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Korean Cinema Echoes

Korean Cinema Echoes

A college student (Tae-hyun Cha) becomes involved with a self-centered young woman (Ji-hyun Jun) who humiliates him at every turn. Director: Kwak Jae-yong Running Time: 122 Screening Date: November 25, 2015 Theatre: Sheffield Halam University

A Swordsman in the Twilight

A Swordsman in the Twilight

A mysterious swordsman wanders into town. He saves a girl from abduction by brutal policemen. One of them recognises him and runs to the local government compound to give warning: Kim Dae-won has returned, no doubt seeking vengeance. Kim attacks the compound, killing or capturing all the police, and takes the county governor hostage. As […]

Sunset on the Sarbin River

Sunset on the Sarbin River

A Korean college student, his name japanised as Masumoto, feels compelled to join the Imperial Army and do his bit for the war. To his fellow Korean recruits, he seems a martinet, much too eager to try to prove himself as the equal of the Japanese. He gets promoted and rejoins the unit as officer […]

How to Steal a Dog

How to Steal a Dog

Since her family went bankrupt and her father ran off, schoolgirl Ji-so (Lee Re) has been living with her mother (Kang Hae-jung) and her brother (Hong Eun-taek) in a pizza van. Deeply embarrassed by her situation, Ji-so desperately wants to live a normal life in a house but her mother is barely making ends meet […]

A Bonanza

A Bonanza

A young sailor arrives in Busan Harbour; an outrageous-looking, woolly bear of a man appears in downtown Busan with a shotgun over one shoulder, a heavy knapsack thrown over the other; a tough-looking young woman joins her friend in robbing a naïve fat man in a suit. The strands of character and story will slowly […]

The Good, The Bad, The Weird

The Good, The Bad, The Weird

In the course of his ‘normal’ thieving activities in ancient Manchuria, The Weird / Yoon Tae-goo (Song Kang-ho) comes into possession of a mysterious map while robbing a train. The map in question has been sold by an underworld crime boss who has employed a ruthless, vain and insecure bandit, The Bad / Chang-yi (Lee […]

The Shameless

The Shameless

A crime drama about emotional evisceration. Criminal enforcer Joon-gil (Park Sung-woong) has murdered a man the audience never meets. Motivation is extrapolated: the victim was threatening his lover, Hye-kyung (Jeon Do-yeon). Now hunted by his former employer, a shady influential corporation, which has the ear of the corrupter elements of the police force, the authorities […]

The Classified File

The Classified File

Kwak’s magnificent thriller recreates a real-life Busan kidnapping case from 1978, and opens with a whirlwind montage of student protests, news clips and pop-culture imagery to evoke time under military government – and the police corruption that was rampant. Eun-joo, young daughter of a wealthy magnate, is kidnapped on her way home from school. At […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club