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Film Screening: Brakeless

Film Screening: Brakeless

On Monday April 25th 2005, a West Japan Railway (JR West) commuter train crashed into an apartment building and killed 107 people when a driver tried to catch up with an 80-second delay. Since the accident, the official committee report has concluded that the direct cause of the accident was over-speeding and JR West have […]

Double Bill: Films by Makoto Shinkai

Double Bill: Films by Makoto Shinkai

The Japan Foundation is pleased to present a double bill of films by Makoto Shinkai, one of the most exciting animation filmmakers in Japan today. Often cited as ‘the next Miyazaki’, Shinkai produces animations which are full of stunning scenes and visuals combined with beautiful stories. The programme will included two of Shinkai’s films; his […]

London Korean Film Night: Nameless Gangster (2012)

London Korean Film Night: Nameless Gangster (2012)

On the verge of losing his job, a corrupt customs agent, Ik-hyun, finds the motherland of drug stashes. Looking to take advantage of his find, Ik-hyun is put in contact with Busan’s top gangster, Hyung-bae. The two quickly form a close bond over a sense of a loose familial tie. Reaching the top of the […]

London Korean Film Night: Concubine (2012)

London Korean Film Night: Concubine (2012)

Living a torturous life of povery and barely able to survive, Hwa-yeon (CHO) decides to offer herself as one of the king’s concubines. Once inside the royal palace, two men are immediately seized by the woman — the Grand Prince Seong-won (KIM Dong-wook), a galomaniacal ruler drunk with power and lust, and Kwon-yoo (KIM Min-jun), […]

Japanese Film Screenings at the Japan Foundation

Japanese Film Screenings at the Japan Foundation

This summer the Japan Foundation will be hosting a number of special screenings of contemporary Japanese films, from animations, comedy films through to period dramas. Saturday, 9 August, 2pm After the Flowers (Dir. Kenji Nakanishi, 2010, 107 mins, English subtitles) Saturday, 9 August, 6:30pm Barefoot Gen (Dir. Mori Masaki, 1983, 85mins, English subtitles) Friday, 15 […]

London Korean Film Night: A Dirty Carnival (2006)

London Korean Film Night: A Dirty Carnival (2006)

A poor, small-time gangster, Byung-doo, barely supports his family off the meagre pay from his boss Sang-chul. To get the big payday that he needs, he takes a job, in secret, from the head of his gangster family, to kill a bothersome Public Attorney. Successful, Byung-doo starts to live the high life until more secret […]

Korean Film Nights at the Korean Cultural Centre

Korean Film Nights at the Korean Cultural Centre

If your in need of some Eastern films and don’t have time to go to the cinema, the KCC is doing a weekly free film screening at their HQ in central London. A place to see and new movies with themes or Directors in Mind. Since they showed Thirt one of my favourite Vampire movies, […]

London Korean Film Night: THE CONTACT (1997)

London Korean Film Night: THE CONTACT (1997)

Dong-hyun, a radio DJ, has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. Lovelorn and scorned his mood is lifted when he receives a copy of a vinyl Velvet Underground LP thinking that it is a gift from his ex. Since it holds a special meaning for his demised relationship, he plays Pale Blue Eyes from the […]

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