The 30 best movies from South Korea

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1.
Oldboy (2003)
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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. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
2.
My Sassy Girl (2001)
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Based on a series of true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim on the Internet describing his relationship with his girlfriend... (123 mins.)
Director: Jae-young Kwak
 
3.
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
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A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War. (140 mins.)
Director: Je-gyu Kang
 
4.
Memories of Murder (2003)
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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. (131 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
5.
A Moment to Remember (2004)
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A Korean love story about a young couple's enduring love, which is tested when 27 year old Sun-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease. (117 mins.)
Director: John H. Lee
 
6.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
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A young and truth seeking boy travels to an isolated lake, where an old Buddhist master lives on a small floating temple. (103 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
7.
3-Iron (2004)
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A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days. (88 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
8.
The Chaser (2008)
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A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes. (125 mins.)
Director: Hong-jin Na
 
9.
Mother (2009)
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A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder. (129 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
10.
Lady Vengeance (2005)
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After a thirteen-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a six-year-old boy, Guem-Ja Lee seeks... (112 mins.)
Director: Park Chan Wook
 
11.
I Saw the Devil (2010)
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A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. (141 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
12.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
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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. (129 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
13.
Oasis (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An irresponsible and childish ex-con befriends a girl with cerebral palsy and develops a progressively stronger bond with her. (133 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
 
14.
Pairan (2001)
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Kangjae, a small time gangster receive a news that his wife Failan is dead. Failan, his wife who he never met. (115 mins.)
 
15.
The Classic (2003)
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A college student finds a diary detailing a long-ago love triangle involving her mother, her future father, and his best friend. (127 mins.)
Director: Jae-young Kwak
 
16.
Il Mare (2000)
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Eun-joo moves out of her house "Il Mare", leaving behind a Christmas card for the eventual new owner of the house in 1999... (105 mins.)
Director: Hyun-seung Lee
 
17.
Poetry (2010)
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A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. (139 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
 
18.
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
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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. (119 mins.)
Director: Jeong-beom Lee
 
19.
J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)
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In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier... (110 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
20.
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
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Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders. (120 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
21.
Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005)
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Soldiers from both sides of the Korean divide live among villagers who know nothing of the war. (133 mins.)
Director: Kwang-Hyun Park
 
22.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
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A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
23.
Peppermint Candy (1999)
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Consists of five phases of a man's life about why he committed suicide in the end. (129 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
 
24.
Bedevilled (2010)
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A woman subject to mental, physical, and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out. (115 mins.)
Director: Chul-soo Jang
 
25.
The Host (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches. (120 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
26.
Thirst (2009)
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Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways. (133 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
27.
Pieta (2012)
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A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother. (104 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
28.
Three... Extremes (2004)
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An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors. (118 mins.)
 
29.
The Good the Bad the Weird (2008)
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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. (139 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
30.
Samaritan Girl (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates... (95 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim