Starting next Thursday, the Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) is launching a series of pre-screening talks about different eras and genres of the Korean film industry – before the bi-weekly film screenings.
The first talk will take place before the screening of Kang Woo-suk’s action comedy film Two Cops, and look at the Korean local comedy genre of that period through the eyes of the well-known film of the prolific industry veteran (who recently visited London for last year’s London Korean Film Festival).
“The 1990s, as seen in recent Korean popular tvN TV series, Reply 1997 (July-September 2012) and its spinoff Reply 1994 (October-December 2013), is an era of nostalgia for Korean audiences. It is indeed a rich decade of then new popular culture during which idol boy bands and sports stars gained super-fandom as well as the South Korean film industry saw the emergence of new trends of local comedy.” (1)
“In the mini-lecture, Dr. Jinhee Choi (Senior Lecturer, Film Studies, King’s College London and author of South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hitmaker Global Provocateur, 2010) will examine the significance of the Two Cops series (dir. Kang Woo-suk, 1993-8) within the context of local culture and film industry, and discuss various cycles of romantic comedy such as My Love My Bride (1990), which was re-made in 2014 starring Jo Jong-suk (You’re the Best Lee Soon-shin) and Shin Min-ah (My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox), Marriage Story (1992) and the gangster comedy No. 3 (1997).”
Created in April 2014, Daehan Drama aims to promote Korean TV dramas towards the UK audience, as well as facilitate dialogue between the British and Korean creative industries.