Lucky Chan-sil

Lucky Chan-sil (2019)

Below is the text of my introduction to a screening of Luck Chan-sil at the London Korean Film Festival 2020 Welcome to this screening of Lucky Chan-sil, which is one of the films that I have programmed for the Cinema Now Strand of the London Korean Film Festival.  Lucky Chan-sil is the feature debut of…

Declaration Of Idiot

Woman of Fire (1971) + Declaration of Idiot (1983)

Woman of Fire (1971) + Declaration of Idiot (1983) first published by the London Korean Film Festival as watch-at-home recommendations for the 2020 Covid lockdown Kim Ki-young’s Woman of Fire (Hwa-nyeo, 1971) The Housemaid (1960), an archly moralising melodrama about a household torn apart by adultery, is Kim Ki-young’s – and arguably Korea’s – most…

Birthday

Birthday (Saeng-il) (2019)

Text of my onstage introduction to Birthday (Saeng-il), which screened at the London Korean Film Festival 2019 On the morning of 16 April, 2014, an 18-year-old, overladen ferry named the MV Sewol was travelling from Incheon to Jeju, when it listed heavily while making a course adjustment and started rapidly taking on water as it…

Sale

The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale (2019)

Text of an onstage introduction to The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale which I gave at the London Korean Film Festival 2019 These days, zombies are everywhere, and films about them have, like the creatures themselves, proliferated virally, overwhelming through their sheer numbers.  It wasn’t always like this. In the Thirties, Forties and Fifties, their…

Idol

Idol (Woosang) (2019)

This is (more or less) the text from my onstage introduction to a screening of Idol (Woosang) at the London Korean Film Festival 2019 When it comes to spoilers, there’s an unwritten code that anything which happens in a film’s first third is fair game for advance disclosure and discussion – but that anything which…

Bluebeard

Bluebeard (Haebing) (2017)

Transcript of my introduction to the teaser screening of Bluebeard for the Korean Film Festival, 10 July, 2017 Lee Soo-yoon’s Bluebeard takes its place amongst a recent spate of Korean serial killer films, including Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder (2004), Na Hong-jin’s The Chaser (2008) and Kim Jee-woon’s I Saw The Devil (2010). Nearly fifteen years after the…

One On One intro (2014)

This is, more or less, the text for my on-stage introduction to Kim Ki-duk’s One On One for the London Korean Film Festival on Sunday, 9 November, 2014. “Who am I?” Those three words appear in text at the end of Kim Ki-duk’s 20th feature One On One, challenging us to decide where our allegiances…