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London Korean Film Night: The Old Garden

London Korean Film Night: The Old Garden

Anti-government protests provide the stimulus for Im Sang-soo’s romantic drama that charts a love affair across the years. In The Old Garden, we first meet activist Hyun-woo as he’s released from prison after a 17-year stint. Years of cramped, often solitary, confinement have seemingly taken their toll on Hyun-woo, who appears to find difficulty communicating […]

Nobody to Watch Over Me 誰も守ってくれない

Nobody to Watch Over Me   誰も守ってくれない

A drama depicting one of the worrying aspects of modern-day society. The film portrays the distress of a family whose son is involved in a crime and the conflict surrounding a detective sent to shelter them from public hostility. The Funamura family attracts the interest of the mass media after their first son commits a […]

London Korean Film Night: A Petal

London Korean Film Night: A Petal

Stumbling along rivers and roads in tattered, ill-fitting clothes, an unnamed girl trails a vulgar and violent man. Refusing to leave his side no matter how much the man beats, berates, and sexually assaults her, the girl follows him home. The question of what led to the mental collapse and subsequent ruination of this once […]

London Korean Film Night: The Descendants of Cain

London Korean Film Night: The Descendants of Cain

The Descendants of Cain opens on a village celebration of Korea’s recent liberation from Japanese rule. Amidst the drinking and dancing, petty rivalries and minor grudges simmer, when the party is interrupted by the threatening presence of a returning husband, Cheo. Now an officer of the Workers’ Party, Cheo is back to implement land reform, […]

London Korean Film Night: Earth

London Korean Film Night: Earth

Heo Sung, the son of a revered revolutionary leader is rescued from a life of rural poverty in order to study Law in Seoul. Passing the bar exam, the young man rises to become head of the household he once served when he marries the homeowner’s fickle daughter, Jeong-son. Typical of director Kim Ki-young’s female […]

Love and Other Cults – Film Screening and QnA with director Eiji Uchida and producer Adam Torel

Love and Other Cults – Film Screening and QnA with director Eiji Uchida and producer Adam Torel

The keenly awaited follow-up to controversial satire Lowlife Love, Love and Other Cults (Kemonomichi) is an irreverent story that crackles with energy and style depicting the lives of marginalised youth and their struggles in contemporary Japan. Having fended for herself as a child, drifting from a negligent mother to an oddball cult and a druggie […]

Murakami on Screen (Eyes on Murakami)

Murakami on Screen (Eyes on Murakami)

Eyes on Murakami is a project which examines the worlds of popular contemporary novelist Haruki Murakami, through the processes of translation, transmedial production and the gendering of his characters. As part of the project, Murakami on Screen sees film screenings at Newcastle’s historic Tyneside Cinema, which include two short films Attack on the Bakery (1982) […]

NHK World Documentary : Bacchan: Granny’s Table

NHK World Documentary : Bacchan: Granny’s Table

Chikako Nakamoto, affectionately called “Bacchan” or “Granny”, is known as the city’s Mother Theresa. For years she’s been welcoming juvenile delinquents with her homecooked meals. She believes that hunger is a trigger for acts of assault, purse snatching, shoplifting and prostitution, and that a warm meal is the first step toward rehabilitation. Some of the […]

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