The London East Asia Film Festival will be going in full swing next year with an immense slate of titles for its first go-around, and the announcement earlier this month will hopefully help get more feet in the door by then. For this, we have one more week until the preliminary kick-off of the festival and we now have a new trailer for the event which you can view below today’s announcement; Further detailing is the opening night round for director Ryoo Seung-wan’s attendance next to the premiere of his latest box-office success, Veteran.
OPENING GALA EVENT OF THE NEW LONDON EAST ASIA FILM FESTIVAL FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER PRESENTING: KOREAN BLOCKBUSTER ‘VETERAN’ WITH SPECIAL GUEST DIRECTOR RYOO SEUNG-WAN.
The inaugural London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) will be taking place from the 23rd to the 25th October 2015 .
LEAFF’s festival director, Hye-Jung Jeon (former director of the London Korean Film Festival) and Chris Fujiwara, former artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival are delighted to launch this ‘0th’ edition of LEAFF 2015. It will highlight the excitement, range, and achievement of major films from Korea, China, Japan and East Asian and the festival’s mission will aim to take UK audiences on a continuously unfolding adventure of cinematic discovery. The programme will cover a wide range of quality cinema: films for general audiences, the latest in stylish hits from horror and action genres, and a carefully curated selection of titles that represent remarkable artistic achievement in independent cinema. Presenting these films as UK and European premieres, LEAFF will give audiences the chance to become acquainted with national cinemas and new to the west.
OPENING GALA EVENT: VETERAN (2015)
Special Guest : Director Ryoo Seung-wan & Producer Kang Hye-Jung
Friday, 23rd October 2015 (7 PM)
Odeon Leicester Square
With over 11 million box office hits, Ryoo Seung-wan’s blockbuster film will be shown at Odeon’s Leicester Square cinema on the evening of Friday 23 October! After the film will also feature Chief Programmer Chris Fujiwara’s on-stage Q&A with Veteran’s director Ryoo (City of Violence, The Unjust, The Berlin File) and producer Kang Hye-Jung. Veteran pits rule-breaking but incorruptible police detective Seo Do-cheol (Hwang Jung-min) against superrich, sociopathic corporate heir Cho Tae-oh (Yoo Ah-in). This comic action extrava-ganza takes us on an exciting, often very funny ride through Korea’s social divisions and rough justice (Gangnam-style or otherwise), and features the kind of thrilling, elaborate and hilariously over-the-top action sequences that have become Ryoo’s stock in trade. Released in domestic cinemas in August, the film has already struck a chord with local audiences, becoming one of the most popular films of all time in Korea.