London Korean Film Festival 2017 - No Money, No Future!

"In any other year, South Korean artist and filmmaker Jung Yoon-suk’s films could not have screened at the London Korean Film Festival, noted curator Tony Rayns as he introduced Jung’s films at the festival. Under the previous government, led by the now-imprisoned Park Geun-hye, Jung’s work—…

London Korean Film Festival 2016 - Exploring Female Identity Within Masculine Spaces

This is a guest post from George Cudmore, reporting from the London Korean Film Festival. Amidst the London Korean Film Festival’s special focus on female directors creating films for and about women, a clear line could be drawn between two titles - Take Care Of My Cat (2002) and…

London Korean Film Festival 2016 - Park Hong-min

In the London Korean Film Festival's Indie Firepower strand, programmed by Tony Rayns, Park Hong-min sits at the front of the selection of new independent films from emerging national auteurs. Given two spots in the lineup, and treated to particularly complimentary, excited notes by Rayns, Hong-min is obviously a favourite.…

London Korean FIlm Festival 2016 - The Lives of Korean Women

"In 1955, director Park Nam-ok became the first South Korean woman to make a feature film. Yet The Widow, which would prove to be her only film, did not so much blow open the door for other women directors as leave it slightly ajar. In her rough, spirited 2002…

London Korean Film Festival 2015 - Emerging Directors

Each year, the LKFF spotlights two directors who are at the early stages of their career, directors whose small body of work may have met some acclaim at international festivals, but remain largely unknown outside of this bubble. It is nice to see mini-retrospectives of directors beginning their careers, ones…