Korean Movies I've Watched

by slightly_otaku | created - 07 May 2011 | updated - 11 Aug 2011 | Public

Any one of which I could recommend to the Korean movie lover. Enjoy!

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1. Oldeuboi (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

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: 425,968 | Gross: $0.71M

2. Lady Vengeance (2005)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly cruel and brutal means.

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

Votes: 61,059 | Gross: $0.21M

3. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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: 52,948 | Gross: $0.05M

4. I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Soo-jung Lim, Rain, Hee-jin Choi, Byeong-ok Kim

Votes: 20,295

5. My Sassy Girl (2001)

Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Based on a series of true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim on the Internet describing his relationship with his girlfriend. These were later transformed into a best-selling book and the movie ... See full summary »

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Tae-hyun Cha, Ji-hyun Jun, In-mun Kim, Wok-suk Song

Votes: 40,631

6. The Chaser (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

64 Metascore

A disgraced ex-policeman who runs a small ring of prostitutes finds himself in a race against time when one of his women goes missing.

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

Votes: 45,364

7. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 90,152 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom (2008)

R | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Western

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: 29,384 | Gross: $0.13M

9. A Bittersweet Life (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama

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: 29,662

10. Kidari ajeossi (2005)

99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Young-mi (played by the fresh and wonderful Ha Ji-won) lost her parents when she was still young, but despite such hardship, she manages to live her life cheerfully. Helping her out is a ... See full summary »

Director: Jeong-sik Kong | Stars: Hyun Bin, Bo-ra Geum, Ji-won Ha, Jun-ha Jeong

Votes: 458

11. Someone Special (2004)

107 min | Comedy, Romance

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.

Director: Jin Jang | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Na-yeong Lee, Jin Jang, Young-nam Jang

Votes: 965

12. Kim-jong-wook-chat-gi (2010)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

Gi-joon starts an agency that helps people locate their long-lost first loves and Ji-woo becomes his first client. She is dragged there by her worried father, Captain SEO, who learns that ... See full summary »

Director: You-jeong Chang | Stars: Soo-jung Lim, Yoo Gong, Seung-su Ryu, Chung-Ah Lee

Votes: 855

13. Welkkeom tu Dongmakgol (2005)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Soldiers from both sides of the Korean divide live among villagers who know nothing of the war.

Director: Kwang-Hyun Park | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Ha-kyun Shin, Hye-jeong Kang, Ha-ryong Lim

Votes: 5,769

14. A Moment to Remember (2004)

117 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Director: John H. Lee | Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Ye-jin Son, Jong-hak Baek, Sun-jin Lee

Votes: 18,388

15. The Host (2006)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Horror

85 Metascore

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.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Hee-Bong Byun, Hae-il Park, Doona Bae

Votes: 79,844 | Gross: $2.20M

16. Minyeo-neun goerowo (2006)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A talented but obese girl, who ghost-sings for a not-so-talented pop star, undergoes extensive plastic surgery to become a slender beauty with a new identity.

Director: Yong-hwa Kim | Stars: Jin-mo Ju, Ah-jung Kim, Dong-il Sung, Hyeon-sook Kim

Votes: 5,965

17. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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: 48,073

18. Yasuwa minyeo (2005)

102 min | Comedy, Romance

A white lie makes things even more difficult for Dong-gun when his blind girlfriend regains sight after a successful operation. Will she love him for who he is?

Director: Gye-byeok Lee | Stars: Seung-bum Ryoo, Min-a Shin, Sang-tae Ahn, Hahm Eun-Jung

Votes: 637

19. Aju teukbyeolhan sonnim (2006)

99 min | Drama

A young girl is asked by strangers to impersonate a prodigal daughter to fulfill a father's dying wish, and in doing so tests the fragility of family bonds.

Director: Yoon-ki Lee | Stars: Il-hwa Choi, Ju-bong Gi, Hyo-Joo Han, Jung-ki Kim

Votes: 282

20. Soon-jeong-man-hwa (2008)

113 min | Comedy, Romance

Thirty-year-old Yun-woo bumps into a high school student in the elevator while on his way to work. His heart starts pounding at this teenager's boldness. At a subway station, KANG Sook ... See full summary »

Director: Jang-ha Ryu | Stars: Ji-tae Yu, Yeon-hee Lee, Jeong-an Chae, Kang In

Votes: 996

21. Eorin shinbu (2004)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A teenage girl tries to continue her normal social and school life, after her grandfather forces her into an arranged marriage with a man in his twenties.

Director: Ho-joon Kim | Stars: Rae-won Kim, Geun-young Moon, Sun-yeong Ahn, Bo-kyeong Kim

Votes: 4,488

22. Donggabnaegi gwawoehagi (2003)

110 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 2,049

23. Shinbu sueob (2004)

110 min | Comedy, Romance

Kyu-sik is a seminary student, who one day falls during a church service, dropping a precious, pope-blessed relic. As punishment, he and his comic relief friend Seon-dal are sent away to a ... See full summary »

Director: In-mu Heo | Stars: Sang-Woo Kwon, Ji-won Ha, In-kwon Kim, In-mun Kim

Votes: 810

24. 3-Iron (2004)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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-Yun Lee, Hee Jae, Hyuk-ho Kwon, Jeong-ho Choi

Votes: 43,001 | Gross: $0.24M

25. Bi-mong (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

In the aftermath of a car crash, a man discovers his dreams are tied to a stranger's sleepwalking.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Na-yeong Lee, Mi-hee Chang, Tae-hyeon Kim

Votes: 3,249

26. Shi gan (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

73 Metascore

To save her relationship, a woman puts herself through extensive plastic surgery.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Ji-Yeon Park, Jun-yeong Jang, Gyu-Woon Jung

Votes: 10,704 | Gross: $0.01M

27. Bad Guy (2001)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

49 Metascore

One man's attempt to fill humane loneliness. But love is not for "scumbags".

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Jae-Hyun Cho, Won Seo, Yun-tae Kim, Duk-moon Choi

Votes: 8,165

28. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Young-min Kim

Votes: 68,652 | Gross: $2.38M

29. Hwal (2005)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

On a fishing boat at sea, a 60-year old man has been raising a girl since she was a baby. It is agreed that they will get married on her 17th birthday, and she is 16 now. They live a quiet and secluded life, renting the boat to day fishermen and practicing strange divination rites. Their life changes when a teenage student comes aboard...

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Yeo-reum Han, Si-jeok Seo, Gook-hwan Jeon, Seong-hwan Jeon

Votes: 9,624

30. Thirst (2009)

R | 135 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

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, Hee-jin Choi, Dong-soo Seo

Votes: 35,455 | Gross: $0.30M

31. Naui gyeolhon wonjeonggi (2005)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

A 38-year-old single man, Hong Man-Taek is a petty farmer still living with his mother. Seeing a neighbor married to an Uzbekistan bride and frightened by the fact that his own grandson ... See full summary »

Director: Byeong-guk Hwang | Stars: Soo Ae, Kim Jee-Young, Jae-yeong Jeong, Eung-soo Kim

Votes: 153

32. Yeoja, Jeong-hye (2004)

99 min | Drama

This film is a restrained, yet thoroughly engaging, study of a female post office worker's emotional life.

Director: Yoon-ki Lee | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Ji-Soo Kim, Kkobbi Kim, Mi-seong Kim

Votes: 519

33. Kwa-sok-seu-kaen-deul (2008)

108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A radio DJ/entertainer in his 30s suddenly learns he may be a grandfather, thanks to a young girl who has a baby son and claims to be his daughter.

Director: Hyeong-Cheol Kang | Stars: Tae-hyun Cha, Il-Kwon Ahn, Kyeong-min Hong, Seok-hyeon Hwang

Votes: 3,133

34. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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-Hyuk Lee, In-seo Kim

Votes: 86,521 | Gross: $0.13M

35. Bimilae (2010)

111 min | Drama

(Korean with English subtitles) Beautiful, young, and newly wed - yet Yeon-yi finds her world shattered when her husband, Jin-wu, is left in a coma from a brutal accident. When Yeoni-yi ... See full summary »

Director: Hoon-i Ryu | Stars: Ji-tae Yu, Jin-seo Yoon, In-gi Jeong, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 272

36. Yongseoneun eupda (2010)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Despite of being nearly proven the murderer, a serial killer threatens to kill the daughter of a forensic pathologist if he doesn't get him bailed out.

Director: Hyeong-Joon Kim | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Seung-bum Ryoo, Hye-jin Han, Ji-ru Sung

Votes: 4,126

37. Mother (2009)

R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 34,038 | Gross: $0.55M

38. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

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: 51,420 | Gross: $0.01M

39. Soo (2007)

Not Rated | 122 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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: 356

40. Hellowoo goseuteu (2010)

111 min | Comedy, Drama

A man's failed suicide attempt enables him to see ghosts, who later keep following him everywhere. It is now up to him to fulfill their wishes to make them go away.

Director: Young-Tak Kim | Stars: Tae-hyun Cha, Ye-won Kang, Moon-su Lee, Chang-Seok Ko

Votes: 3,070

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

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

When the most probable serial killer suspect dies and the case looks like it's reached a dead end, police brass decide to create a killer - and anyone will do.

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

Votes: 1,486