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The London Korean Film Festival is back for (I think) the 8th time already and is due to run from November 7-22, 2013, at the Odeon West End, Odeon Panteon St. and the KCCUK. The programme was released probably some two weeks ago already (sorry, I’m so busy at the moment!), but no one’s yet written a post that includes original titles in 한국 and trailers… so I might as well.

OPENING FILM (European Premiere): 

  • 숨바꼭질 (Sumbakkokjil/Hide and Seek, 2013) – Dir. by Huh Jung.

A Q&A with the director Huh Jung and the actor Son Hyun-joo will follow the screening.


  • 공공의 적 (Gonggongui jeok/Public Enemy, 2002) – Dir. by Kang Woo-suk.

  • 전설의 주먹/傳說의 주먹 (Jeonseolui Joomeok/Fists of Legend, 2013) – Dir. by Kang Woo-suk.

• 실미도 (Silmido, 2003) Dir. by Kang Woo-suk.

• 이끼 (Iggi/Moss, 2010) – Dir. by Kang Woo-suk.

Based on manhwa that I’m trying to get my hands on (before I watch this film).

• 강철중: 공공의 적 1-1 (Gonggongui Jeok 1-1/The Public Enemy Returns, 2008) – Dir. by Kang Woo-suk.

  • 투캅스 (Tu Kapseu/Two Cops, 1993) – Dir. by Kang Woo-suk.

No trailer available, though you can find, uhhh, longer clips if you google…


• 빨간 마후라 (Balgan Mahura/Red Scarf, 1964)

• 돌아오지 않는 해병 (Doraoji anneun haebyong/The Marines Are Gone, 1963) – Dir. by Lee Man-hee

• 피아골 (Piagol, 1955) – Dir. by Lee Kang-cheon


  • Three Shorts with director Kim Dong-ho Q&A
  • Director Kim Jee-woon: In Short w/ Dir Q&A
  • Mise-en-scene Short Films 1 – More here.
  • Mise-en-scene Short Films 2 – More here.

NEW KOREAN CINEMA (From box office hits to art house productions)

감기 (Gamgi/The Flu, 2013) – Dir. by Kim Sung-su.

  • 은밀하게 위대하게 (Eunmilhage Widaehage/Secretly Greatly aka Covertly Grandly, South Korea, 2013) – Dir. by Jang Cheol-Soo.


• 몽타주 (Mong-ta-ju/Montage, 2013) – Dir. by Jung Geun-sub.

• 남쪽으로 튀어 (Namjjeukeuro Twieo/South Bound, 2013) – Dir. by Yim Soon-rye.

I had the film on Trailer Weekly #75. Yim Soon-rye also featured in the Year of 12 Directors, where she struck me as a rather sensitive film maker whose creations are always worth watching.

  • 명왕성 (Myungwangsung/Pluto, South Korea, 2012)


This has been on my to-watch list forever – had it on a Trailer Weekly way, way back!

  • 마이 라띠마 (Mai Rattima/Mai Ratima, 2012) – Dir. by Yu Ji-tae.

I featured this one on a Trailer Weekly too.

가시꽃 (Gashi Ggot/Fatal, 2013) – Dir. by Lee Don-ku.

뒷담화:감독이 미쳤어요 (Dwitdamhwa: Kamdokei Michyeosseoyo/Behind the Camera, 2013) – Dir. by E J-yong.

E J-yong was also one of KCCUK’s 12 directors featured in 2012Dwitdamhwa: Kamdokei Michyeosseoyo is loosely linked to his 2009 여배우들 (Yeobaewoodeul/Actresses), which was a mockumentary about several Korean entertainers. I didn’t love that film (it was good, but just fell a bit short of my expectations), so I’m not too excited about this one either – indeed, I’ll probably give it a miss for now. Maybe when Third Window Film releases the DVD

  • 배우는 배우다 (Baeuneun Baeuda/Rough Play, 2013) – Dir. by Shin Yeon-shik.

Kim Ki-duk wrote the screenplay, by the way.

  • 7번방의 선물 (7beonbangui Seonmul/Miracle in Cell No. 7, 2013) – Dir. by Lee Hwan-kyung.

  • Bhikkhuni

A ‘bhikkhuni’ is a Buddhist monk, and this documentary follows

the lives of 4 women who have decided to become monks. Each of them has their own reason for joining and for 300 days the cameras follow them around as their lives transform and take shape in one of the most restricted access areas of Korea (from festival website).

No further details or trailer available.


• 뽀로로의 슈퍼 썰매 대모험 (Bbororoeui shoopeu ssolmae daemoheum/Pororo: The Racind Adventure) – Dir. by Park Yeong-gyoon.

• 볼츠와 블립 (Bolts & Blip, 2013) – Dir. by Peter Lepeniotis.

A Korean-Canadian co-production.


• 자칼이 온다 (Jakalyi Onda/Code Name Jackal, 2012) – Dir. by Bae Hyeong- Jun.

• 남자사용설명서 (Namja Sayongseolmyungseo/How to Use a Guy with Secret Tips, 2013) – Dir. by Lee Won-suk.

Had it on a Trailer Weekly too.

CLOSING FILM (European Premiere)

  • 고령화가족 (Goryeonghwa Gajok/Boomerang Family, South Korea, 2013) – Dir. by Song Hae-sung.

Overall, there is plenty to see and films are from a wide range of genres, so there should be something for everyone. So, what will you be watching (or would like to, if you are not London-based)?

Bonus Bits:

  • Hope this post is still of use to someone!
  • The official festival website is here. It contains dates and times, as well as booking details. Note: Films screening at the KCCUK and the Curzon are free, but seats must be reserved. Films screening at Odeon West End require tickets, which can be bought here.
  • I’m in desperate need of a new LKFF tote, my ones from the past two festivals are starting to fall apart… Hope they choose a good colour this year!
  • Last but not least, here’s the official London Korean Film Festival trailer: