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10 November 2018: First Love


Tickets: £10 / £8 / £6 Close-Up members
Box Office: 02037847970

First Love
Lee Myung-se
1993 | 108 min | Colour | 35mm
Korean with English subtitles
Followed by a Q&A with the director

“Yeong-shin is an innocent young woman from a nice family living in a pleasant if fairly poor neighbourhood in a town somewhere far from the big city. When her am-dram club decides to invite a writer from Seoul to come direct their production of Our Town, Yeong-shin, despite an unpromising first encounter with a grubby, hard-drinking Chang-wook, manages to fall head over heels. The film plays with our melodramatic reflexes, involving us in a sentimental education made all the more bittersweet through nuanced acting of Kim Hye-su. Rather than offering melo-realism, however, the film revels in the sheer beauty of its sets, subtle lighting, fantasy scenes – Yeong-shin’s ghostly visit to Chang-wook is both funny and heart-warming. Our Town has been termed a form of meta-theatre. Maybe we could consider Lee Myung-se’s aesthetic a kind of meta-cinema.” – Mark Morris

Part of LKFF 2018. This years festival runs for two weeks in London (1-14 November) and finishes with a tour across the UK (16-25 November). The programme features a diverse selection of contemporary hits fresh from the Korean box office along with our many eclectic strands including everything from indie cinema, classics, artists video, animation and more.


We'd like to thank the London Korean Film Festival and Korean Film Archive for making this programme possible.

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