SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

Korean Film Masterclass with Director Lee Doo-yong

Director Lee Doo-yong

Date: 3 November 2017Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 3 November 2017Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: Film


Throughout his career, Lee Doo-yong films have married artistic achievement with commercial success. He began with the key genre of 1960s ‘Golden Age’ of Korean cinema, melodrama, but soon moved onto taekwondo thrillers inspired by Hong Kong action cinema. Lee also contributed to the creation of new styles of historical drama, including the pastoral erotic genre, while later turning his hand to gritty 1980s versions of melodrama.

The Last Witness (1980), which we are screening at this year’s London Korean Film Festival, may be his most powerful film. But others, such as the historical tragedy Spinning the Tales of Cruelty Towards Women (1983) or the witty and sexy Mulberry (1985), are just as highly regarded today. Our master-class with Lee Doo-yong will be an opportunity to revisit some of the many highlights of his remarkable life and work.

Talk Moderator

Mark Morris is Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. His main teaching and research interests have included Korean cinema, Japanese cinema, modern Japanese fiction, and the social and cultural history of Japan’ s minorities. He is a frequent advisor to the London Korean Film Festival and contributor to Korean film events in London, Cambridge and elsewhere. 

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Korean Studies/Korean Cultural Centre UK

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