Eun Yuh-jung, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie “Minari” earlier this year, will be the subject of special attention at this year’s London Korean Film Festival. The festival will be held privately as an event November 4-19, 2021.
Eun was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2021 this week.
The festival’s special focus will be on the European premiere of the digital retrieval of Yun’s first role in iconic filmmaker Kim Ki-young’s 1970 “Woman of Fire”. Also featured in a new 4K recovery and showing for the first time outside of Korea, “Angel, Beck Evil Woman,” directed by Kim, and originally released in 1990.
The festival includes Eun Sang-su, two of Eun’s most recent directors, with his “A Good Liar’s Wife” and “The Housemaid”, which played in the Cannes competition in 2010. The favorite of the festival is “The Batchus Lady” where her character shows compassion as a geriatric prostitute.
The closing gala of the Yuno Festival appeared in the film “Heaven: To the Land of Happiness”. The im-directed drama was invited to the ear version which was eventually canceled. It was recently revived and set as the opening film for next month’s Busan Festival.
The festival kicks off with UK Premier Ryu Seung-One’s action-packed real-life political drama “Escape from Mogadishu”, the highest-grossing film in Korea this year.
Other program highlights include the UK premiere of “Alone’s”, Hong Seong-un’s first film, which won a grand prize at the Jionzu International Film Festival in May, and the Toronto Festival this month, and Lee Jun-yik’s “Fish Book.” An epic about the scholar who traded his knowledge of Confucianism with fishermen to write a book about the sea.