You may or may not be aware of the current campaign for Jeju as one of the “New 7 wonders of the world” that is taking K-lovers worldwide by storm. The beautiful, picturesque volcanic island has already been nominated, and deserves to be a winner.
All over the world, people are doing all they can to promote and celebrate Jeju. An example is this global student-singalong: http://korea.net/news.do?mode=detail&guid=54270
London’s offering comes from the wonderful Korean Cultural Centre in the form of free screenings of movies filmed on location on Jeju. These comprise My Mother, the Mermaid (dir Park Hyeung Sik, 2004), Lump of Sugar (dir Lee Hwang Kyeong, 2006), Il Mare (dir Lee Hyeon Seoung, 2000), and Grand Prix (dir Yang Yun Ho, 2010). Screenings will be at 10.30, 14.00, and 16.00 every weekday during April. The schedule and trailers are below.
From perusing these, Il Mare is the film that I am most interested in watching as it looks extremely stylised and surreal, although all look good and would definitely be worth a watch. With KCC providing comfy sofas, English subtitles and a no-need-to-book policy, there is no reason why you shouldn’t pop in and see what all this “Jeju” fuss is about!
My Mother the Mermaid:
Lump of Sugar:
- For more information and a chance to vote, visit the “New 7 Wonders” website: http://www.new7wonders.com/en/
- Jeju is an official UNESCO world heritage site
- Kimchi Soul spent a week holidaying in Jeju and had a fabulous time. Write-up and photos coming soon…