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1.
Memories of Murder (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead... (131 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
“ Adam Hartzell #1
Darcy Paquet #1
Lance Crayon Top10 ” - rilianx
 
2.
On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Actor Kyung Soo leaves Seoul to visit an old classmate. The reunion with his friend does not amount to much... (115 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Hong
“ Adam Hartzell #2 ” - rilianx
 
3.
Invisible Light (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
The film is counterbalanced between two interrelated parts. The first part takes place in Los Angeles...
Director: Gina Kim
“ Adam Hartzell #3 ” - rilianx
 
4.
Take Care of My Cat (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the port city of Icheon, five female friends struggle to stay close while forging a life for themselves after high school... (112 mins.)
Director: Jae-eun Jeong
“ Adam Hartzell #4
Darcy Paquet -
Kyu Hyun Kim Top10 ” - rilianx
 
5.
Sa-kwa (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A woman breaks up with her boyfriend of seven years. Devastated, she throws herself into another relationship and decides to get married, only to have her exboyfriend return to her... (118 mins.)
Director: Yi-kwan Kang
“ Adam Hartzell #5 ” - rilianx
 
6.
Grain in Ear (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Grain in Ear follows the plight of Cui (Liu Lianji), a young Korean mother living on the outskirts of Chinese society... (109 mins.)
Director: Lu Zhang
“ Adam Hartzell (2006) #6 ” - rilianx
 
7.
Host & Guest (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A part time teacher in a university's Film Department, Ho-Jun is a divorce who has lost custody of his son to his ex-wife... (92 mins.)
Director: Dong-il Shin
“ Adam Hartzell #7 ” - rilianx
 
8.
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
“ Adam Hartzell #8
Davide Cazzaro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
9.
Camel(s) (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An unremarkable man in his forties and a female acquaintance. They talk, eat, and though both are married elsewhere, have sex. (90 mins.)
Director: Ki-yong Park
“ Adam Hartzell #9 ” - rilianx
 
10.
Wanee & Junah (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Wanee, a young animator, and Junah, a scriptwriter, are lovers leading a peaceful life together. And one day, an old friend of Wanee's pays her a visit and unearths Wanee's hidden memories of her first love, her stepbrother. (115 mins.)
Director: Yong-gyun Kim
“ Adam Hartzell #10 ” - rilianx
 
11.
Oldboy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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
“ Darcy Paquet #2
Lance Crayon Top10
Kyu Hyun Kim Top10 ” - rilianx
 
12.
Save the Green Planet! (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Byeong-gu believes that the world is on the verge of an alien invasion, and sets out to save the world. (118 mins.)
Director: Joon-Hwan Jang
“ Darcy Paquet #3
Davide Cazzaro Top10
Lance Crayon Top10
Kyu Hyun Kim Top10 ” - rilianx
 
13.
Secret Sunshine (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A woman moves to the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to fit in, another tragic event overturns her life. (142 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
“ Darcy Paquet #4
Kyu Hyun Kim Top10 ” - rilianx
 
14.
The President's Last Bang (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A look at the life of President Park Chung-hee and the events leading up to his assassination. (102 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Im
“ Darcy Paquet #5
Hong Jiro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
15.
Woman on the Beach (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A movie director entices his young friend to come to the beach on the pretext of writing a script. He then starts an affair with the friend's girlfriend. (127 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Hong
“ Darcy Paquet #6 ” - rilianx
 
16.
One Fine Spring Day (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 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
“ Darcy Paquet #7
Kyu Hyun Kim Top10 ” - rilianx
 
17.
Paju (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
So close to want but forbidden to love-A girl falls in love with her sister's husband. (110 mins.)
Director: Chan-ok Park
“ Darcy Paquet #8
Hong Jiro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
18.
My Dear Enemy (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Jobless, single and in her early thirties, Hee-soo is miserable. Desperate, she sets out to find her ex-boyfriend... (123 mins.)
Director: Yoon-ki Lee
“ Darcy Paquet #9 ” - rilianx
 
19.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ Darcy Paquet #10 ” - rilianx
 
20.
Someone Special (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A struggling for love, Baseball players discovers he has terminal illness and meets a girl who has had a crush on him since times immemorial. The twists and turns of events bring them together. (107 mins.)
Director: Jin Jang
“ Darcy Paquet #10 ” - rilianx
 
21.
Chunhyang (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Mongryong marries the beautiful Chunhyang without telling his father, the Governor of Namwon. When his father is transferred to Seoul... (120 mins.)
Director: Kwon-taek Im
“ Darcy Paquet -
Hong Jiro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
22.
Pairan (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Kangjae, a small time gangster receive a news that his wife Failan is dead. Failan, his wife who he never met. (115 mins.)
Director: Hye-sung Song
“ Darcy Paquet - ” - rilianx
 
23.
Repatriation (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
North Korean spies return to their homeland. (149 mins.)
Director: Dong-won Kim
“ Darcy Paquet -
Davide Cazzaro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
24.
Podo-namulul be-a-ra (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Soo-hyeon, a student at Catholic Theological Seminary, decides to pull himself together and focus on his studies after breaking up from his girlfriend... (115 mins.)
Director: Boung-hun Min
“ Darcy Paquet - ” - rilianx
 
25.
My Friend & His Wife (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(Korean with English subtitles) Two best friend, one a successful businessman, the other a happily married father... (110 mins.)
Director: Dong-il Shin
“ Darcy Paquet - ” - rilianx
 
26.
The Chaser (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ Darcy Paquet -
Hong Jiro Top10
Lance Crayon Top10 ” - rilianx
 
27.
The Isle (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Carer becomes the mother to a secluded isle. (90 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
“ Davide Cazzaro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
28.
Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Relationship filled with pitfalls between a pleasant female video producer and a gallery owner as they become embroiled in their self-spun web of illusions. Bitter-sweet serenade to modern courtship. (126 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Hong
“ Davide Cazzaro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
29.
Resurrection of the Little Match Girl (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
To Chinese restaurant delivery boy 'Ju', the only joy in life is spending time at the electronic game room... (123 mins.)
Director: Sun-Woo Jang
“ Davide Cazzaro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
30.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant. (129 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ Davide Cazzaro Top10
Lance Crayon Top10
Kyu Hyun Kim Top10 ” - rilianx
 
31.
A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Bored, horny, and frustrated, a woman begins an affair with a teenage boy. (105 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Im
“ Davide Cazzaro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
32.
Influenza (2004 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Bong's disturbingly humorous mockumentary traces the downward spiral of an unemployed 31 year-old man as he is captured on Seoul's omnipresent CCTVs and observation cameras. (30 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
“ Davide Cazzaro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
33.
Cafe Noir (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story begins with a man left by his girlfriend on Christmas Eve and unfolds across the city of Seoul. (197 mins.)
Director: Sung-il Jung
“ Davide Cazzaro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
34.
Sorum (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A 30 year old mystery resurfaces and takes over the lives of the people living in an eerie apartment complex. (100 mins.)
Director: Jong-chan Yun
“ Hong Jiro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
35.
Arahan (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
As a dorky cop falls in with five Tao masters who admire his c'hi, an ancient foe comes looking for them all. (114 mins.)
Director: Seung-wan Ryoo
“ Hong Jiro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
36.
Blossom Again (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Thirty year old teacher In-young(KIM Jung-eun) falls in love with her own student, Lee Suk(LEE Tae-sung)... (115 mins.)
Director: Ji Woo Chung
“ Hong Jiro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
37.
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders. (120 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ Hong Jiro Top10
Lance Crayon Top10 ” - rilianx
 
38.
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
“ Hong Jiro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
39.
Thirst (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
“ Hong Jiro Top10 ” - rilianx
 
40.
Painted Fire (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a time of political and social unrest in nineteenth-century Korea, an uncouth, self-taught painter explores his natural talent amidst the repressive world around him. (120 mins.)
Director: Kwon-taek Im
“ Lance Crayon Top10 ” - rilianx
 
41.
3-Iron (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ Lance Crayon Top10 ” - rilianx
 
42.
Friend (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Despite their different family backgrounds, four friends grew up together in the wearisome years of the 70s... (113 mins.)
Director: Kyung-taek Kwak
“ Lance Crayon Top10 ” - rilianx
 
43.
Daytime Drinking (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Hyuk-Jin has just broken up with his girlfriend and decides to take a trip to Jeongseon in the province of Gangwon-do... (116 mins.)
Director: Young-seok Noh
“ Lance Crayon Top10 ” - rilianx
 
44.
Rough Cut (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A gangster who wants to be an actor; an actor more gangster than anything. Here their paths and lives begin to cross. (113 mins.)
Director: Hun Jang
“ Lance Crayon Top10 ” - rilianx
 
45.
Die Bad (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
"Die Bad" is an inventive feature made up of four distinct episodes, each with their own style. With their criss-crossing characters and themes... (95 mins.)
Director: Seung-wan Ryoo
“ Kyu Hyun Kim Top10 ” - rilianx
 
46.
Mother (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder. (128 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
“ Kyu Hyun Kim Top10 ” - rilianx
 
47.
This Charming Girl (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
This film is a restrained, yet thoroughly engaging, study of a female post office worker's emotional life. (99 mins.)
Director: Yoon-ki Lee
“ Kyu Hyun Kim Top10 ” - rilianx
 
48.
The Butterfly (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In a dystopian future, a tourist named Anna Kim books a guided tour to a Korean city plagued with acid rain... (112 mins.)
Director: Seung-wook Moon
“ Darcy Paquet - ” - rilianx
 
49.
Epitaph (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A series of horrifying events plague a Korean hospital in the 1940s. (98 mins.)
“ Darcy Paquet - ” - rilianx