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Mountains May Depart

Mountains May Depart

Mountains May Depart Directed by Jia Zhangke Starring Tao Zhao,Yi Zhan, Sylvia Chang, Jin Dong Liang, Zijian Dong and Sanming Han In UK Cinemas December 15th, 2017 by Joanna Orland A film with ambitious scope, Mountains May Depart is, at its core, an intricate relationship drama. Spanning decades, Jia Zhangke’s movie uses motifs, symbolism, subtext […]

London Korean Film Festival 2017

12th London Korean Film Festival LKFF

London Korean Film Festival 2017 26 October – 19 November 2017 www.koreanfilm.co.uk by Richard Hamer The London Korean Film Festival is now 12 years old, and has firmly established its reputation as the home for exciting, surprising Asian cinema in the Capital. This year – as the cliché goes – is no different: With a […]

London Korean Film Festival: The First Lap

The First Lap

The First Lap Directed by Kim Dae-hwan Starring Cho Hyun-chul and Kim Saebyuk Screening at LKFF November 8th, 2017 by Richard Hamer A wonderful exploration of cross-generational attitudes to love and life, Kim Dae-hwan’s The First Lap makes for a delightfully low-key closer for this years’ London Korean Film Festival. The film follows Su-hyeon and […]

Paddington 2

Paddington 2

Paddington 2 Directed by Paul King Starring Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters, Imelda Staunton, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Ben Miller, Joanna Lumley and Michael Gambon In UK cinemas November 10th, 2017 by Laura Patricia Jones Sometimes you’re just ‘that sort of bear.’ I laughed, I cried and my […]

Thelma

Thelma

Thelma Directed by Joachim Trier Starring Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Ludvig Algeback and Isabel Christine Andreasen In UK cinemas November 3rd, 2017 by Gemsy So, if the films But I’m a Cheerleader and Carrie had an illegitimate child that was then sent to be brought up by Uncle Let the […]

London Korean Film Festival: The Day After

The Day After

The Day After Directed by Hong Sang-soo Starring Kwon Haehyo, Kim Minhee and Kim Saebyuk Screening at LKFF October 26th, 2017 by Richard Hamer Presented in black and white, every scene amounting to little more than two people sat opposite each other talking, The Day After is a quiet, fascinating little movie. Kwon Haehyo plays […]

London Korean Film Festival: The Outlaws (Crime City)

The Outlaws aka Crime City

The Outlaws (Crime City) Directed by Kang Yun-sung Starring Don Lee, Yoon Kye-sang and Cho Cha-yun Screening at LKFF October 27th, 2017 by Richard Hamer Still playing in Korean cinemas at the time of its London screening, The Outlaws is doing great box office. It’s not hard to see why: Fresh from blockbuster hit Train […]

London Korean Film Festival: Master

Master

Master Directed by Cho Ui-seok Starring Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin Screening at LKFF November 6th, 2017 by Richard Hamer President Jin (Lee Byung-hun) is the charismatic head of a vast and successful Ponzi scheme that is secretly defrauding thousands. His operation is airtight; able to dissemble itself and destroy all evidence at […]

London Korean Film Festival: The Merciless

The Merciless

The Merciless Directed by Byun Sung-hyun Starring Sul Kyung-gu and Yim Si-wan Screening at LKFF November 3rd, 2017 by Richard Hamer Released from prison after a three-year stint, up-and-coming gangster Hyun-soo joins forces with Jae-hoo, an established figure in the Busan underworld, to make the kind of money they spent their years inside dreaming about. […]

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok Directed by Taika Waititi Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins In UK Cinemas October 24th, 2017 by Richard Hamer Thor: Ragnarok, the third in Marvel Studio’s Thor franchise, is a stylistic departure, and somewhat of a soft reboot: Much […]