The London Korean Film Festival kicked off in style last night with the premiere of Lee Kyoung-mi’s psychological thriller The Truth Beneath. Taking place over the next two weeks in London, before heading out on tour across the country for another ten days, the festival is the place to get your Korean film fix. Female filmmakers are being given the spotlight at this year’s event, with directors Lee Kyoung-mi and Yim Soon-rye attending the festival to talk about their films and what it’s like working in the Korean film industry.
But that’s not all, the festival is also bringing some of the biggest hits from this year, as well as restored classic films, and documentaries. With 61 films to choose from it might be hard to decide what to go see, so we here at MyM Buzz felt we should give you our top choices of the event.
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The prequel to the box-office sensation Train To Busan, this animated zombie film tells you how the epidemic first began after a homeless man begins acting strange in Seoul Station. Directed by Yeon Sang-ho, who is the person behind The King of Pigs and The Fake, this gritty animation is perfect at illustrating the dark, ugly side of humanity, as well as featuring some kick-ass zombies.
Asura: The City Of Madness
Another dark hard-hitting drama, Asura: The City Of Madness sees popular actor Jung Woo-sung go through hell in the fictional metropolis of Asura. The city reeks of corruption and his character, Han Do-kyung, is pushed back and forth between the immoral government and internal affairs to follow their orders, pitting violent men against each other and, as you can imagine, things can only end one way.
Crush And Blush
Having previously worked as a scripter under Park Chan-wook (the director of Oldboy and The Handmaiden), Lee Kyoung-mi went a down a different path for her directorial debut. Crush And Blush is a quirky comedy about a teacher encountering her first love, who is now working alongside her but is having an affair with another colleague. It’s a moving coming-of-age film aimed at adults, and this is a rare chance to see the film on the big screen.
A violent thriller starring legendary actor Ahn Sung-ki, the film sees him go head-to-head against a band of mercenaries which force its way onto a woman’s gold-filled land, leading to her death. Taking on the role of an old hunter, Ahn Sung-ki goes on a chase to stop the group in this tense action film.
Forever The Moment
Dramatising the silver medal win for the Korean women’s hand ball team at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Yim Soon-rye’s heart-warming film focuses on the two middle-aged members of the team Han Mi-sook and Kim Hye-kyung. Their perseverance to be at their best level for the team, as well as their hardships outside of the sport is truly moving.
The London Korean Film Festival is taking place in several London venues from now until November 17, with several films then going on to be shown in Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham, Glasgow, and Belfast until November 27. Tickets for screenings can be found on the festival’s website: www.koreanfilm.co.uk.