The 11th annual London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) is gearing up for an impressive year with a very exciting lineup. The festival is scheduled to run from November 3-17 with a tour around the UK ending on the 27th, the longest running LKFF to date.
The schedule this year starts out strong with a screening of “The Truth Beneath” by director Lee Kyoung-Mi, followed by a Q&A lead the director herself. The theme of this year’s festival is “women in Korean cinema,” so it is more than fitting that such a strong entry will start off the event. Later in the lineup, the LKFF will also be showcasing Kyoung-Mi’s critically acclaimed film, “Crush and Blush,” which was co-produced by one of Korea’s leading director’s, Park Chan-Wook.
The remaining films to be shown are just as strong: “Inside Men: The Original” on November 6, “The Last Princess” and “Seoul Station” on November 9, and the classic Korean film, “Save the Green Planet” on November 13 are just a few that are garnering attention. The festival wraps with “Yourself and Yours” from acclaimed director, Hong Sang-Soo on November 17. The rest of the lineup can be seen here!
The LKFF has a long history of including strong entries to their schedule, and also incorporating films from various genres to come together to create unique themes. This year, LKFF has brought together some of the strongest films showcasing women in not only cinema, but also the Korean culture. Entries including, “The Widow” by Park Nam-Ok, “Take Care of my Cat” by Jeong Jae-Eun, and “Our Love Story” by Lee Hyun-Ju, all tell stories surrounding the roles of women and the hardships they face. These stories span over several eras of Korean history and experiences; “Our Love Story” explores a modern lesbian relationship between two women, which still boarders on taboo in modern Korean society, whereas “The Widow,” portrays the struggles of women living in a post-war era of Korea.
Of course, LFKK also makes sure to include more mainstream entries in their schedules. “Seoul Station” is a very appealing listing as it is the animated prequel to the very popular, and very financially successful, “Train to Busan” by Yeon Sang-Ho.
Overall, the 11th Annual London Korean Film Festival is lining up to be a very engaging, educational, and of course, entertaining event. The festival continues to showcase and highlight the best of the best in world of Korean cinema, and is able to open the doors to this culture one flick at a time.