Burning (Beoning) (2018)

Burning (Beoning) first published by Burning (Beoning) opens in a shabby marketplace of brand knockoffs and tacky imitations that perfectly figures the low-rent gig economy in which two of the film’s three principal characters find themselves trapped. Aspiring novelist Lee Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) is delivering cheap goods to a shop when he runs into…


“I am going back!”: Lee Chang-dong in retrospect

Introduction to a screening of Lee Chang-dong’s Peppermint Candy at the Korean Cultural Centre UK, Thursday 24th September, 2015 The ‘peppermint candy’ in the film you are about to see is quite literally that – a factory-produced bonbon that protagonist Yong-ho (played by Sol Kyung-gu) is shown at various moments eating, storing, buying, sharing. Yet it is…


Poetry (2010)

Poetry first published by Little White Lies There is something about blank pages – or empty screens – that demands we fill them with a bit of ourselves. This is why writer’s block has proved such a common narrative vehicle in films (think Barton Fink, Adaptation. and Swimming Pool) that deal with the creative process itself, dramatising their own imaginative…


Oasis (2002)

Oasis first published by Little White Lies “You have to be responsible for your actions. You have to fit in with society, be aware of how others see you.” Or so Jong-du (Sol Kyung-gu) is told near the start of Oasis, and it seems, at least to begin with, that his older brother has a point….


Peppermint Candy (1999)

Peppermint Candy first published by Little White Lies It seems appropriate that, after being honoured in 1999 as the first domestically produced film to open the Pusan International Film Festival, Peppermint Candy was released into Korean cinemas on January 1, 2000. After all, Korean novelist Lee Chang-dong‘s second feature (after 1997’s award-winning Green Fish), uses the personal story of one man’s…