One of Korea’s biggest exports is Korean dramas and although it’s not very evident here in the UK, it’s common to have Korean dramas dubbed and aired on national TV in many Asian countries. It’s going to be quite some time before the likes of the BBC, Channel4 or ITV considers airing a Korean drama during prime time, but for all the UK fans out there, the Korean Cultural Centre will be holding a very special K-Drama week.
Taking place towards the end of September, the KCCUK’s K-Drama week gives you the chance to participate in talks on Korean dramas; from it’s ever growing popularity to the future of the industry. The KCCUK has also invited a few special guests from the industry such as the Director of Iris, script writer Kwon Eunmi and workshops with Korean and British writers. And of course there will be screenings! The KCCUK has selected a few Korean dramas and will be screening the first few episodes, giving the UK public and Korean drama fans a chance to discover new shows. They even plan to screen the whole series of popular 2011 drama Sign!
K Drama Week : 23 – 28 September 2014
Tuesday 23 September- SOAS London University
17:30-19:30 ~ Global Korean Wave Seminar
– Seminar about Korean Dramas by Yang Yunho, Director of Iris Series One, 2009 (아이리스)
Wednesday 24 September – Curzon Cinema, Soho
19:00-22:00 ~ Opening Screening and Artist Talk
– Screening of Iris the Movie, 2010 followed by a conversation with director Yang Yunho
Iris the Movie, 2010 (아이리스: 더 무비)
Filmed simultaneously with the TV Series Iris, 2009.
– starring Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-hee, Jung Joon-ho, Kim Seung-woo, Kim So-yeon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) of Big Bang
22:00-23:00 ~ Networking Reception
Thursday 25 September – Hospital Club, Soho
K Drama Showcase
10:00-11:00 ~ Session 1
– Discussion focusing on government supporting scheme in Korea and the UK
11:10-12:20 ~ Session 2
Drama Panel Discussion (Pitching)
– A showcase for Korean and British dramas followed by a discussion about successful international partnerships between both countries
12.30-13.20 ~ Session 3
Script Writing Master-class
– A workshop for drama scripts followed by a Q&A with British and Korean Writers.
13:30-14:30 ~ Networking Reception
KCCUK K-Drama Screening Schedule:
Location: The Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings,
1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW
Thursday 25 September ~ 18:30-20:30
Gab-dong, 2014 (갑동이) – 1-2 episodes
– starring Yoon Sang-hyun, Kim Min-jung, Sung Dong-il, Lee Joon and Kim Ji-won
Genre: Crime/Thriller/Drama – Wiki page
Followed by a Conversation with its script writer, Kwon Eunmi
Friday 26 September ~ 18:30-20:30
Two Weeks, 2013 (투윅스) and Three Days, 2014 (쓰리 데이즈)
Two Weeks, 2013 (투윅스) – 1 episode
– starring Lee Joon-gi, Kim So-yeon, Ryu Soo-young, Park Ha-sun, Kim Hye-ok, Jo Min-ki and Lee Chae-mi.
Genre: Action/Thriller – Wiki page
Three Days, 2014 (쓰리 데이즈) – 1 episode
– starring Park Yoochun, Son Hyun-joo, Park Ha-sun, Yoon Je-moon, So Yi-hyun, Jang Hyun-sung and Choi Won-young
Genre: Action/Thriller – Wiki page
Saturday 27 September ~ 10:00-20:00
Sign, 2011 (싸인) ~ Episodes 1 to 10
– starring Park Shin-yang, Kim Ah-joong, Jun Kwang-ryul, Jung Gyu-woon and Uhm Ji-won
Genre: Romance/Crime/Action – Wiki Page
Sunday 28 September ~ 10:00-20:00
Sign, 2011 (싸인) cont ~ Episodes 11 to 20
Sign, 2011 Synopses:
The story details the partnership between Go Da-kyung, a warm-hearted rookie and Yoon Ji-hoon, a high-tempered forensic doctor, who find themselves an unlikely pair for solving cases (wikipedia)
We’re a bit sad that there are no romcom K-Dramas being screened as they’re normally the most popular ones (for us anyways). What about the latest hit My Love from Another Star? Or something starring Lee Min-ho? But this is a great selection to attract the general British public, both male and female, and create a bigger international interest in K-Dramas. We’re really excited about getting the chance to see Gab-dong which was aired earlier this year and stars Oscar from Secret Garden, Kim Ji-won from popular Teen dramas, To the Beautiful You and Heirs and MBLAQ’s Lee Joon to name but a few.
This K-Drama week is a new and exciting event to the KCCUK and if you’re a fan, make sure you don’t miss out and show some support. Who knows, if it’s successful, maybe the KCCUK will consider making this a regular segment. So who’s up for a whole weekend of K-Dramas?