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London Korean Film Night: Bandhobi (2009)

London Korean Film Night: Bandhobi (2009)

Bandhobi is a story about the crossover between two different cultures and the friendship it can spark. As the title suggests, “female friend” in Bengali, the film follows the evolving relationship between Min-seo, a 17-year old rebellious Korean girl, and Karim, a 29-year old Muslim migrant worker from Bangladesh. This character-driven film subtly explores many […]

London Korean Film Night: Burmese On The Roof (2016)

London Korean Film Night: Burmese On The Roof (2016)

In the industrial suburb of Masoek we find three foreign workers sharing a prefab hut built on their factory’s rooftop. This documentary offers a gaze into their lives, shifting its focus away from issues often associated with immigrants, taking a look at their personalities and everyday existence instead. Through very concise interviews, their plans and […]

London Korean Film Night: Missing (2016)

London Korean Film Night: Missing (2016)

A special LKFF screening of E Oni’s gripping new thriller. The director utilises powerful performances from her lead actresses to address a variety of topical issues affecting two women at very different ends of the social spectrum. Returning home one day to find that her 18-month old son and trusted nanny have disappeared, a nightmare […]

Films at the Embassy of Japan: River of Fireflies 蛍川

Films at the Embassy of Japan: River of Fireflies  蛍川

The story is set in beautiful scenery in Toyama prefecture, Japan’s Hokuriku region. During the winter of 1962, a junior high school boy, Tatsuo, is distracted from preparing for his high school entrance exams by thoughts about his dream girl, Eiko. To make matters worse, creditors descend upon Tatsuo’s house as his father, Shigetatsu, once […]

Memories of the Ainu Past and Present

Memories of the Ainu Past and Present

Co-organised by the Japan Society and the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), this is the third and last in the current series of screenings that revisit Japanese films housed in the RAI’s collection. On this occasion, we are delighted to present two documentaries considering the Ainu people in Japan in terms of ritual, memory and identity. […]

Filmmaker Talk: Naotaro Endo, director of Tsukiji Wonderland

Filmmaker Talk: Naotaro Endo, director of Tsukiji Wonderland

Naotaro Endo is a Japan-based filmmaker and director of Tsukiji Wonderland, a documentary featured in this year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme. Following the film’s sell-out screening at the ICA in early February 2017, Endo will join us for a special talk to discuss his filmmaking style and the themes explored in Tsukiji Wonderland. For […]

London Korean Film Night: Mourning Grave_Intro: Anton Bitel

London Korean Film Night: Mourning Grave_Intro: Anton Bitel

The directorial debut of oh In-chun, Mourning Grave is a contemporary reinvention of the traditional Korean ghost story that is as much a romantic drama as it is a horror story. a young boy, In-soo (Kang Ha-neul), who possesses the ability to see ghosts, transfers to a new school, after having problems at his old […]

Node Film Screening and Q&A

Node Film Screening and Q&A

Hirogawara is a village with a long lasting tradition of forestry located in a mountain area of Kyoto prefecture, Japan. Although municipal records drafted in 2009 recorded a population of 120 residents amongst its five districts, over half of these citizens also have an urban household in Kyoto. These iribito (newcomer) villagers who predominantly reside […]

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