Pororo the Little Penguin: South Korea's second president?

Recently revealed to be the most searched term on Google Korea for the first half of 2013, he is one of South Korea’s largest cultural exports of the past few years. With his distinctive eyewear, round face and larger-than-life personality, he has invaded the screens of homes…

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Korean Films in Review: National Security

‘National Security’ (also known as ‘Namyeong-dong 1985’) is a hard-hitting film set in 1985 and based on the horrifying ordeal Kim Geun-tae (renamed as Kim Jong-tae in the film), a pro-democracy activist went through in his time at the notorious Namyeong-dong detention centre. The…

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Korean Films in Review: The Berlin File

‘The Berlin File’ is the highly anticipated, fast paced action film of international secrecy and plotting from acclaimed director and screenwriter Ryoo Seung-wan and has lived up to the hype that preceded its release.

The action starts immediately when a negotiation between Pyo (Ha Jung-woo), a North Korean…

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Korean Films in Review: Pluto

Usually when I watch a film with an intense atmosphere (horror, thriller suspense genres), every tense effect that the film had over me dissipates when I step out into the natural light outside of the theatre. However, despite walking out of the UK premiere press screening of ‘Pluto’ at the…

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Edinburgh Film Festival brings Korean film to Scotland

The prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival is to show a series of South Korean films as part of this year’s programme. The Focus on Korea strand of the festival will run from 22nd to the 30th of June and will be showcasing five different films, both independent and mainstream…

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The Troubles of Not Starring in a Korean Drama

I imagine to a huge number of avid Korean drama fans, the idea of working as a supporting actor on a K-Drama sounds fantastic. Working with beautiful, well-known stars, playing out fun and interesting storylines and having the opportunity to experience the glamorous world of drama sounds like…

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Underwhelming Romance - The little things that make me cringe

Korean dramas. Whether you are looking for something that makes you tear up at the drop of a hat or for a little action before bed, there is something made for everyone. I often find myself sitting back to watch one every so often to pass the time. But, unlike…

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