The London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) 2012 starts tomorrow! The director of the festival promises that “Regardless if you are a connoisseur of Korean cinema or completely new to the country’s film scene we have created an exciting and varied program that will delight, thrill, scare and, most importantly, entertain you”.
Intrigued? Here’s the schedule:
The box office smash The Thieves (2012) followed by a Q&A session with director Choi Dong-Hoon and star Kim Yoon-Suk provides an anticipated opening gala (at 7pm, Thursday 1st November, @ London Odeon West End).
Other festival highlights include romance Eungyo (2012), also with a director Q&A with Jung Ji-Woo; drama Spring Snow (Kim Tae-Gyoon, 2012), this time with an actress Q&A with Youn Suk-Hwa; K-pop documentary I Am: SM Town (Choi Jin-Sung, 2012) (…no Q&A here, but rumour has it it’s already a sell-out!); and fictitious K-pop tale Mr Idol (Ra Hee-Chan, 2011).
The closing ceremony brings acclaimed period drama Masquerade (2012) followed by yet another Q&A, with Dir. Choo Chang-min & Actor Lee Byung-hun, to town!
I’m personally most excited about the Korean Cinema Forum at the KCC (7pm on Friday 9th November, and absolutely free!), the mise-en-scene short films (especially as they were SO awesome last year), K-animation King of Pigs (Yeun Sang-Ho, 2011), and arthouse romance White Night (Lee Song Hee-Il, 2012), which explores Korean attitudes to homosexuality whilst presenting a serious and important gay film.
If none of the above sounds up your street, take a peek at the trailer as there’s a whole lot more on the agenda…
So whether you’re into cute cartoons, high-octane thrillers, thought-provoking dramas or experimental cinema, we’ll see you there!
- LKFF screenings will be held at: Odeon West End, Odeon Kingston, Odeon Panton Street, ICA, and Korean Cultural Centre.
- The festival will also travel to Glasgow, Bristol and Bournemouth.
- Check out the LKFF website for more info, full listings and booking deets.