Q&A sessions with Directors and Stars.

2012 has been a wonderful year for South Korean cinema, both at home and abroad. It is, as always, a privilege to be involved with it. The Korean Cultural Centre has put on an exceptional year of Korean films and events, and the London Korean Film Festival represents another highlight in a year full of highlights.

VENUES:

Odeon Panton Street (Odeon PS)

Odeon West End

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Korean Cultural Centre

FINALLY

And you never know there might be some ‘Gangnam Style’ flashmobs!

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