London Korean Film Festival Announces Full Programme for 2018

LKFF2018 The ReturnThe London Korean Film Festival returns for its 13th year kicking off in London on 1st November before touring to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, and Belfast. Opening with indie drama Microhabitat, the theme for this year’s edition is “a slice of everyday life” while the festival will also offer a selection of current hits, independent features, shorts, animation, and a few classics before bringing the London leg to a close on 14th November with Malene Choi’s The Return.

Opening

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  • Microhabitat – A young woman living hand-to-mouth decides rent is an unnecessary expense in the debut feature from Jeon Go-woon who will also be present for a Q&A. Review.

Closing

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  • The Return – A Danish Korean adoptee returns to Korea looking for her history in a semi-autobiographical fiction debut from documentarian Malene Choi. Actress Karoline Sofie Lee will be present for a Q&A.

Special Focus: A Slice of Everyday Life

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  • The Power of Kangwon Province – a woman goes on holiday and ends up spending the night with a married policeman while an adulterous professor decides to visit the same area in the second film from Hong Sang-soo.
  • Christmas in August – 1998 romantic drama from genre master Hur Jin-ho in which a photographer falls in love with a terminally ill woman.
  • This Charming Girl – an isolated young woman develops a fondness for a shy writer but struggles to overcome past trauma.
  • Grain in Ear – second feature from A Quiet Dream‘s  Zhang Lu in which a woman of Korean ethnicity in North East China makes a living illegally selling kimchee.
  • Treeless Mountain – two little girls have to learn to look after themselves when their mum leaves them with relatives to go and look for their long absent dad.
  • The Journals of Musan – Park Jung-bum’s 2011 film in which he also stars as one of two North Korean defectors trying to adjust to life in the South.
  • Bleak Night – a father investigates the death of his son.
  • Alive – Park Jung-bum directs himself in his 2014 drama about a worker in a soybean paste factory.
  • The Bacchus Lady – Youn Yuh-jung stars as an elderly prostitute in E J-yong’s exploration of life on the margins. Review
  • The Running Actress – actress Moon So-ri steps behind the camera for three connected shorts each inspired by her real life and shot through with self deprecating humour. Review.
  • The Poet and the Boy – a middle-aged, unhappily married poet (Yang Ik-june) is suddenly struck by the beauty of a handsome young man.
  • Possible Faces – a young couple take different paths after splitting up in Lee Kang-hyun’s gentle drama.
  • Mothers – a woman becomes the guardian of the illegtimate son of her late husband in the second film from Lee Dong-eun (In Between Seasons)
  • The Land of Seonghye – Seonghye falls from the corporate ladder in Jung Hyung-suk’s indie drama.

Cinema Now

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  • Heart Blackened – Jung Ji-woo remakes Fei Xing’s Silent Witness in which a wealthy CEO hires a fancy lawyer to defend his daughter who has been charged with the murder of her step-mother, a famous pop-star.
  • Love+Sling – father and son wrestlers face off when the girl next door turns down the son’s confession because she likes the dad…
  • The Princess and the Matchmaker – thematic sequel to The Face Reader starring Shim Eun-kyung as a princess who prefers the astronomer brought in to find the perfect match to anyone he suggests.
  • Seven Years of Night – thriller taking place over seven years beginning with the death of an innocent girl. Q&A chaired by Anton Bitel.
  • Little Forest – a lost young woman retreats to her country home in Yim Soon-rye’s take on the much loved Japanese manga. Review.
  • The Witness – a middle-aged salaryman witnesses a murder but selfishly keeps quiet even as the death toll rises.
  • Hotel by the River – the latest (?) from Hong Sang-soo in which a poet and his two estranged sons chat about death .

Woman’s Voices

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  • Hit the Night – Bitch on the Beach‘s Jeong Ga-young once again stars as an extremely forward screenwriter “interviewing” her crush on the pretext of research. Jeong Ga-young will be present for a Q&A moderated by Sophie Brown as well as for a director talk at Kingston University at 11.30am on 7th November.
  • For Vagina’s Sake – documentary in which director Kim Bo-ram travels around the world exploring attitudes to menstruation.
  • Grown Up – filmmaker Jang Hye-yeong chronicles the process of bringing her disabled sister home to live with her in Seoul.
  • Women’s Voices Shorts Programme

Indie Firepower

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  • Motel Cactus – a series of encounters take place at a love hotel in Seoul. Introduction by Tony Rayns.
  • Camel(s) – a middle-aged couple have a lengthy one night stand in Park Ki-yong’s indie drama. Park Ki-yong will be present for a Q&A.
  • Old Love – Park Ki-yong’s most recent film in which old lovers reconnect at Incheon airport. Park Ki-yong will be present for a Q&A.
  • Adulthood  – a 14-year-old girl’s life is turned upside-down when her long lost uncle shows up at her father’s funeral and cheats her out of her inheritance. In order to get the money back she has to pose as his daughter so he can scam a lonely pharmacist. Review.
  • Back From The Beat – an aspiring DJ’s life is disrupted when he makes an unwise remark about employment rights. Introduction by Tony Rayns.

Contemporary Classics: Lee Myung-se & The 1990s

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The subject for this year’s classic film special focus is director Lee Myung-se who began his career with Gagman back in 1988.  Lee will be present at each of the screenings for a Q&A. 

  • My Love, My Bride – Park Joong-hoon and Choi Jin-sil star as a mismatched couple in Lee’s romantic comedy.
  • First Love – an aspiring actress falls head over heels for a chain smoking writer from Seoul.
  • Their Last Love Affair – a married poet falls for a journalist who said some nice things about his work… screening with Short Can’t Live Without You

Animation

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  • The Shower – animation based on a short story by Hwang Sun-won in which a young boy becomes fascinated by a girl who plays by the stream.
  • Pororo, Dinosaur Island Adventure – Cute penguin Pororo returns for another adventure in which he travels to a tropical island to save some dinosaurs from a greedy alien and his robot minions.

Mise-en-scene Shorts

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Artist Video

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The London Korean Film Festival runs 1st – 14th November in London before touring the country until 25th November. Full details for all the films as well as screening times and ticketing information are available via the official website and you can keep up with all the latest news by following the festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

BFI London Film Festival Confirms Complete Programme for 2018

1272508_burning_924331The BFI London Film Festival returns for 2018 with a packed programme of the best in recent international cinema. As usual there are a fair few East Asian films on offer including the long awaited return from Lee Chang-dong, the latest from Jia Zhang-ke, and Bi Gan’s 3D followup to Kaili Blues.

Cambodia

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  • The Prey – Jimmy Henderson’s Jailbreak followup follows an undercover cop arrested during an operation who subsequently gets drawn into a corrupt prison warden’s sideline of sending prisoners out as targets for hunters while the Chinese military plan a rescue mission.

China

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  • Ash is Purest White – in the latest from Jia Zhang-ke, Zhao Tao plays a gangster’s moll who goes to prison on his behalf only to find that her loyalty has not been valued.
  • Dead Pigs – Cathy Yan satirises the modern Chinese economy through the tales of a collection of people caught up in the machinations of a shady real estate conglomerate.
  • Long Day’s Journey into Night – a man returns to his home village after many years for his father’s funeral and to look for lost love in Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues followup.
  • Shadow – Zhang Yimou returns to the world of period epics with a tale of proxy war as a great general (Deng Chao) makes use of a double to combat palace intrigue.
  • Suburban Birds – an engineer finds a diary of a boy with the same name giving way to a tale of adventure when one of the boy’s friends goes missing in Qiu Sheng’s debut feature.

Hong Kong

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  • A Family Tour – A Chinese director living in exile in Hong Kong travels to Taipei to present a controversial film banned in the Mainland, but also to see her mother who is travelling around the island on an old persons’ package tour. Not wanting to attract attention, she follows the coach around pretending to be a local.

Indonesia

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  • May the Devil Take You – a young woman pays a long overdue visit to her estranged father who is dying. With doctors unable to identify a cause for his condition, the supernatural begins to raise its head.

Japan

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  • Asako I & II – Ryusuke Hamaguchi adapts Tomoka Shibasaki’s novel in which a young woman spots a man who looks exactly like her long absent lover in cafe, only he has a completely different personality.
  • Mirai – a little boy learns to cope with the arrival of his baby sister in the latest from Mamoru Hosoda.
  • Of Love & Law – Hikaru Toda reunites with Love Hotel’s Kazu and Fumi and explores their lives and work at an Osakan law firm specialising in minority issues. Review.

Korea

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  • Believer – Lee Hae-young offers a Korean take on Johnnie To’s Drug War.
  • Burning – the long awaited return by Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong, Burning adapts a short story by Haruki Murakami and revolves around three people – a novelist, another man, and a fashion model, as they become embroiled in a strange incident.
  • Last Child – moving drama in which a bereaved family takes in the boy their son died saving only to discover all is not as it seems. Review.
  • Little Forest – gentle tale in which a wounded young woman retreats to her country home to figure things out. Review.
  • The Spy Gone North – Yoon Jong-bin’s thriller follows a South Korean spy on an infiltration mission in the North.

The festival will also be previewing the first two episodes of Park Chan-wook’s BBC TV series, The Little Drummer Girl.

Events

  • Lee Chang-dong screentalk – director Lee Chang-dong will be taking part in a screentalk at the BFI on 20th October, 12pm

The BFI London Film Festival takes place at various venues across the city from 10th – 21st October 2018. Full details for all the films as well as screening times and ticketing information are available via the official website. Priority booking opens for Patrons on 4th September, for Champions on 5th September, and Members 6th September, with general ticket sales available from 13th September. You can also keep up to date with all the latest news via the festival’s Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram, and YouTube channels.

Camera Japan Announces Complete Programme for 2018

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Camera Japan, the premiere Dutch showcase for Japanese film, returns for its 13th edition this September with another fantastic selection of recent indie and mainstream cinema. This year’s classic section will also present four films from horror maestro Nobuo Nakagawa including his celebrated adaptation of Yotsuya Kaidan.

Contemporary cinema

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  • Being Natural – a rural man’s peaceful existence is threatened by hipster hippies from Tokyo who insist on opening a cafe in his house. Review.
  • blank 13 – a young man gets to know his late father through guests at the funeral in the directorial debut from actor Takumi Saitoh.
  • The Blood of Wolves – Koji Shirashi pays homage to Battles Without Honour in a tale of dodgy cops and treacherous yakuza. Review.
  • Call Boy – a haunted young man becomes a gigalo in the latest from Daisuke Miura.
  • Cyclops – a man recently released after serving time for the death of his wife goes after the “real” killer in this twisty neo-noir. Review.
  • Dear Etranger – a divorced father has married again and has two step-daughters but is conflicted on hearing that his second wife is pregnant. Review.
  • Death Row Family – the son of a yakuza boss is falsely imprisoned and then forced to commit a crime when he gets out in the black comedy debut of Yuki Kobayashi.
  • Destiny, The Tale of Kamakura – An absent minded writer goes on a quest to the afterworld when his wife is taken there by mistake. Review.
  • Dynamite Graffiti – biopic following porn pioner Akira Suei through ’70s and ’80s Japan. Review.
  • Flower and Sword – historical comedy about a Buddhist monk obsessed with flower arranging.
  • Foreboding – prequel to Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Before We Vanish in which a factory worker worried about her husband’s strange behaviour stumbles on the alien invasion. Review.
  • Ice Cream and the Sound of Raindrops– astonishing one take teen drama in which a group of youngsters rehearsing a production of Simon Stephens’ Morning react to having their play abruptly canceled. Review.
  • Inuyashiki – superhero action in which an old man and an angry teen get a cyborg upgrade on the same day. Review.
  • Kanazawa Shutter Girl – manga adaptation in which a disaffected teen tries to reconnect with the present through photography.
  • Liverleaf – a bullied transfer student fights back in this strangely pitched revenge drama. Review.
  • Moon and Thunder – a young woman from a disordered family background strives for a “normal” life but is forced to confront the past when a childhood friend resurfaces. Review.
  • Mori, the Artist’s Habitat – portrait of eccentric artist Mori Kumagai by master of the surreal Shuichi Okita. Review.
  • One Cut of the Dead – Real zombies mess up the shoot for a horror movie in Shinichiro Ueda’s hilarious comedy. Review.
  • Pumpkin and Mayonnaise – a young woman working as a hostess to support her musician boyfriend is tempted by the resurfacing of an ex. Review.
  • Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch – yokai horror anthology from Yudai Yamaguchi.
  • Room Laundering – a young woman who house sits in apartments where bad things happened develops the ability to see ghosts. Review.
  • The Scythian Lamb – a depopulating town joins a scheme to rehome low risk ex-cons in Daihachi Yoshida’s thoughtful drama. Review.
  • Tokyo Vampire Hotel – feature cutdown of Sion Sono’s epic TV series about a war between rival vampire clans. Review.
  • Tremble All You Want – a shy young woman is forced to break out of her fantasy bubble when a co-worker shows an interest in her. Review.
  • The Trial – John Williams relocates Kafka’s The Trial to modern day Tokyo.

Documentary

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  • The Adventure of Tobisuke – a puppeteer suffers a head injury saving a woman’s life and can only count up to three but her mother knows of a golden fruit which can restore his memory…
  • Black Cat Mansion – a doctor takes his sickly wife to a nobleman’s house where she can recover in peace only she begins having strange visions…
  • The Ghost of Yotsuya – an ambitious samurai falls in love but is refused marriage on the grounds of his lowly status. He kills his bride’s father and marries her anyway only to consider killing her too when he gets a better offer…
  • Jigoku – a theology student who blames himself for a deadly car crash makes his way to the gates of hell…

Animation

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  • Brave Storm – mecha adventure in which heroes from the future come back to the present to stop aliens taking over.
  • A Letter to Momo – a girl moves to a remote island following the death of her father and makes friends with a series of yokai.
  • Mary and the Witch’s Flower – a bored little girl embraces her magic destiny when she finds a flower that gives her witch’s powers for one night only. Review.
  • Pom Poko – Tanuki fight back in this charming Studio Ghibli anime from the late Isao Takahata.

Camera Japan 2018 takes place across two weekends in Rotterdam (26 – 30th September) and Amsterdam (4th – 7th October). Full information on all the films as well as ticketing links can be found on the official website. You can also keep up to date with all the latest news via Camera Japan’s official Facebook pageTwitter account, and Instagram channel.

Raindance Film Festival to Host Four East Asian World Premieres

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A Crimson Star  (Japan, World Premiere)

Crimson Star still 1Shy schoolgirl Yo bonds with nurse Yayoi during a hospital stay. When she runs into her again some time later it’s under very different circumstances – Yayoi has become a sex worker. Trapped in an abusive home, Yo eventually decamps to Yayoi’s and demands to stay the summer, but Yayoi’s burgeoning romance threatens to destroy their fragile bond…

Bad Poetry Tokyo  (Japan) 

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Feelings to Tell  (China, World Premiere)

Screenshot 2018-08-22 16.48.10A painter journeys into the mountains and falls in love with a local girl destined to become a mountain goddess.

Love at Least (Japan, World Premiere) 

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Matsuchiyo – Life Of a Geisha (Japan, World Premiere)

Matsuchiyo - Life Of a Geisha still 1Ghostroads director Ken Nishikawa returns to Raindance with an extremely personal documentary as he examines the life of his mother – a geisha.

Room Laundering (Japan)

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The End of Wind (China)

end of wind still 1A white collar worker in the middle of an existential crisis, an ex-con recently released from prison after being convicted of a crime he did not commit, and a refugee from North Korea seek release but find only more emptiness in the debut feature from Fog Forest.

Raindance Film Festival takes place at Vue Piccadilly, 26th September to 7th October. Tickets are already on sale via the official website. You can also keep up with all the latest details via the festival’s official Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram, and YouTube channels.

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Koreeda, Lee Chang-dong, Jia Zhangke in packed East Asian Programme

Aasako 1 & IIThe Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) returns from 6th to 16th September and, as usual, brings with it an impressive selection of highly anticipated cinema from East Asia including Koreeda’s Shoplifters, the latest from Zhang Yimou and Jia Zhangke, and a long awaited return from Lee Chang-dong.

Cambodia

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  • Graves Without a Name – Rithy Panh’s documentary followup to The Missing Picture explores the continuing effects of the Cambodian genocide.

China

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  • An Elephant Sitting Still – four troubled people make their way to Manzhouli where an elephant is said to be sitting still, free of worldly troubles in the first, and sadly last, film from Hu Bo who took his own life shortly after the film’s completion.
  • Ash Is Purest White – Zhao Tao stars in Jia Zhangke’s latest attempt to chart the course of modern China through crime thriller as a gangster’s moll takes the fall for her man only to be released and discover the world has changed and he has someone new.
  • Baby – Yang Mi stars as a woman who was abandoned at birth because of a genetic defect and tries to stop the same thing happening to another baby in Liu Jie’s latest social drama.
  • Hidden Man – Eddie Peng stars in Jiang Wen’s ’30s epic as a spy who comes back to China with revenge on his mind but finds himself in the middle of something much bigger.
  • Legend of the Demon Cat – Director’s Cut – Chen Kaige directs Shota Sometani as a monk who comes to China to study and ends up investigating a mysterious cat entity with the help of an eccentric poet (Huang Xuan)
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night – a man returns to his home village after many years for his father’s funeral and to look for lost love in Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues followup.
  • Shadow – Zhang Yimou returns to the world of period epics with a tale of proxy war as a great general (Deng Chao) makes use of a double to combat palace intrigue.
  • The Crossing – a schoolgirl turns smuggler to keep up with a wealthy friend in Bai Xue’s coming of age drama.

Japan

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  • Asako I & II – Ryusuke Hamaguchi adapts Tomoka Shibasaki’s novel in which a young woman spots a man who looks exactly like her long absent lover in cafe, only he has a completely different personality.
  • Complicity – first time director Kei Chikaura charts a course of cross cultural interaction through the tale of an undocumented man from China trying to survive in Japan who is unexpectedly offered the chance to become an apprentice to a soba chef.
  • Killing – Shinya Tsukamoto takes on the samurai drama as a ronin (Sosuke Ikematsu) falls for a farmer’s daughter (Yu Aoi) while the winds of change blow all around them.
  • Shoplifters – Hirokazu Koreeda’s Palme d’Or winning drama follows a family of shoplifters who take in an abused little girl.
  • Vision – Juliette Binoche goes rare herb hunting in Japan in the latest from Naomi Kawase.

Korea

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  • Burning – Lee Chang-dong makes a long awaited return with an adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story in which a lonely author’s burgeoning crush on a childhood friend is threatened by a wealthy playboy.
  • Hotel by the River – Hong Sang-soo’s latest follows a poet, his sons, and two women to a gloomy hotel.
  • Our Body – a disaffected middle-aged woman becomes obsessed with a graceful female runner in Han Ka-ram’s pressing social drama.

Singapore

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Taiwan

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  • Cities of Last Things – Ho Wi Ding works backwards from the suicide of a depressed policeman to find out what prompted him to take his own life.

Thailand

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  • Manta Ray – a fisherman takes in a Rohingya refugee in the debut film from Phuttiphong Aroonpheng.

Tibet

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  • Jinpa – delivery driver Jinpa knocks over a sheep and then finds himself picking up a hitchhiker also called Jinpa who is on a journey to avenge the death of his father.

Vietnam

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  • The Third Wife – a 14-year-old girl becomes the third wife of a wealthy landowner in 19th century Vietnam.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from 6 – 16th September, 2018.

The complete festival programme as well as full information on all the films can be found on the festival’s official website, and you can keep up with all the latest details through the official Facebook pageTwitter account, Instagram and YouTube channels.

Asian Pop-Up Cinema Returns for Season Seven

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Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema returns for its seventh season from 12th September to 14th November with eight film screenings to take place at AMC River East 21 plus an additional nine films screening for free at various venues around the city.

Sept. 12, 7pm: Adulthood

Introduction and Q&A with Director Kim In-seon and Actress Lee Jae-in.

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14-year-old Kyung-un meets her uncle Jae-min for the first time at her father’s funeral. Jae-min is, as it turns out, a conman and even cons his bereaved niece out of her inheritance. To get her money back, Kyung-un agrees to pose as Jae-min’s daughter so he can woo his next mark lonely pharmacist Jum-hee, but not everything goes to plan…

Sept. 19, 7pm: Smaller and Smaller Circles

Introduction and Q&A with Director Raya Martin

SmallerAndSmallerCirclesRaya Martin adapts the novel by F.H. Batacan in which two priests investigate a series of killings targeting young boys in the slums of Manila.

Sept. 25, 6.30pm: Namiya

Free screening at Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center

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Three orphans hole up in a disused shop which used to belong to an agony uncle (played by Jacki Chan!) in Han Jie’s adaptation of the Keigo Higashino novel. Review.

Sept. 26, 7pm: Sad Beauty

Introduction and Q&A with Director Bongkod Bencharongkul

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Actress Bongkod Bencharongkul steps behind the camera for her second directorial outing in which the friendship of two women is tested by the need to dispose of a body.

Sept.28: Singing with Angry Bird

Free screening at Illinois Institute of Technology. Time TBC.

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Korean Kim Jae-chang runs a children’s choir in Pune, India and has earned the nickname “Angry Bird” thanks to his fiery temper. Though the choir has had a positive effect on the children’s lives, some of the parents have yet to see the value and so Angry Bird has decided to train the parents alongside the children for a joint concert.

Oct. 2, 7pm: Concerto of the Bully

Introduction and Q&A with Director Fung Chih-chiang and Art Director Chet Chan 

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Chow, a singersongwriter popular on the internet, has been captured and is being held against her will on a raft while waiting for her pop-star boyfriend to pay the ransom. Gifted with extremely good aural memory, she decides to offer “musical therapy” to the kidnapper in order to facilitate her escape…

Oct. 3, 7pm: When the Sun Meets the Moon

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Astrology fans Sun and Moon meet during a power cut following a freak rainstorm in 1992. They fall in love but Sun is sent away to boarding school and eventually leaves the country. Their love, however, endures…

Oct. 6: Any Way the Wind Blows

Free screening. Time/location TBC

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A civil servant accidentally invites the Tokyo Wind Orchestra to Yakushima by mistake having intended to invite a more prestigious organisation. Realising they weren’t wanted, the musicians attempt to leave the island but find themselves trapped by the civil servant who is desperate to cover up her error…

Oct. 24, 7pm: Walking Past the Future

Introduction and Q&A with director Lee Rui-jin and producer Zhang Min

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Yang Yao-ting’s parents have been forced to return to their home village in Gansu after losing their jobs in Shenzhen but after 25 years pretty much everything has changed. Hoping to get her family a home in the city, Yang Yao-ting finds herself returning to Gansu as a volunteer in a series of high risk medical tests…

Oct. 26, 2pm: Ritoma

Free screening at Flashpoint Chicago

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Ruby Yang’s documentary focuses on the unlikely popularity of basketball among nomadic tribes in Tibet.

Oct. 27, 2pm: Made in Vietnam

Free Screening at Chinese-American Museum of Chicago

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Thi Vo left Vietnam for Hong Kong as a child after the war, later emigrating to Canada when he was four years old. Thirty years later he attempts to find his father and discover the secrets of his past.

Nov. 8, 7pm: Dear Ex

Introduction and Q&A with Director Hsu Chih-yen.

Dear Ex still 1Chengxi’s dad has just died. He’d left the family sometime before and despite the best efforts of Chengxi’s mum, Chengxi knew perfectly well that it was to be with another man. The problem now is Chengxi’s dad has left everything to his new partner Jay and Chengxi’s mum is not at all happy about it…  Review.

Nov. 3: Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections

Free Screening at Illinois Institute of Technology. Time TBC.

A co-production between the Tokyo International Film Festival and Japan Foundation Asia Center, Asian Three Fold Mirror: Reflections features three short films – one from Japan, one from the Philippines and another from Cambodia.

Shiniuma – Filipino director Brillante Ma Mendoza tells the story of Marcial who is forced to return to the Philippines after years living in Japan.

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Pigeon – Isao Yukisada follows a Japanese man living in Penang who raises pigeons on his roof.

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Beyond the Bridge – a Japanese man building a bridge in Phnom Penh falls in love with a local girl and vows to marry her, but…

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Nov. 11, 1pm: Happy Hour

Free Screening at The Screening Room at the Ambassador Hotel

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Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s five hour exploration of the everyday lives of a group of middle-aged women living in Kobe.

Nov. 14, 7pm: One Cut of the Dead

Introduction and Q&A with Actor Takayuki Hamatsu

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A horror shoot is invaded by real zombies in Shinichiro Ueda’s anarchic comedy! Review.

Full details for all the films are available via Asian Pop-Up Cinema’s official website. You can also keep up with all the latest news by following Asian Pop-up Cinema on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

London Korean Film Festival 2018: Documentary Fortnight

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The London Korean Film Festival has always made a space for documentary in its packed out programme but for this year’s edition they’ve decided to go a little further and give it a spotlight of its own with two weekends dedicated to the art. On August 11/12, and 18/19, six short and feature lengths films will be screened with directors Kim Dong-won and Song Yun-hyeok making an appearance to present their work.

11th August – Birkbeck Cinema

11.30am: A Slice Room

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Song Yun-hyeok examines the social reality behind the prosperous facade of contemporary Korean society through the lives of those living in “slice rooms”. Director Song Yun-hyeok will also be in conversation with Nam In Young following the screening.

2.30pm: The Sanggyedong Olympics / The 6 Day Struggle at the Myeongdong

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Kim Dong-won’s 1988 documentary Sanggyedong Olympics follows the resistance movement towards urban regeneration amongst a community north of Seoul who had been unfairly evicted from their homes without proper compensation or adequate time to find new accommodation. Kim planned to stay only one day but ended up living amongst the community for three years.

The 6 Day Struggle at the Myeongdong Cathedral, completed during 1996-7, looks back at the pivotal 1987 sit-in which became a catalyst for the June democracy movement.

Following the two short docs, Kim Dong-won will also be in conversation with Nam In Young.

12th August – Birkbeck Cinema 

1.30pm: Repatriation 

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In what many consider his masterpiece, Kim Dong-won examines the lives of the “unconverted” – North Korean “spies” who refuse to renounce their communist beliefs despite longterm imprisonment in the South. Refused the possibility of returning to the North on release, most were left without support in South Korea facing economic hardship and social stigma, dependent on solidarity networks to help them integrate into society. Kim follows two such men over a decade as they try to rebuild their lives in the fluctuating political climate of the ’90s.

The film will be followed by a conversation with Kim Dong-won chaired by Chris Berry.

4.45pm: Roundtable 

A roundtable panel discussion chaired by Professor Chris Berry discussing the Korean independent documentary scene from the late ’80s to the present. Nam In Young of Dongseo University will provide an overview of filmmaking collectives within the sociopolitical history of South Korea while directors Kim Dong-won and Song Yun-hyeok will be on hand to offer their personal experiences.

18th August – Korean Cultural Centre

3pm: Soseongri 

SKOREA-FILM-DIPLOMACY-DEFENCEPark Bae-il’s Soseongri follows a community of elderly farmers facing rural depopulation problems who find themselves in conflict with the police when the decision is taken to place the THAAD anti-aircraft system in their village.

19th August – Korean Cultural Centre

3pm: Jung Il-woo, My Friend 

Jung Il-woo, My Friend 

Kim Dong-won’s most recent film pays tribute to North American Jesuit priest, Jung Il-woo, who dedicated his life to improving the lives of the poor in South Korea.

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