2015 London East Asia Film Festival

The inaugural London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) will be taking place from the 23rd to the 25th October 2015

LEAFF’s festival director, Hye-Jung Jeon (former director of the London Korean Film Festival) and Chris Fujiwara, former artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival are delighted to launch this ‘0th’ edition of LEAFF 2015. It will highlight the excitement, range, and achievement of major films from Korea, China, Japan and East Asian and the festival’s mission will aim to take UK audiences on a continuously unfolding adventure of cinematic discovery. The programme will cover a wide range of quality cinema: films for general audiences, the latest in stylish hits from horror and action genres, and a carefully curated selection of titles that represent remarkable artistic achievement in independent cinema. Presenting these films as UK and European premieres, LEAFF will give audiences the chance to become acquainted with national cinemas and new to the west.

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OPENING GALA EVENT: VETERAN (2015)
Special Guest : Director Ryoo Seung-wan & Producer Kang Hye-Jung
Friday, 23rd October 2015 (7 PM)
Odeon Leicester Square

With over 11 million box office hits, Ryoo Seung-wan’s blockbuster film will be shown at Odeon’s Leicester Square cinema on the evening of Friday 23 October! After the film will also feature Chief Programmer Chris Fujiwara’s on-stage Q&A with Veteran’s director Ryoo (City of Violence, The Unjust, The Berlin File) and producer Kang Hye-Jung. Veteran pits rule-breaking but incorruptible police detective Seo Do-cheol (Hwang Jung-min) against superrich, sociopathic corporate heir Cho Tae-oh (Yoo Ah-in). This comic action extrava-ganza takes us on an exciting, often very funny ride through Korea’s social divisions and rough justice (Gangnam-style or otherwise), and features the kind of thrilling, elaborate and hilariously over-the-top action sequences that have become Ryoo’s stock in trade. Released in domestic cinemas in August, the film has already struck a chord with local audiences, becoming one of the most popular films of all time in Korea.

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