Into The Mirror

Into The Mirror (Geoul sokeuro) (2003)

Into The Mirror (Geoul Sokeuro) first published by Movie Gazette, 23 Oct, 2004 Woo Yung-min (Yoo Ji-tae) used to be a decorated sharpshooter for the Seoul police, but after a single error of judgement which led to the death of his partner in a mirrored nightclub, guilt and self-loathing have made him half the man…

Hallyu Hell Contemporary K-Horror

Hallyu Hell: Contemporary K-horror (2022)

Hallyu Hell: Contemporary K-horror first published by Sight and Sound, December 2022 The advent of Korea’s Sixth Republic in 1987 brought an end to military dictatorship, the beginnings of direct democracy, and an associated relaxation of state censorship. These ripples of liberalisation would soon crest into the hallyu, or Korean Wave, in the Nineties, a…

Bell

Death Bell (2008)

Death Bell first published by VODzilla.co Helmed and co-written by music video director Chang (aka Yoon Hong-seung), Death Bell brings two very different subgenres into the one composite class: the ‘torture porn’ that was so voguish in the middle of the Noughties; and Korea’s homegrown ‘high school horror’, as seen in films like Park Ki-hying’s Whispering Corridors (1988),…

Mourning

Mourning Grave (2014)

This is, more or less, the text of my introduction to the belated UK première of Mourning Grave (the Korean Cultural Centre UK, 16 March 2017), and then a second screening the following week (SOAS, 24 March) as part of Chills and Thrills, Colette Balmain’s series of overlooked K-horror. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this special screening of Mourning Grave,…

Horror Stories

Horror Stories (2012)

This is, more or less, the text of my introduction to the screening of Horror Stories (9 March 2017) as part of Colette Balmain’s series of overlooked K-horror for the Korean Cultural Centre UK.Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this evening’s screening of Horror Stories, the fourth film in Chills and Thrills programme of overlooked genre titles…

Chills

Chills And Thrills: Korean Film Nights 2017

Each year the London Korean Cultural Centre holds several mini-seasons of films – and this year’s first mini-season, Chills and Thrills, will be devoted to contemporary horror, Korean style. Everyone has heard of J-horror, but its Korean equivalent, K-horror, has certainly kept pace, while developing its own distinctive voice and character. Long before Hideo Nakata’s…