Book Of Fish

The Book Of Fish (Jasaneobo) (2021)

The Book Of Fish screened at the London Korean Film Festival 2021. Below is a transcript of my on-screen introduction, and of my programme note. Director Lee Joon-ik’s The Book Of Fish (Jasaneobo) is not only set for the most part in a littoral, liminal space where land meets sea, but it also deftly lets…

Monstrum

Monstrum (Mulgoe) (2018)

[Please note that this review of Monstrum (Mulgoe) contains spoilers from the third paragraph onwards.] In monster movies, individual and societal anxieties assume prodigiously destructive form, so that, as well as embodying and spreading panic, they can also be vanquished or at least contained and accommodated – but nonetheless, they still retain their metaphorical power,…

Matchmaker

The Princess and The Matchmaker (Gung-hap) (2018)

This is the text for my introduction to a screening of The Princess and the Matchmaker at the London Korean Film Festival on the 4 November Hong Chang-pyo’s feature debut The Princess and the Matchmaker is a period film about stars, political harmonisation, and sexual liberation. Let’s start with the stars. Set in 1753, during King Yeonjo’s…