Asian Studies

Korean Film Festival 2019

For the second year running, we're proud to play a part in the London Korean Film Festival touring to Edinburgh.

One of the oldest, and most respected, festivals dedicated to Korean cinema in the world, this year's 14th edition is celebrating a century of Korean cinema.

In addition to the special centenary focus, the full programme features strands on Cinema Now, Women's Voices, Documentary, Hidden Figures: Ha Gil-jong, Artist Video, Animation and Mise-en-scène Shorts.

As part of the Festival's UK tour, Korean Studies and Film Studies in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) are delighted to assist Edinburgh Filmhouse and the Korean Cultural Centre UK with taking a selection of the Festival to Edinburgh. 

Three films are screening over three nights in November at Edinburgh Filmhouse:

Aimless Bullets  오발탄

Monday 18th November 2019 at 8:20pm

Strand - Special Focus: A Century of Korean Cinema

Cheol-ho and his family are trapped in the prison of a powerful, unyielding social structure. Yu Hyun-mok’s most exemplary work and a key piece of Korean realist cinema.

Director: Yu Hyun-mok (1961 Cert.18)

Grass  풀잎들

Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 8:45pm

Strand - Cinema Now

Episodic, meandering and offering the mere ghost of a narrative, the film, too, is neither this nor that - but the apparent simplicity of Hong's monochromatic long takes conceals a theatricalised artifice whose players may merely be A-reum's fictions, or even lost souls.

Director: Hong Sangsoo (2017, Cert.15)

The Devil’s Stairway  마의 계단

Saturday 23rd November 2019 at 3:15pm

Strand - Special Focus: A Century of Korean Cinema

Young Dr Hyeon has, it seems, everything going for him. A good position at a private hospital, the attentions of the daughter of that institution’s owner, a sexual liaison with an attractive nurse. Marriage to the boss’ daughter would open the way to his eventual succession to the directorship of the whole place. Then the nurse discovers she is pregnant.

Director: Lee Man-Hee (1964, Cert.18)

Find out more and book for all three films on the Edinburgh Filmhouse website

[Image: still from 'Grass']

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Korean Film Festival 2019

A series of three Korean films screening at Edinburgh Filmhouse as part of the 14th London Korean Film Festival's annual UK tour.

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