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Review:「夢と狂気の王国」(Yume to Kyoki no Okoku/Kingdom of Dreams and Madness)

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Year: 2013
Country:
Japan
Language: Japanese
Director: Sunada Mami
Studio:
N/a
Screenplay: Sunada Mami
Cinematography: Sunada Mami
Soundscore: Takagi Masakatsu
Cast: Miyazaki Hayao, Suzuki Toshio, Hideaki Anno
Runtime: 118 min
Distribution: GKIDS (North America), StudioCanal (UK)
Film’s official website: N/a

Trailer:

This piece was originally written as a guest review for easternKicks. It comes as part of easternKicks’s coverage of the San Diego Asian Film Festival, with SDAFF providing access to an online screener (thank you!). In the UK, the documentary will be available on DVD from StudioCanal on December 1, 2014. In the US, it will be released by GKIDS in select cinemas on November 28, 2014 and available for digital download on December 9, 2014.

Given that it has been nearly thirty years since Studio Ghibli, Japan’s probably most famous and, internationally speaking, most successful animation studio, was founded in June 1985, it comes as somewhat of a surprise that there has to date been no feature-length documentary on it. Continue reading “Review:「夢と狂気の王国」(Yume to Kyoki no Okoku/Kingdom of Dreams and Madness)”

LKFF Group Interview with Ahn Sung-ki and Q&A Photos from 화장 (Hwayang/Revivre) Closing Night Gala

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This interview was originally posted on Hangul Celluloid and is republished here with permission (Note: original Korean film titles have been added). All the hard work of transcribing the interview was done by Hangul Celluloid. The photos (from the interview and the Closing Night Gala Q&A) are my own. Special thanks to the KCCUK for organising this interview. Continue reading “LKFF Group Interview with Ahn Sung-ki and Q&A Photos from 화장 (Hwayang/Revivre) Closing Night Gala”

LKFF Mini-Review: 킬러앞에 노인 (Killeoapenoin/The Killer behind the Old Man) & Jung Woo-sung Photos

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Year: 2014
Country:
Hong Kong
Language: Korean
Director: Jung Woo-sung (정우성)
Studio:
commissioned by Hong Kong International Film Festival (omnibus)
Screenplay: Yoon Jung Lee
Cinematography: N/a
Soundscore: Mowg
Cast: Andy Choi, Woo Sang-jeon, Yoo In-yeong
Runtime: N/a
Distribution: HKIFF
Film’s official website: N/a

Trailer: Not available

Seen at the 9th London Korean Film Festival. Special thanks go to the LKFF organisers for providing me with a press ticket.

Screening together with the feature 감시자들 (Gamshijadeul/Cold Eyes, 2013) at the 9th London Korean Film Festival,  킬러앞에 노인 (Killeoapenoin/The Killer Behind, the Old Man) is the directorial debut of Jung Woo-sung. A short originally part of the omnibus Three Charmed Lives – three works directed by individuals better known for their work in front rather than behind the camera – it comes commissioned by Fushan Features and the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Continue reading “LKFF Mini-Review: 킬러앞에 노인 (Killeoapenoin/The Killer behind the Old Man) & Jung Woo-sung Photos”

LKFF Review: 화이: 괴물을 삼킨 아이 (Hwayi: Gwimuleul Samkin Ahyi/Hwayi: A Monster Boy) and Q&A

hwayi 6 Year: 2013
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Director:  Jang Joon-Hwan
Producer: Lee Jung-dong
Studio: 
Showbox/Mediaplex
Screenplay: Park Joo-suk
Cinematography:  Kim Ji-Yong
Soundscore: Mowg
Cast: Kim Yun-Seok, Yeo Jin-Goo, Lee Kyoung-Young, Jang Hyun-Sung, Cho Jin-Woong, Kim Sung-Kyun, Nam Ji-Hyun
Runtime: 125 min
Distribution: N/a
Film’s official website: N/a
Trailer: (Please note that the trailer reveals quite a lot of the plot – you may want to skip it.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EODuG-0Y9E

Seen at the 9th London Korean Film Festival. Special thanks go to the LKFF organisers for providing me with a press ticket.

Hwayi, an Oedipal action thriller that falls neatly into its genre as well as into Korean cinema (of the darker kind) more generally, comes as the long-awaited return of director Jang Joon-hwan, who last made a featurelength film in 2003 (지구를 지켜라!/Jigureul Jikyeora!/Save the Green Planet, 2003).

Continue reading “LKFF Review: 화이: 괴물을 삼킨 아이 (Hwayi: Gwimuleul Samkin Ahyi/Hwayi: A Monster Boy) and Q&A”

LKFF Opening Gala 군도: 민란의 시대 (Kundo: Age of Rampant) – Photos, Q&A and Other Musings

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Shadowplay.

Note: These images were also posted on the London Asian Film Society’s Facebook page.

Opening Gala

Thursday night was the opening gala for the 9th London Korean Film Festival, which will be screening 55 films over the next few weeks (London dates: Nov 6-15). The opening film was Yoon Jong-bin’s 군도: 민란의 시대 (Kundo: Minranui Sidae/Kundo: Age of Rampant, 2013), with the director, lead actor Kang Dong-won and producer Han Jae-duk all in attendance. Continue reading “LKFF Opening Gala 군도: 민란의 시대 (Kundo: Age of Rampant) – Photos, Q&A and Other Musings”