2013 sees the 8th London Korean Film Festival and sees the LKFF team continue their hard work in bringing some of South Korea’s cinema best to London screens. From 7th November to 15 November 2013, selected London cinemas will be hosting a very diverse range of Korean films, from action, comedy, to the highly emotional and even a few old classics! Here is some useful information on booking and the films on offer. We hope you’ll enjoy the LKFF as much as we do!
Check out the 2013 LKFF trailer:
HOW TO BOOK TICKETS
Firs of all, all Curzon and KCCUK film screenings are FREE all you need to do is book via the KCCUK website. For all other screenings, you can book tickets by clicking on the relevant cinema webpage as linked below and select the advance dates options to locate the LKFF screenings. Tickets are £10.50 plus a one-off 21p credit card levy and make sure you check out the premier seating as some screenings offer the comfier seats for the exact same price!
HIGHLIGHTS: OPENING AND CLOSING GALA
Opening Gala : Hide And Seek + Q&A
w/ Dir Huh Jung, Actor Son Hyun-joo and Film Critic Tony Rayns
Thursday 7th November 19:00 – London Odeon West End
– Called the breakout film of 2013 and described as a film with quintessential Korean thriller flavour and masterful storytelling this is the perfect and exciting way to open the film festival this year. A debut from Director Huh Jung along with a fantastic cast.
For more info on Hide And Seek click here.
Closing Gala : Boomerang Family + Q&A
w/ Dir. Song Hae-sung, Actor Park Hae-il, Yoon Je-moon, Actress Youn Yuh-jung and Film Critic Tony Rayns
Friday 15th November 19:00 – London Odeon West End– No one has a perfect family and no matter how dysfunctional, family is family and we’re stuck with each other. Boomerang Family features an amazing cast and you can read our full review of the closing film here.
For more info on Boomerang Family click here.
This is a KCM created category. We are very excited to see, after the successful of a number of Hallyu Wave films last year such as SM’s I AM, Mr Idol and Acoustic, the 2013 LKFF brings us films starring some top eye candy of the Hallyu Wave. Code Name Jackal is a K-Comedy starring one of the kings of Kpop Hero Jaejoong of DBSK/JYJ Fame, the fabulously amazing Lee Joon from MBLAQ and Ninja Assasin shows off his amazing range of acting skills in Rough Play. Warning: Lee Joon fans, be prepared for some rather steamy scenes! And last but not least Secretly, Greatly, a MASSIVE Box office hit of 2013 starring the sexy Kim Soo-hyun from The Thieves, K-Drama’s Dream High and Moon Embracing the Sun, Full House 2’s loveable Park Ki-woong and To the Beautiful You’s adorable Lee Hyun-woo, need we say more? But before we put off all those “serious” Korean Films, Rough Play was based on a script by Kim Ki-duk, very far from your typical Idol film project and screened at the Busan International Film Festival. Secretly, Greatly contains action, comedy and a seriously well planned out plot line with a strong and powerful ending.
BOX OFFICE HITS
Along with Secretly, Greatly, the LKFF gives us South Korea’s current best in the shape of heart warming comedy Miracle in Cell No.7 starring 2012 LKFF visitor Ryu Seung-ryong. A fabulously surreal tale of a father and daughter bond with some comical characters. And what Korea does best, thrillers in the form of Montage, a suspenseful detective thriller and infectious thriller The Flu, how perfect for this current British weather and a great reminder to get that annual flu jab before things get out of control!
And now for the carefully selected critic’s choice collection featuring Pluto which was screened earlier this year at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Pluto is a bit of a High school thriller but many of the trailers have been rather cryptic, just how far are students willing to go to ensure they get into a top university? Bhikkhuni takes a look at a completely different side to Korean culture, this documentary takes us deep into the Korean forests and gives us a look into the lives of female Buddhist monks at Baekheung-am. Baekheung-am is a temple devoted to female monks and rarely opens their doors to the public, let alone cameras, so this will be a very rare and exclusive view. And last but not least, ever wondered what would happen if that crazy idealistic government hating uncle stopped moaning and finally moved into the country side taking his rather reluctant family with him? South Bound stars last year’s LKFF star guest Kim Yun-seok as the charismatic father who takes his family and tries to live the good quiet life.
As well as Jaejoong’s comedy Code Name Jackal where hot celeb womaniser meets 100% success rate hit woman, we have How to Use Guys with Secret Tips. Sounding suspiciously like a Kate Hudson chick flick, we see hardworking yet scruffy Bona get dating tips from VHS tapes given to her by a mysterious old man. Does good ever come from VHS’ in films?
How to Use Guys With Secret Tips
Sunday 10th November 14:00 – London Odeon Panton St
For more info on How to Use Guys with Secret Tips click here
Now for some family fun! Saturday 9th November is LKFF’s Animation day! Kids and adults alike will be given the chance to see South Korea’s most iconic cartoon character Pororo go on a exciting Racing Adventure! Then we are transported to the future, following the antics of oddball robots Bolts and Blip as they battle and try to make it in the new world of cool and competitive Battle-bots
Pororo: The Racing Adventure
Saturday 9th November 14:00 – Odeon Covent Garden
For more info on Pororo: The Racing Adventure click here
Check out the trailer for Bolts and Blip here:
IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA, PANORAMA
Now for the more hard-hitting side to cinema. Firstly Wish is the latest film from the masterful Lee Joon-ik, based on a tragic crime that shook Korea in 2008, this film deals with a rather sensitive issue and has had the whole of South Korea crying in the last couple of months. This is going to be an emotionally exhausting film and we advise everyone to click on the link for more information on this film as it deals with an issue some people may find uncomfortable. The LKFF also sees Director EJ Young continue his confusing world of film within a film as Behind the Camera questions if a Director needs to be on set as we watch a film being made with the Director directing via skype.
Wish (also known as Hope)
w/ Sol Kyung-gu Q&A
Wednesday 13th November 19:00 – Odeon Covent Garden
Thursday 14th November 19:00 – Odeon Kingston (27.10.13 Not yet on sale)
For more info on Wish click here
Mai Ratima and Fatal deals with two very unique and not so fairy tale love. Mai Ratima initially starts as a romance blossoming between two people who need each other, but what if this wasn’t to work out? Will things ever be the same again? And Fatal sees a man trying to right the wrong he has done in the past, but will it ever help him and those around him get over the horrors of that crucial night? Two very strong dramas from the LKFF’s Panorama selection.
Shorts have always been a popular choice at the London Korean Film Festival. Heres a rare chance for the UK public to catch some Korean shorts which are often in-accessible. As well as the usual Mise-en-scene collection, we are treated to a collection of shorts from Directors Kim Dong-ho and Kim Jee-won. Click the links below to find out more about each collection. Kim Dong-ho’s Three Shorts contain one called Jury where the UK audience will be able to spot a very familiar LKFF face!
Three Shorts: w/ Dir Kim Dong-ho Q&A
Friday 8th November 19:00 – Odeon Covent Garden
Titles: Jury (Starring Tony Rayns!), Ongoing Smile, Day Trip
For more info on the Three Shorts selection click here
Director Kim Jee-woon: In Short
w/ Dir Q&A
Saturday 9th November 19:00 – Odeon Covent Garden
Titles: One Perfect Day, Coming Out, Heavenly Creature, and Present…
For more info on Director Kim Jee-woon’s shorts selection click here
Mise-en-scene Short Films 1
Saturday 9th November 20:45 – London Odeon Panton St
Titles: The Line, Two Boys and a Sheep, When September Ends, The Way Back, When the Moon is on the Wane
For more info on the Mise-en-scene programme no.1 click here
Mise-en-scene Short Films 2
Wednesday 13th November 20:45 – London Odeon Panton St
Titles: The Wish, A Joyful Gathering Day, Grecoroman, A Room of One’s Own
For more info on the Mise-en-scene programme no.2 click here
KOREAN CLASSICS: THE KOREAN WAR
2013 is a very special year for South Korea and UK relations. Not only does it mark 130 years of friendship between the two countries, but it also marks the 60th anniversary of the ceasefire of the Korean War. Here we take a look at some old war classics with Marines Are Gone, Piagol and Multi-award winning The Red Scarf,
DIRECTROSPECTIVE: KANG WOO-SUK
Director Kang Woo-suk is known as one of the most powerful men in Korean cinema and makes for an amazing and action packed Directrospective. Kang’s releases have consistently topped box office charts, being some of the most watched films in South Korea and here we will see a collection of his top films which includes one of his firsts, comedy Two Cops and 66% of his Public Enemy trilogy Public Enemy and Public Enemy Returns.
All information from this post is from the LKFF website and we can see a few clashes such as Director Q&As being at both Moss and Fist of Legend at the same time. We will continue to update this post with more information as it is released and hopefully correct all issues soon! The Korean Film Festival also plans to visit Oxford, Bradford and St Andrew but no information regarding these screenings have been released yet. We hope to update you soon!