The London Korean Film Festival is back for its 13th edition, with another stellar lineup from the East Asian filmmaking powerhouse. Kicking off a varied programme featuring close to 40 features and several more shorts tonight at London's Picturehouse Central cinema is Jeon Go-woon's delightful debut Microhabitat. The festival will close with Malene Choi's acclaimed Danish-Korean co-production The Return, which bowed at Berlinale earlier this year, on 14 November before kicking off its road tour, which will run from 15-25 November across the UK. Highlighting LKFF's commitment to showcasing voices from every corner of the Korean film industry is this year's main strand, 'A Slice of Everyday Life'. While Korea is often in the news for geopolitical reasons, the day-to-day struggles of Koreans are just as important and LKFF shines a spotlight on many films that examine the harsher points of normal life in the country. The program includes classics such as The Power of Kangwon Province and … [Read more...] about London Korean Film Festival Kicks Off Stuffed 13th Edition Tonight!
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Returning with his third film to the festival where he picked up the top Korean Competition prize for his debut A Fresh Start, director Jang Woo-jin delivers his most carefully designed work to date with Winter's Night, one of this year's Jeonju Cinema Projects at the Jeonju International Film Festival. Yet for all its artistry and clear merit, a film with a strong opening act slowly loses its way as intriguing threads become muddled through thickly layered symbolic overtures that recall a great many similar Korean independent works, not to mention Jang's previous film Autumn, Autumn. A middle-aged couple are on a trip to Chuncheon, a countryside town popular with Seoul day-trippers, which they haven't visited since they first meet over 30 years ago. After visiting a temple on an island the wife realizes she has left her phone behind. They take the ferry back to the island and wind up stuck there for the night. At the same time a young woman and a man on leave from his military service … [Read more...] about Jeonju 2018 Review: WINTER’S NIGHT Takes a Colorful and Introspective Trip Down Memory Lane
Making films is hard anywhere, but in Korea, where so many youths dream of entering what is a successful yet relatively small industry, it's a particularly tricky proposition. Thus it comes as little surprise that so many debut features focus on the hardships of making films. Korean film festivals have provided a platform to many of these works over the years, including Lee Byoung-heon's Cheer Up, Mr. Lee, Park Joon-bum's Director's Cut and Baek Jae-ho's We Will Be OK. Jeonju featured another one this year, but Graduation, from the 23-year-old Hui Ji-ye, offers a unique and refreshing view on the subject, despising hewing to many similar themes. Hae-rang is preparing to graduate from her production design class with just one term left to complete at her university. As she contemplates what the next step will be, her mother drops an unexpected surprise: it's time for her to leave the nest. She and a friend decide to move in together, but owing to her desire to be financially … [Read more...] about Jeonju 2018 Review: GRADUATION Scores Top Marks for Its Young Director and Star
For the third year on the trot, and after already receiving two prizes, director Ko Bong-soo returns to the Jeonju International Film Festival with his third work, Hello Dayoung. Largely working with the same troupe of actors, who are taking turns in the lead roles of his films, Ko's latest maintains the comic bent and sweetness of his prior works but this loving homage to silent comedy ditches his unique colloquial dialogue. Shot in black and white and sped up to achieve the accelerated frame rate of the silent era, this 62-minute romantic comedy is all heart but doesn't always work as a feature. Lonely deliveryman Min-jae drives around on his scooter, occasionally getting lost or accidentally damaging his packages, but the highlights of his day are when he gets to deliver things to Da-young, the young office worker he adores. He keeps his visor down when he visits her office and always leaves her with a mandarin. But life is hard for Da-young, who is dead last in her company … [Read more...] about Jeonju 2018 Review: HELLO DAYOUNG, Korean Comedy Goes Full Chaplin
Ever since picking up a Best New Actor Prize from the Venice International Film Festival for Oasis in 2002, Moon So-ri has been known as one of the top performers in the Korean film industry. Now, after impressing viewers and critics alike over the years, in a range of indie and commercial fare, Moon proves herself to be equally adept behind the camera, following the release of her charming, hilarious and at times poignant feature debut The Running Actress. A three-part work, The Running Actress brings together the three short films Moon has made to date, each of which feature her playing herself. The Actress, screened at the Busan International Film Festival in 2014, features Moon going on a hike with some friends. Before long, the conversation turns to her stalling film career, as the aging actress is no longer being offered the same meaty roles. The Running Actress, screened at the Jeonju International Film Festival in 2015, sees Moon endure a series of chores and family … [Read more...] about Udine 2018 Review: THE RUNNING ACTRESS Dashes to Victory