Jang Yong-ha, often known as Yonko, is a Seoul-based independent artist who, although fearless to combine various genres in his music, truly expresses himself while playing Soul.  Yonko’s soulful vocal tone, stellar music, and straightforward lyrics makes him one of the most promising new artists from South Korea. Undoubtedly, his delivery is always 10/10. While […]

Following last year’s successful series, Barbican Cinema is delighted to again present a late summer programme of evening open-air screenings, bringing together all the Barbican art forms – cinema, music, theatre, dance and visual art – set against the spectacular architectural backdrop of the Barbican Sculpture Court.  This year’s Outdoor Cinema programme compliments Our Time […]

Whenever you listen to Woosung’s music, you can be certain that his songs are written in the correct key for his voice – his incredible musical arrangements perfectly suit his style of singing. There is no doubt that the singer always delivers a masterclass in the art of songwriting. His songs are relatable and honest; […]

When PSY’s Gangnam Style hit the music charts and screened on our TVs in 2012, it would seem that the song was another hit that would be forgotten after six months. But that wasn’t the case! The MV has become the first video to reach over a billion views on YouTube and left the door […]

Confession, a remake of 2016’s Spanish thriller, The Invisible Guest, written and directed by Yoon Jong-seok, is truly one of the most interesting remakes of the past decade. The dark atmosphere and mysterious characters not only draw the viewer in, but also provoke deeper reflections on human behaviour in extreme situations. Undoubtedly, Yoon’s Confession keeps […]

For the past 30 years or so, Asian cinema has become a part of life for European filmgoers. Although the Western continent itself has a lot to offer, the films from the Far East are the ones that grab viewers by their throats. It is important to remember that Far East cinema does not only […]

The fact that in recent years it has been difficult to find a true representation of the noir genre shows that there are still opportunities out there for filmmakers to bring it back to life. In 2021, however, Yoon Young-bin, an emerging South Korean filmmaker, grabbed that chance by domestically releasing Tomb of the River, […]

Breaking news! Hwang Jung-min, Korea’s top star, has been kidnapped by a gang of thugs and taken to a remote location. Well, not really, but that’s the concept of Pil Gam-sung’s action-thriller Hostage: Missing Celebrity. As per the previous (joke) announcement, Hostage: Missing Celebrity is what you probably expect it to be about: It follows […]

Mana Kotani’s (Yukino Kishii) world is turned upside down the moment she learned that her best friend, and first love, Sumire Utsuki (Minami Hamabe) has died. The bright and bubbly woman she met on her first day of college has gone, there one moment and gone the next. It takes everything she has to keep […]

It took a while for Park Dae-min to make his first film. Although he graduated with a degree in architecture, he found his passion for filmmaking back in 2002 when he directed a short film Hey, What Are You Looking For, which was invited to screen at the Busan International Short Film Festival. Park Dae-min […]