Sunny

7PM, June 21, 2012

Multi-Purpose Hall, KCCUK

Soo-ni is a young woman stuck in an arranged marriage to a man who still loves his college girlfriend. Her husband, Sang-gil, is a soldier in the Republic of Korea Army, and though she visits him regularly, he doesn’t return her affections. After Sang-gil is sent to fight in the Vietnam War, Soo-ni resolves to follow him. She joins a band which is heading there, where she sings for the soldiers as “Sunny”, with the hope of being reunited with her husband.

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Nippon Connection 2012

12TH JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL NIPPON CONNECTION

From May 2nd to 6th, 2012, you are invited to experience the various facets of Japanese culture in a program that tries to reject ordinary standards. Many of the 142 films are presented as international premieres in Frankfurt am Main and can be watched outside of Japan only at these screenings. In addition, the event offers workshops, parties, exhibitions, lectures, performances, and much more that attracts our visitors besides cinema. Nippon Connection doesn’t seek to guide your view but wants to diffuse it and avoid fixed stereotypes in order to foster openness, interest and tolerance. You are invited to join and watch beyond the screen, to explore and to celebrate a vivid exchange of cultures both with the organisers and with many guests from Japan.

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Always

6:30 pm, April 26, 2012

Apollo Cinemas (Piccadilly)

Chul-min is a man whose life hides a dark past. He works as a delivery man by day and a parking-lot attendant by night.
One evening a chance encounter changes his life forever. He meets the partially sighted Jung-hwa whose optimism restores his faith in people and the world. As their friendship blooms Chul-min Seeks ways to finance the surgery that Jung-hwa desperately needs.
Fighting for high-stakes, can Chul-min’s return to the underworld be a success?

Booking: http://www.apollocinemas.com/ 0871 220 6000

Celebrate the Korean Film Night’s 100th Screening
26th April 2012, Apollo Cinemas, Piccadilly

With Director Song Il-Gon’s 2011 film ‘Always’ the KCCUK presents its 100th Korean Film Night and after the Q+A we will celebrate this milestone with a small reception.

Flower Island

7:00pm, April 05, 2012

Flower Island (2001)

Song Il-gon

On a winter day, three women with three different stories of anguish encounter each other on a road. The brutal city has expelled them, leaving them with nothing but bitterness. Oknam and Hye-na board the same bus by chance, and they rescue Yoo-jin from her attempted suicide on a snowy mountain. Having no place to rest, they begin their unplanned journey to Flower Island, where it is said all pain and sorrow disappear. On their way, they go through many unexpected events, and realize the journey itself is what heals their inner wounds.

 

Chilsu Wa Mansu

March 08, 2012

Multi Purpose Hall, KCCUK

Chilsu, a talented young artist, makes his living painting theatrical posters. He quits his job to join Mansu painting billboards. Chilsu dreams of joining his sister in the United States, but loses contact with her. Mansu’s father has long been a political prisoner. The two men spend their free time at discos and drinking with their student friend Jin-A. After Mansu’s fathers is denied leave for his hwangab, or 60th birthday celebration, and they discover that Jin-A has entered an arranged marriage, the two climb onto a roof over a billboard they have painted and begin venting their frustrations at the crowd below.

Untold Scandal

February 16, 2012

Untold Scandal

Based on the novel ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses,’ this film is set in aristocratic 18th-century Korea at the end of the Chosun Dynasty. The irresistible temptress Lady Cho asks her cad of a younger cousin, Jo-won, to deflower the innocent young Soh-ok, who is to become her husband’s concubine. But, his attentions soon shift to the graceful and aloof Lady Sook, who lives according to her convictions as a Catholic. Jo-won becomes obsessed with seducing this chaste woman who has remained celibate for nine years since her husband’s death.

However, conquering the most virtuous woman in the land proves to be more difficult than Chosun’s notorious playboy expects.

Director E J-yong keeps a familiar story interesting by virtue of unexpected juxtapositions (for example in the soundtrack, a mix of classical European and Korean music), visual elegence, and efficient storytelling. He stays true to the spirit of the original novel while giving it an entirely new aesthetic.

Always: Sunset on Third Street 2

Always – Sunset on Third Street 2

Directed by Takashi Yamazaki 山崎貴 / 2007 / 146 mins
Tuesday, 31 January 2012, 18:30
Doors open at 18:00 No admittance after 19:00
Free admission. Prior registration essential.

This film shows off the directional and VFX talents of the director and was nominated in almost every major category at the 2008 Japan Academy Awards. Set in 1959, following the completion of Tokyo Tower a year before, Tokyo wins the race to host the 1964 Olympic Games and Japan is entering a period of rapid economic growth. A heart-warming story of the people living on the lively ‘Third Street’, which triggers nostaligia for the “Showa Era” of Japan.

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