A cinematic slice of everyday life in Korea

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The London Korean Film Festival runs from 1-14 November at various venues across London, before going on tour around the country, with screenings in Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Manchester and Nottingham between 16-25 November.


‘A Slice of Everyday Life’

A special focus of some of the films in this year’s festival is the intimate stories of day-to-day life, which are replicated all around us.  This genre of film contrasts markedly with the typical big-budget Hollywood blockbusters, that take us into the realms of fantasy and escapism.  ‘A Slice of Everyday Life’ deliberately celebrates the ‘everydayness’ of existence, involving subtle family dramas and poetic stories of ordinary people.

The ‘A Slice of Everyday Life’ season kicks off with a special focus forum at Picturehouse Central on 3 November, involving a panel discussion, moderated by writer and broadcaster Danny Leigh, and with speakers Jang Byungwon, Kim Yang-hee, Colin O’Toole, and Yang Ik-June.


Film schedule

Films, which are being screened in the ‘A Slice of Everyday Life’ strand include:

  • The Land of Seonghye – directed by Jung Hyung-suk – 3 November – Picturehouse Central
  • The Poet and the Boy – directed by Kim Yang-hee – 3 November – Picturehouse Central
  • Treeless Mountain – directed by Kim So-yong – 3 November – Phoenix Cinema
  • Breathless – directed by Yang Ik-june – 4 November – Picturehouse Central
  • The Bacchus Lady – directed by E J-Yong – 4 November – Rio Cinema
  • Christmas in August – directed by Hur Jin-ho – 4 November – Phoenix Cinema
  • Mothers – directed by Lee Dong-eun – 5 November – Picturehouse Central
  • Bleak Night – directed by Yoon Sung-hyun – 9 November – Regent Street Cinema
  • Grain in Ear – directed by Zhang Lu – 10 November – Regent Street Cinema
  • This Charming Girl – directed by Lee Yoon-ki – 10 November – Regent Street Cinema
  • The Journals of Musan – directed by Park Jung-bum – 11 November – Regent Street Cinema
  • Alive – directed by Park Jung-bum – 13 November – Regent Street Cinema


Modern Korea: Culture and Society

SOAS University of London run a module Modern Korea: Culture and Society on their undergraduate courses BA Korean and BA Korean Studies.

The module provides an introduction to the main features of contemporary Korean culture and society, including areas such as demography, gender, education and religion, and looks at the global rise of Korean popular culture, particularly films, TV dramas, and K-Pop.


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