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Korean Quintet to Screen at BFI London Film Festival

Sep 06, 2018
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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Cannes Titles Lead Korean Selection at UK Fest



The BFI London Film Festival will feature five Korean films in its program this year. LEE Chang-dong’s BURNING is joined by LEE Hae-young’s Believer, YIM Soon-rye’s Little Forest, SHIN Dong-seok’s Last Child and YOON Jong-bin’s The Spy Gone North at the UK festival which is set to unfold from October 10 to 21.

Two of the films come straight from this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Premiering in competition on the Croisette was BURNING, the long-awaited return of LEE Chang-dong. Based on a short story by MURAKAMI Haruki, the critically acclaimed work stars YOO Ah-in, Steven YEUN and newcomer JUN Jong-seo. Selected as a midnight screening was YOON Jong-bin’s espionage drama The Spy Gone North, a true-life tale of a South Korean agent who posed as a businessman to gain intel on North Korea in the 1990s, which stars HWANG Jung-min, LEE Sung-min, CHO Jin-woong and JU Ji-hoon.

A remake of Johnnie TO’s Drug War, Believer, the fourth film by LEE Hae-young, was a box office hit early this summer, drawing over five million viewers to theaters. CHO Jin-woong and RYU Jun-yeol lead a cast that also features the final role of KIM Joo-hyuk before his untimely passing last October.

The latest work from veteran YIM Soon-rye, Little Forest, an adaption of a popular Japanese manga, features KIM Tae-ri as a youth who escapes city life to retreat to the countryside, where she reconnects with friends played by RYU Jun-yeol and JIN Ki-joo.

The debut film of SHIN Dong-seok, Last Child debuted in the New Currents competition section of last year’s Busan International Film Festival and has gone on to screen at numerous festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival.
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