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London Korean Film Festival 2016 (3-27 November)


Seoul Station, playing in the LKFF Hits strand

Seoul Station, playing in the LKFF Hits strand

Various London Cinemas, see LKFF website for details.

The London Korean Film Festival returns, opening on 3 November with Lee Kyoung-mi 's political thriller The Truth Beneath. This year the festival aims to highlight the contribution of female talent to Koren cinema too, with SPECIAL FOCUS: The Lives of Korean Women through the Eyes of Women Directors . With awareness of the conversation about the under-representation of women in filmmaking in mind, and with a new vision for a new decade, the LKFF is looking towards the future as they present a special strand showcasing fiction features from a feminine point of view. 

Other strands at LKFF include:

HITS FROM 2015/16

Korean cinemagoers have been spoilt for choice this year with a wide and varied selection of films storming into local theatres and breaking box-office records. With the Hits strand LKFF brings the best of these features to the UK. From historical dramas to police procedurals, political thrillers to undead action, catch all the action from some of the country’s biggest directors and stars in the movies that have made for a fantastic 2016.

ACTOR FOCUS: BAEK YOON-SIK

In a decade spanning career, screen veteran Baek Yoon-sik has come to become one of Korea's best known stars.

INDIE FIREPOWER

Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns returns with another selection of undiscovered gems of Korean indie cinema being presented to UK audiences for the very rest time. 

CLASSICS REVISITED: LEE CHANG-HO RETROSPECTIVE

For their Classics Revisited strand LKFF bring together three films by the influential and rebellious filmmaker Lee Chang-ho, co-founder of the Young Sung Shi Dae (Visual Age) group – a collection of like-minded Korean artists who sought to creatively push the boundaries of cinema, following the example set by the British Free Cinema and French Nouvelle Vague movements.

ANIMATION

There’s epic adventure from an award-winning animator for fans of the genre and families to enjoy, while parents looking to have a first cinema-experience with their little ones can experience the most popular children’s show in Korea up on the big screen.

DOCUMENTARY with Essay Film Festival

Following last year's edition of the new strand dedicated to historical and contemporary documentary filmmaking in South Korea, the LKFF continues its collaboration with the Essay Film Festival to offer a space for the audience to discover original and engaging films displaying a wide breadth of social and cultural issues. 

MISE-EN-SCENE SHORTS

Animation, historical epic, low-fi drama, sci-fi, action and thriller: all the bases are covered in this eclectic collection of short films fresh from Korea’s prestigious Mise-en-Scène Short Film Festival (MSSF).

ARTIST VIDEO

The LKFF's new artist's film and video strand continues to focus on significant artist's work from Korea, proposing a survey through three decades of work by video artist Seoungho Cho. Also included is a screening of artist and filmmaker Soa Sung-a Yoon's first feature-length documentary – a deeply personal and ambitious family travelogue that doubles as a clinical examination of society and culture in Korea.