Korean Movies Worth Watching

Not sure how to classify this list. Some movie left a lasting impression on me. Some movies inspired me. Some movies I did not particularly enjoy, but they are worth watching. Some movies are probably not worth watching, but I really liked them. So it is a... weird mix! The ranking is also all over the place. I do not even know how to rank them. If you are not familiar with South Korean cinema - it is a good way to start. I really hope you give these movies a try!
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1.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons. (103 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
“ Kim Ki-Duk. Beautiful scenery, impressive soundtrack, enchanting camera work, captivating story. It unfolds almost like a Buddhist fable. Difficult to watch due to some graphic images. Rated R. Stays with you. ” - aglobalcitizen
 
2.
The Way Home (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Seven-year-old Sang-woo is left with his grandmother in a remote village while his mother looks for work... (80 mins.)
Director: Jeong-hyang Lee
“ One of my favorite movies. A must see for the whole family. Get your tissues ready! ” - aglobalcitizen
 
3.
A Moment to Remember (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
“ I admit, it is not a very deep movie and it follows a typical South Korean drama formula, nonetheless, this is one of my favorite movies. Jung Woo-Sung. Son Ye-Jin. I cried for three hours. ” - aglobalcitizen
 
4.
A Frozen Flower (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard. (133 mins.)
Director: Ha Yu
“ Almost Hollywood, almost a typical love triangle. Why is it worth watching? Sex scenes (just kidding). The power of love. The passion between the king and his boyfriend is strong. Fortunately for the viewers, is more than just a movie about a gay king. It is very beautiful and poetic. I loved the song. Watch it. Rated R. ” - aglobalcitizen
 
5.
Once Upon a Time in High School: The Spirit of Jeet Kune Do (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
By "Fist of Fury", Kim Hyun-Soo (Sang-Woo Kwone) addicted to Bruce Lee. Year 1978. Hyun-Soo moved to KangNam... (116 mins.)
Director: Ha Yu
“ Not a very deep message, but it will do. The themes are school violence, bullying and revenge. The alternative title in English is "Once Upon a Time in High School". The final fighting scene is impressive. ” - aglobalcitizen
 
6.
One Fine Spring Day (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A sound engineer falls in love with a radio show host after they work together on a project capturing natural sounds. (106 mins.)
Director: Jin-ho Hur
“ A gentle yet compelling love story between an older divorced woman and a younger man. ” - aglobalcitizen
 
7.
Fly, Daddy, Fly (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Jang Ga-Pil is an ordinary middle-aged father. One day, he returns home to learn that his teenage daughter was assaulted by a group of guys at a karaoke bar. He then concocts a plan to stab the boy on his way to school. (112 mins.)
Director: Jong-tae Choi
“ Maybe this title is a little cheesy, but so inspiring! Not sure about you, but I felt like taking up boxing lessons after watching it. ” - aglobalcitizen
 
8.
Art Museum by the Zoo (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two strangers with very little in common, find themselves forced to live together. (108 mins.)
Director: Jeong-hyang Lee
“ A beautifully done romantic comedy. Hart to find online though. ” - aglobalcitizen
 
9.
No Regret (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Sumin is an orphan trying to balance work in a factory with study at an art college and an evening job... (113 mins.)
Director: Hee-il Leesong
“ A gay love story. Don't watch the ending, it is poorly done and disappointing. ” - aglobalcitizen
 
10.
Mr. Handy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The most unexpected entanglement with Mr. HONG begins!! HONG Doo-shik, there is something special about him!... (108 mins.)
Director: Seok-beom Kang
“ Another romantic comedy. The song was beautiful. ” - aglobalcitizen