Walk Up

Walk Up (2022)

Walk Up screened at the London Korean Film Festival 2023. This is a transcript of my onstage introduction. Since his debut feature The Day a Pig Fell into the Well came out back in 1996, polyhyphenate filmmaker Hong Sang-soo has become a darling of Korea’s indie scene. It can be hard to keep up with…

A Wild Roomer

A Wild Roomer (Goein) (2022)

A Wild Roomer (Goein) screened at the London Korean Film Festival 2023 Carpenter Gi-hong (Park Gi-hong) often sleeps where he is working, but also rents a room in the modernist suburban home of Jung-hwan (Ahn Ju-min) and his wife Hyun-jung (Kim Jeon-gil), with whom he also spends quite a lot of time hanging out.  Indeed…

Greenhouse

Greenhouse (2022)

Greenhouse screened at London Korean Film Festival 2023. This is a longer version of my on-stage introduction (plus programme note) Greenhouse gets its title from the off-road, metal framed structure in which single mother Lee Moon-jung (Kim Seo-hyung) is living. More tent than home, with plastic sheeting for walls, and designed to house plants, this…

Soulmate

Soulmate (2020)

Soulmate screened at London Korean Film Festival 2023. This is a longer version of my on-stage introduction (plus my programme note) What is in a picture? A person’s portrait can trigger a flood of memories and fancies. It can reflect who we are and how we feel, and offer, through its image of the other,…

I Haven't Done Anything

I Haven’t Done Anything (2023)

I Haven’t Done Anything screened at the London Korean Film Fest 2023. This is a transcript of my on-stage introduction (plus programme note) Park Sang-min’s previously co-wrote Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018) with its director Jung Bum-shik. Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum was horror told in the found footage format, where its intradiegetic camerawork, reportage style and other…

Phantom

Phantom (2023)

Phantom screened at the London Korean Film Festival 2023. This is a transcript of my on-stage introduction. From 1910 to the end of the Second World War, Korea was under Japanese Occupation. Unsurprisingly this is a bitter period in the national memory. Land was forcibly seized; freedom of the press, and even of expression, were…

Open the Door

Open the Door (2022)

Open the Door screened at the London Korean Film Festival 2023. This is the text (more or less) of my on-stage introduction. There has recently been a spate of films, like Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari (2020), Anthony Shim’s Riceboy Sleeps (2022) and Celine Song’s Past Lives (2023), that deal with the Korean diaspora in North…