Must see South Koren Thrillers

by fazley asif | created - 11 Feb 2011 | updated - 07 Aug 2011 | Public

In some extent, South Koreans have proved that they are none the less the best thriller makers in the world..heres some of them ..

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1. Oldeuboi (2003)

R | 120 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.4
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74 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 410,919 | Gross: $0.71M

2. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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67 Metascore

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Joon-hyeok Lee, In-seo Kim

Votes: 83,856 | Gross: $0.13M

3. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, three detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 83,472 | Gross: $0.01M

4. The Chaser (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.9
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64 Metascore

A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Yun-seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo, Yoo-Jeong Kim

Votes: 43,790

5. Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA (2000)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.9
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58 Metascore

In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 ... See full summary »

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Byung-hun Lee, Kang-ho Song, Tae-woo Kim

Votes: 21,291

6. Mother (2009)

R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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79 Metascore

A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Goo Jin, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 32,796 | Gross: $0.55M

7. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, War

8.1
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64 Metascore

A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Dong-gun Jang, Bin Won, Eun-ju Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 34,099 | Gross: $1.11M

8. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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56 Metascore

A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae, Ji-Eun Lim

Votes: 51,656 | Gross: $0.05M

9. Lady Vengeance (2005)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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75 Metascore

After a thirteen-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a six-year-old boy, Guem-Ja Lee seeks vengeance on the man truly responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow ... See full summary »

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Shi-hoo Kim, Yea-young Kwon

Votes: 59,761 | Gross: $0.21M

10. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.8
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A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee | Stars: Bin Won, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim

Votes: 49,946 | Gross: $0.01M

11. A Bittersweet Life (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama

7.7
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Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-hun Lee, Min-a Shin, Yeong-cheol Kim, Jung-min Hwang

Votes: 28,832

12. 3-Iron (2004)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

8.1
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72 Metascore

A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Seung-yeon Lee, Hee Jae, Hyuk-ho Kwon, Jeong-ho Choi

Votes: 42,303 | Gross: $0.24M

13. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 47,287

14. Oasis (2002)

133 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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79 Metascore

An irresponsible and childish ex-con befriends a girl with cerebral palsy and develops a progressively stronger bond with her.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, So-ri Moon, Nae-sang Ahn, Seung-wan Ryoo

Votes: 6,052

15. Thirst (2009)

R | 133 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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73 Metascore

Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim, Hae-suk Kim, Ha-kyun Shin

Votes: 34,676 | Gross: $0.30M

16. Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom (2008)

R | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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69 Metascore

The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Byung-hun Lee, Woo-sung Jung, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 28,859 | Gross: $0.13M

17. Jjakpae (2006)

92 min | Action

6.7
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Tae-su, a detective fighting organized crime, returns to his hometown for his high school friend Wang-jae's funeral. At the funeral, he meets his old friends Pil-ho, Dong-hwan and Seok-hwan... See full summary »

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Jae-mo Ahn, Kil-kang Ahn, Dong-Hyeon Baek, Richard Epcar

Votes: 3,765

18. Kim Bok-nam salinsageonui jeonmal (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A woman subject to mental, physical, and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out.

Director: Cheol-soo Jang | Stars: Yeong-hie Seo, Seong-won Ji, Min-ho Hwang, Min Je

Votes: 10,375

one of the rare movies where serial killer is an women and u will definitely feel sympathy for her !!

19. Saam gaang yi (2004)

R | 125 min | Horror

7.0
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66 Metascore

An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors.

Directors: Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, Chan-wook Park | Stars: Bai Ling, Byung-hun Lee, Kyoko Hasegawa, Pauline Lau

Votes: 16,921 | Gross: $0.08M

20. Biyeolhan geori (2006)

Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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Byung-du is a 29-year-old career criminal, working for the middle-rank enforcer Sang-chul. Burdened with a terminally ill mother and taking care of younger siblings, Byung-du is feeling ... See full summary »

Director: Ha Yoo | Stars: In-sung Jo, Ho-jin Chun, Namgoong Min, Bo-young Lee

Votes: 6,401

21. Infernal Affairs (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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75 Metascore

A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak | Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Eric Tsang

Votes: 102,319 | Gross: $0.17M

I know I know u don't have to tell me its a "Hong Kong'' movie not Korean ! But I can't resist myself but to add the names on the list, its incomplete without them..they are too stunning..mostly the 1st one, its sublime !!

22. Mou gaan dou II (2003)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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In this prequel to Mou gaan dou (2002), Chan Wing Yan has just become an undercover cop in the triads while Lau Kin Ming joins the police force. Both the triads and the police find an enemy in a rival crime boss.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak | Stars: Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng

Votes: 14,546

23. Mou gaan dou III: Jung gik mou gaan (2003)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Months after the events of the original film, Ming suspects a police superintendent as being a new mole for the triads, while years earlier, Yan embarks on his first mission.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Andy Lau, Leon Lai, Daoming Chen

Votes: 10,680

24. Hanyo (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

6.5
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68 Metascore

A man's affair with his family's housemaid leads to dark consequences.

Director: Sang-soo Im | Stars: Do-yeon Jeon, Jung-jae Lee, Yeo-jeong Yoon, Woo Seo

Votes: 7,624 | Gross: $0.15M

25. Samaritan Girl (2004)

R | 95 min | Drama

7.2
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Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young... See full summary »

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Eol Lee, Ji-min Kwak, Yeo-reum Han, Hyun-min Kwon

Votes: 11,916

26. Seom (2000)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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61 Metascore

A Carer becomes the mother to a secluded isle.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Jung Suh, Yoosuk Kim, Sung-hee Park, Jae-hyeon Jo

Votes: 11,007 | Gross: $0.02M