From 1st to 10th of November, the London Korean Film Festival returns to the city with its annual selection of the best Korean films and UK premieres. This 7th edition includes thrillers, comedies, dramas and animation films; a diverse range of styles for all the ages.
The Odeon West End Cinema will play host to the opening and closing ceremony while the rest of the films will be screened at the ICA. The box office hit “The Thieves”, by Choi Dong-hoon, will launch the show, followed by a Q&A with the director and the lead actor, Kim Yoon-suk. Also, as part of the Directrospective section, the festival will screen three of the most popular Choi Dong-hoon films: the action drama “The High Rollers”, the comedy “Woochi” and the thriller “The Big Swindle”.
Among the rest of the line-up are a wide range of titles divided into different categories: K-Art House, K-Spotlight, K-Sports, K-Pop, K-Comedy, K-Mystery, K-Period drama and K-Animation. Worth mention the three films included in the Sports section, all of them inspired by the Korean success at the Olympics last summer.
The festival will close with the historical drama “Masquerade” and a round of questions and with the lead actor, Lee Byunghun, after the screening.
The London Korean Film Festival runs in London until 10th of November but, from 10th to 16th of November, a selection of films will be on tour around the UK, making stops in Bournemouth, Glasgow and Bristol.
Over the last ten years, Korean cinema has evolved in a spectacular way and this festival is a proof of that. An event that’s now become a must for fans of East Asian cinema.