Gangster Films S. Korean Style

by pattonfever | created - 09 Jan 2012 | updated - 27 Aug 2013 | Public

This is the first part of a genere list of moslty Korean films. Maybe a couple of other Asian countries thrown in the mix, but all in the crime genre. I tried to have just serious gangster films. So My Wife is a Gangster and films like this did not make this list. I hate the fact that imdb rarely has pictures and info for korean films, but I assure if I put it on the list its worth watching.

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1. Sinsegye (2013)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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58 Metascore

A melodrama revolving around an undercover cop who finds it difficult to play both a cop and a goon.

Director: Hoon-jung Park | Stars: Jung-jae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Jung-min Hwang, Sung-woong Park

Votes: 15,366 | Gross: $0.46M

2. Hak se wui (2005)

Unrated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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73 Metascore

Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Louis Koo, Suet Lam, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Siu-Fai Cheung

Votes: 8,057

3. Soo (2007)

Not Rated | 122 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.1
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A legendary assassin and a renowned problem solver, Soo has been searching for the twin brother he has not seen since their days in an orphanage. But his brother is murdered when he turns ... See full summary »

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Jin-hee Ji, Seong-Yeon Kang, Man-seok Oh, Gi-yeong Lee

Votes: 349

4. Yeui-eomneun geotdeul (2006)

113 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.2
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A mute hit-man vows to kill only the rude, and save up enough money for tongue surgery.

Director: Cheol-hie Park | Stars: Ha-kyun Shin, Ji-hye Yun, Min-jun Kim, Su-hee Go

Votes: 1,454

5. Yeong-hwa-neun yeong-hwa-da (2008)

113 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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A gangster who wants to be an actor; an actor more gangster than anything. Here their paths and lives begin to cross.

Director: Hun Jang | Stars: Ji-seob So, Soo-hyun Hong, Hie-jin Jang, Man-sik Jeong

Votes: 1,841

6. A Bittersweet Life (2005)

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: Jung-min Hwang, Goo Jin, Yu-mi Jung, Hae-gon Kim

Votes: 28,588

7. Uahan segye (2007)

109 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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In-gu is a full-time gangster aspiring to be a full-time husband and dad. Shunned by his daughter and wife, his only goal is to live a quiet life with his family out in the country. But ... See full summary »

Director: Jae-rim Han | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Dal-su Oh, Il-hwa Choi, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 1,041

8. Biyeolhan geori (2006)

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: 6,344

9. Triad Election (2006)

Unrated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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83 Metascore

As election time nears, current Triad chairman Lok (Yam) faces competition from his godsons. At the same time, Jimmy (Koo) looks to increase his business relations with mainland China.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Louis Koo, Simon Yam, Nick Cheung, Ka Tung Lam

Votes: 4,783 | Gross: $0.05M

10. Pongryeok-sseokeul (2006)

100 min | Action, Crime

6.8
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A group of friends form a soccer team and call themselves "Tigers". The group gets into a fight seniors at their school and other students begin to view them differently. One of the friends... See full summary »

Director: Ki-hyeong Park | Stars: Kyung-ho Jung, Hie-jin Jang, Jin-woong Jo, Hye-sung Kim

Votes: 648

11. 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: 3,750

12. Chingoo (2001)

113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Despite their different family backgrounds, four friends grew up together in the wearisome years of the 70s. But as time goes by, each of them takes a different life path. After enrolling ... See full summary »

Director: Kyung-taek Kwak | Stars: Oh-seong Yu, Dong-gun Jang, Tae-hwa Seo, Un-taek Jeong

Votes: 4,107

13. Ma-rin-bo-ee (2009)

118 min | Action, Thriller

5.8
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A swim instructor loses everything he has and is offered a debt free life if he smuggles drugs into the country by swimming underwater.

Director: Jong-seok Yoon | Stars: Kang-woo Kim, Jae-hyeon Jo, Si-yeon Park, Won-jong Lee

Votes: 273

14. Haebaragi (2006)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Released from prison, Taesik goes to live with an adopted mother. He takes a job and tries to live a quiet life with his new family. His efforts are threatened when a politician seeks to knock the family restaurant down to build a mall.

Director: Seok-beom Kang | Stars: Jeong-su Han, In-jae Heo, In-seong Hwang, Eun-pyo Jeong

Votes: 1,395

This is one fantastic film. Not your usual gangster picture. If there ever was a date gangster film this would be it. But don't let that scare you away. It's still a very cool gangster film just with heart. One of my favs.

15. Sasaeng gyeoldan (2006)

Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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The underworld of pushers, addicts, cops, and mobsters in Buson. Sang-do is a pusher, selling meth, abstaining from using it, living the high life, and, passing on information to the police... See full summary »

Director: Ho Choi | Stars: Seung-bum Ryoo, Jung-min Hwang, Hee-ra Kim, Ja-Hyeon Chu

Votes: 557

16. Yeolhyeol-nama (2006)

118 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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A small-time crook, Jae-moon goes after the man who killed his mentor a few years earlier. Jae-moon meets Chi-gook, a retired taekwondo practitioner who becomes his partner and goes to the ... See full summary »

Director: Jeong-beom Lee | Stars: Kyoung-gu Sul, Han Sun Jo, Mun-hee Na, Hie-bong Jo

Votes: 553

17. Poo-reun so-geum (2011)

122 min | Action, Drama

6.4
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A young assassin is sent to kill and retired mob boss. But things get complicated when she begins to like him.

Director: Hyun-seung Lee | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Se-Kyung Shin, Jeong-myeong Cheon, Min-jun Kim

Votes: 977

18. Janggunui adeul (1990)

108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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The first chapter of the the General's Son trilogy follows Kim Du-Han's childhood, from the loss of his mother at age 8, to his rise as a gang leader who protects local vendors from expanding Yakuza forces in Japanese occupied Korea.

Director: Kwon-taek Im | Stars: Sang-min Park, Hyeon-jun Shin, Il-jae Lee, Eun-hee Bang

Votes: 157

19. Terrorist (1995)

108 min | Action

5.8
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Two orphan brothers grow up dreaming to become police officers. However, the twisted fate separates the two and leads them on two opposite sides of the law.

Director: Young-bin Kim | Stars: Min-su Choi, Kyeong-yeong Lee, Jung-ah Yum, Jun-ho Heo

Votes: 69

20. Geo-rook-han-ge-bo (2006)

Not Rated | 126 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.4
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An eccentric but faithful mafia, Chi-sung is sent to prison for his part in a gang fight. But when his parents are attacked by a rival mob and his own people take no action, he realizes ... See full summary »

Director: Jin Jang | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Jun-ho Jeong, Seung-ryong Ryu, Won-tae Choi

Votes: 302

21. Boo-dang-geo-rae (2010)

119 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.7
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A serial killer targeting elementary school students is on the loose. When the most probable suspect dies and the case looks like it's reached a dead end, police brass decide to create a ... See full summary »

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Seung-bum Ryoo, Hae-jin Yoo, Ho-jin Chun

Votes: 1,408

22. Hwanghae (2010)

R | 136 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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70 Metascore

The story of a cab driver in Yanji City, a region between North Korea, China and Russia. His wife goes to Korea to earn money, but he doesn't hear from her since in 6 months. He plays ... See full summary »

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Yun-seok Kim, Sung-ha Jo, Man-sik Jeong

Votes: 14,014

23. 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: 49,521 | Gross: $0.01M

24. Oldeuboi (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

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: 406,655 | Gross: $0.71M

25. Ddongpari (2008)

Not Rated | 130 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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A bitter loan shark strikes a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl as he faces his own troubled past with his abusive father.

Director: Ik-joon Yang | Stars: Kkobbi Kim, Hwan Lee, Ik-joon Yang, Jeong-soon Park

Votes: 4,007

26. Geobugi dallinda (2009)

117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.7
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Jo Pil-seong, a rural detective, is an unhappy husband, often blamed by his older wife for gambling. Despite her being hard on him, he steals money from her to bet on bull butting. ... See full summary »

Director: Yeon-woo Lee | Stars: Yun-seok Kim, Kyung-ho Jung, Woo-seon Seon, Mi-ri Gyeon

Votes: 458

27. Kang Chul-jung: Gonggongui jeog 1-1 (2008)

127 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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KANG Chul-jung has been a detective fighting crime for 15 years and is at it again against a mob boss who recruits young kids to do his dirty work.

Director: Woo-Suk Kang | Stars: Kyoung-gu Sul, Jae-yeong Jeong, Jung-shik Bae, Shin-il Kang

Votes: 302

28. 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: 101,540 | Gross: $0.17M

29. 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: 14,461

30. 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: 10,616

31. Gonggongui jeog 2 (2005)

R | 148 min | Action, Drama

6.0
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A public prosecutor looks to bring down a corrupt public official.

Director: Woo-Suk Kang | Stars: Kyoung-gu Sul, Jun-ho Jeong, Shin-il Kang, Geun-hyeong Park

Votes: 529

32. A Better Tomorrow (2010)

R | 124 min | Action, Drama

5.9
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Arms trafficker Hyuk and Young-chun are practically brothers and nothing can separate them. When the two managed to escape from North Korea, they left behind Hyuk's younger brother Chul. ... See full summary »

Director: Hae-sung Song | Stars: Jin-mo Ju, Seung-heon Song, Kang-woo Kim, Han Sun Jo

Votes: 884

33. Donggabnaegi gwawoehagi (2003)

110 min | Comedy, Romance

6.7
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A man from a wealthy family who should be in his second year of college, is still finishing his highschool requirements. His family hire a tutor for him who is his own age but she comes from a poor background.

Director: Kyeong-hyeong Kim | Stars: Ha-neul Kim, Sang-Woo Kwon, Il-seob Baek, Yoo Gong

Votes: 1,998

34. Na-neun Abba-da (2010)

99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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A corrupt detective infiltrates a gang and tries to save his daughter. One day he finds out the heart his daughter would receive as a transplant is from a magician he falsely accused.

Directors: Se-Yeong Lee, Man-bae Jeon | Stars: Seung-woo Kim, Byung-ho Son, Ha-ryong Lim, Choi Jeong-Yoon

Votes: 208

35. Uriege Naeireun Eopda (2006)

93 min | Drama

6.4
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Earning a living as a driver for rent, Kisu lives in a studio flat in the basement floor. When he feels choked up, he tries not to let go of hope by playing on the drums. Out of guilt that ... See full summary »

Director: Dong-seok No | Stars: Ah-in Yoo, Byeong-seok Kim, Jae-Sung Choi, Dong-ho Lee

Votes: 81

36. Miseuteo Sokeurateseu (2005)

109 min | Action, Crime

6.3
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A low-life scumbag gets kidnapped by a mysterious gang and put through inhumane training to become a mole inside the police force.

Director: Jin-won Choi | Stars: Shin-il Kang, Jong-hyuk Lee, Tae-young Yoon, Rae-won Kim

Votes: 395

37. Ya-soo (2006)

Not Rated | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.5
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Jang is a homicide detective who likes to use violence with criminals, while Oh is a prosecutor who believes in the importance of evidence. After the murder of his younger half-brother ... See full summary »

Director: Seong-soo Kim | Stars: Sang-Woo Kwon, Ji-tae Yu, Kil-kang Ahn, Seok-hyeon Jo

Votes: 598

38. Gang-jeok (2006)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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Su-hyun wants to leave the syndicate and opens a small restaurant. Helping his life-long friend from an orphanage, he gets arrested for a murder that he didn't commit. To catch the real ... See full summary »

Director: Min-ho Cho | Stars: Joong-Hoon Park, Jeong-myeong Cheon, In-yeong Yu, Chang-min Choi

Votes: 192

39. Ddukbang (2006)

94 min | Action, Crime

5.8
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After living separate lives, three men try to reset their former turf that is now infested with gangsters to it's former glory .

Director: Beom-gu Cho | Stars: Hie-bong Jo, Mi-lyeong Jo, Seok-tae Ju, Su-hyeon Kim

Votes: 199

40. Sookmyeong (2008)

123 min | Drama

5.0
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Four friends bound by destiny and unbeatable in the dark world. When a casino attack goes wrong as a result of betrayal, fate turns them into enemies. Now, forced to aim the gun at each other's hearts, their unavoidable battle begins.

Director: Hae-gon Kim | Stars: Seung-heon Song, Sang-Woo Kwon, Hyunri, Ji-a Min

Votes: 207

41. Bumchoiwaui junjaeng: Nabbeunnomdeul jeonsungshidae (2012)

Not Rated | 134 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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On the verge of being fired, a corrupt customs official finds a haul of drugs and teams up with a vicious gangster to become the most powerful crime partnership in Busan.

Director: Jong-bin Yun | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo, Dong-seok Ma

Votes: 4,101

42. Once Upon a Time in Seoul (2008)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, War

6.5
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(Korean with English subtitles) 1953, the Korean war has ended. Most of the country is war-torn and in shambles. Two young boys living in a refugee camp are doing their best living in these... See full summary »

Director: Hyeong-jun Bae | Stars: Wan Lee, Chang-ui Song, Greena Park, Ki-young Lee

Votes: 118

43. Maljukgeori janhoksa (2004)

116 min | Action, Drama, History

7.5
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By "Fist of Fury", Kim Hyun-Soo (Sang-Woo Kwone) addicted to Bruce Lee. Year 1978. Hyun-Soo moved to KangNam, Seoul. Hyun-Soo transferred to JungMoon High, Maljuk Street, Kangnam, Seoul. He... See full summary »

Director: Ha Yoo | Stars: Sang-Woo Kwon, Jung-Jin Lee, Ga-in Han, Hyo-jun Park

Votes: 2,176

44. Chingoo (2001)

113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Despite their different family backgrounds, four friends grew up together in the wearisome years of the 70s. But as time goes by, each of them takes a different life path. After enrolling ... See full summary »

Director: Kyung-taek Kwak | Stars: Oh-seong Yu, Dong-gun Jang, Tae-hwa Seo, Un-taek Jeong

Votes: 4,107