Highlights from the upcoming 2015 London Korean Film Festival

The London Korean Film Festival (2-14 November) is back and and this year it celebrates its 10th Anniversary. The 2015 edition will see 52 films play, including a host of UK Premieres, retrospectives and newly introduced Emerging Directors and Documentary strands.

The opening gala even is the UK Premiere of JK Youn’s drama ‘Ode To My Father’ starring Hwang Jung-min (star of the thrillers New World and The Unjust) and Kim Yunjin. An epic, big-budget drama that played at the Berlin Film Festival 2015, the films tracks the adventures of Duk-soo (Hwang Jung-min) from his childhood when an entire town attempts to evacuate via the sea, through to later life when he must take charge of his family. Themes of sacrifice and doing one’s duty are writ boldly. There will be a Q&A session after the screening with director JK Youn, actor Hwang Jung-min, and producer Kil Youngmin.

Ode to my Father

Ode to my Father

The 2015 playlist includes works from established filmmakers including Bong Joon Ho, and also films from up-and-coming directors and starring some of the most renowned Korean actors.

Highlights include:

The Veteran

The Veteran

The Veteran

A new Korean action thriller that also stars the lead actor of Ode to my Father; Korean star Hwang Jung-min, directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Ryoo Seung-wan.

The Unjust and New World, two taught, dark cop/gangster thrillers that showcase the work of Ode to my Father star Hwang Jung-min. New World also stars Oldboy’s Choi Min-sik

The Classified File

Director Kwak Kyung-taek directs this recent hit thriller that recreates a real-life Busan kidnapping case from 1978, and stars the excellent The Chaser star Kim Yun-seok as a seen-it-all-before cop struggling to solve a the mystery as important truths about Korean society are revealed along the way.

Alice in Earnestland

A debut film from director writer-director Ahn Gooc-jin, this surreal anti-heroine comedy sees Su-nam (Lee Jeong-hyun) break into a psychotherapist’s office and take Gyeong-suk (Seo Young-hwa) prisoner. Su-nam begins to recount to her captive audience how she came to be committing this criminal act, the resulting story is a crazy whirlwind.

The Royal Tailor

Director Lee Won-suk (How to use Guys with Secret Tips) has a crack at a lavish period drama about rival costumiers, with 60% of the budget for this new film spent on sets and costumes.

Socialphobia

A selection from the Busan International Film Festival. Hong Seok-jae's debut film tackles the topical subjects of social media and cyberbullying, as police-tech students Ji-woong (Byun Yohan) and Yong-min (Lee Ju-seong) suspect foul play in the death of a cyber troll. 

Masquerade

Choo Chang-min's period drama about a Joseon Dynasty-era King using a doppleganger to cover for him stars one of Korea's most popular actors, Lee Byung-hun, and is one of the highest grossing films of all time.

Memories of Murder

Playing in the "20 years of CJ Entertainment" strand, this based-on-a-true story procedural thriller was an international hit for The Host director Bong Joon-ho.


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