London Korean Film Festival 2017 Will Screen “The Villainess” at the Regent Street Cinema on Monday September 11th, 19:30

A screening of The Villainess will take place on Monday, September 11th at 19:30 at the Regent Street Cinema. This is the final teaser screening in the run-up to the London Korean Film Festival which will be held from October 26th to November 19th. The film screening coincides with the programme launch so attendees will be able to see what else has been programmed for the festival!

The Villainess has got glowing reviews for its action making it one of the Here’s the first paragraph from Maggie Lee’s review over at Variety.

Channeling “La femme Nikita,” “Kill Bill,” Nikkatsu’s ’70s female exploitation films and a gazillion Hong Kong martial arts heroines, “The Villainess” nonetheless succeeds in being one-of-a-kind for its delirious action choreography and overall narrative dementia. Writer-director Jung Byung-gil indulges in all the excesses of South Korean screen violence, punishing his avenging angel played by Kim Ok-vin as much as she does her foes, the cumulative effect of which is a brain-melting daze for the audience.” (Maggie Lee, Variety)

Kim Ok-Vin is Gorgeous

It stars Kim Ok-Vin, who I adore but I’ve only reviewed two of her films: Thirst (in which she gives a barnstorming performance as a woman freshly turned into a vampire and insane with the lust and power) and Behind the Camera (a comedy involving the top actors in Korea making a train-wreck of a film.

The Villainess was at FrightFest where a couple of friends of mine saw it and one wrote a review which you can read here.

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London Korean Film Festival 2017 Will Screen “A Taxi Driver” at the Picturehouse Central Cinema on Monday August 14th, 18:30

The UK premiere of A Taxi Driver will take place on Monday, August 14th at 18:30 as part of the London Korean Film Festivals teaser screenings in the lead-up to the next London Korean Film Festival which will be held from October 26th to November 19th.

A Taxi Driver is a road-movie based on the true story of a taxi driver named Kim Sa-bok taking a German reporter named Jurgen Hinzpeter to cover the Gwangju Uprising (May 18th – 27th, 1980). The film stars Song Kang-ho (The Quiet Family, Joint Security Area, Thirst) and Yu Hae-jin (Public Enemy, Kick the Moon, The Flu, Veteran). It’s released on August 02nd in Korea so to have it released in the UK so soon is a great deal!

Here are the details:

A Taxi Driver Film Poster

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London Korean Film Festival 2017 Will Screen “Bluebeard” at the Regent Street Cinema on Monday July 10th at 19:30

The London Korean Film Festival will have a special screening of Lee Soo-Yeon’s 2016 thriller Bluebeard at the Regent Street Cinema in London. This is the UK premiere and it will take place on Monday, July 10th at 19:30. The film will be screened at the Arts Picturehouse Cambridge on July 24th at 18:30. It is one of a series screenings in the lead-up to the next London Korean Film Festival held later in the year to tease audiences as to some of the great films that will be programmed.

It says a lot about Korea’s film industry that the London Korean Film Festival can keep screening a contemporary film every month as part of its teaser series and still be sure of having a great programme when it launches at the end of the year. 

The visual style of this look slick and some scenes remind me of Japanese horror films from around 2000. It’s written and directed by a woman named Lee Soo-Yeon and this is her sophomore film. There is a big gap between her works so it will be interesting to see when she next makes a film and how far her career goes. I think, judging by reviews and visuals from screencaps, she’s a real talent to watch. While some people think her work is too complicated (Toronto Film Scene), others think the mystery is impressive (Hancinema). All are agreed that the visuals are top-notch:

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Regardless, here are the details:

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Korean Drama “The King” Gets its UK Premiere at the Picturehouse Central cinema on June 12th

The London Korean Film Festival has revealed the fourth of its teaser screenings in the form of The King, a film billed as the Korean Wolf of Wall Street. Audiences will be able to enjoy seeing the rich and powerful wallow in their avarice and the drama in seeing them rise and fall. The trailer looks flashy enough!

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Korean Comedy “Queen of Walking” Gets its UK Premiere at London’s Regent Street Cinema on May 22nd and Cambridge Picturehouse Screening on May 29th

The London Korean Film Festival is hosting another of its teaser screenings in the form of Queen of Walking, a hit comedy starring Shim Eun-kyung an actor most famous for her role in the 2014 box-office smash Miss Granny. The Regent Street Cinema is playing host to the UK premiere of the film on May 22nd while the Cambridge Picturehouse will screen it on May 29th.

Here are the details:

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London Korean Film Festival 2017 Will Screen the Korean Film “Missing” at the Picturehouse Central On April 10th

The London Korean Film Festival will have a special screening of E Oni’s 2016 thriller “Missing” at the Picturehouse Central cinema in London’s West End. This is the UK premiere and it will take place on Monday, April 10th at 18:30. It is one of two screenings in the lead-up to the next London Korean Film Festival held later in the year to tease audiences as to some of the great films that will be programmed.

Missing Film Posters

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