85 of My Favorite South Korea Films (2000 - 2011)

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1. Late Autumn (2010)

116 min | Drama

Anna Chen's highly jealous husband discovers that Anna has rekindled a relationship with her first love. When Anna's husband confronts her about their relationship a terrible fight ensues. ... See full summary »

Director: Tae-yong Kim | Stars: Wei Tang, Hyun Bin, James C. Burns, Jun Kim

Votes: 1,304

2. Sseo-ni (2011)

124 min | Comedy, Drama

Seven girls become good friends in high school, then events pull them apart for 25 years. When one of the friends lies dying in a hospital, she wishes to see each of them one last time.

Director: Hyeong-Cheol Kang | Stars: Ho-jeong Yu, Eun-kyung Shim, Hee-kyung Jin, Min-yeong Kim

Votes: 3,848

3. Do-ga-ni (2011)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

Based on real events, this film depicts the story of a school for the hearing-impaired where young deaf students were sexually assaulted by the faculty members over a long period of time.

Director: Dong-hyuk Hwang | Stars: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Hyeon-soo Kim, Kim Jee-Young

Votes: 6,816

4. Hahaha (2010)

115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two friends, while having drinks together, share their memories of visiting the seaside resort of Tongyeong.

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Sang-kyung Kim, So-Ri Moon, Kang-woo Kim, Yeo-jeong Yoon

Votes: 1,001

5. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Drama, Horror

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-hyeok Lee, In-seo Kim

Votes: 85,913 | Gross: $0.13M

6. 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: 51,062 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Oki's Movie (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

78 Metascore

A love story between a middle-aged professor, a young student who prepares a movie and a student/film-maker who drinks too much.

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Sun-kyun Lee, Yu-mi Jung, Seong-kun Mun, Tae-goo Eom

Votes: 777

8. Shi (2010)

Unrated | 139 min | Drama

87 Metascore

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.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Jeong-hie Yun, Da-wit Lee, Hee-ra Kim, Nae-sang Ahn

Votes: 7,721 | Gross: $0.36M

9. Hwanghae (2010)

R | 136 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

A taxi driver goes on the run after an attempt to carry out a hit on a professor goes terribly awry.

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

Votes: 14,664

10. Hanyo (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

A man's affair with his family's housemaid leads to dark consequences.

Director: Sang-soo Im | Stars: Do-yeon Jeon, Jung-jae Lee, Yeo-jeong Yoon, Woo Seo

Votes: 7,780 | Gross: $0.15M

11. Yeo-haeng-ja (2009)

92 min | Drama

Inspired by her childhood, French-Korean filmmaker Ounie Lecomte recounts the emotional journey of a little girl abandoned by her father in an orphanage.

Director: Ounie Lecomte | Stars: Sae-ron Kim, Do Yeon Park, Ko Asung, Myung-shin Park

Votes: 1,904

12. Ddongpari (2008)

Not Rated | 130 min | Crime, Drama

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: 4,147

13. 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: 33,745 | Gross: $0.55M

14. Castaway on the Moon (2009)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Romance

A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness.

Director: Hae-jun Lee | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Ryeowon Jung, Yeong-seo Park, Mi-kyeong Yang

Votes: 13,038 | Gross: $3.73M

15. 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: 44,999

16. Keurosing (2008)

107 min | Drama

About a young boy in North Korea who wants to find his father who is forced to become a refugee in South Korea.

Director: Tae-gyun Kim | Stars: In-Pyo Cha, Myeong-cheol Shin, Young-hwa Seo, In-gi Jeong

Votes: 944

17. Ssang-hwa-jeom (2008)

133 min | Drama, History, Romance

A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard.

Director: Ha Yoo | Stars: In-sung Jo, Jin-mo Ju, Ji-Hyo Song, Yong-gu Do

Votes: 2,975

18. Night and Day (2008)

Not Rated | 144 min | Drama

73 Metascore

"Night and Day" is centered around the mixed emotions found in traveling. Characters in the film are Sung-nam Kim, an artist selected by the Korean government that escaped from Seoul and ... See full summary »

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Yeong-ho Kim, Su-jeong Hwang, Eun-hye Park, Boris Baum

Votes: 752

19. 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: 29,278 | Gross: $0.13M

20. Hængbok (2007)

124 min | Drama, Romance

A love story about two people who meet while battling serious illnesses.

Director: Jin-ho Hur | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Gin-goo Kim, In-Sook Kim, Ki-Cheon Kim

Votes: 500

21. Milyang (2007)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama

84 Metascore

A woman moves to the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to fit in, another tragic event overturns her life.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Do-yeon Jeon, Kang-ho Song, Yeong-jin Jo, Mi-kyung Kim

Votes: 4,822

22. Geu nom moksori (2007)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

One day, the only son of famous news anchor HAN Kyung-bae, disappears without a trace. Soon, the kidnapper calls the mother demanding a $100,000 ransom. The police assign a veteran ... See full summary »

Director: Jin-pyo Park | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Nam-ju Kim, Dong-won Gang, Yeong-cheol Kim

Votes: 1,383

23. Hansel and Gretel (2007)

TV-14 | 117 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

After meeting an mysterious girl on an dark stretch of road, a young salesman is invited to a beautiful house with bizarre secrets and no way to escape.

Director: Pil-sung Yim | Stars: Jeong-myeong Cheon, Eun Won-jae, Eun-kyung Shim, Ji-hee Jin

Votes: 3,793

24. M (I) (2007)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A young writer can't write a word for his next novel, he also doesn't feel right with his fiancée; because he falls in love with a woman, but he can't remember who she is and can't figure out if she's real or just a dream.

Director: Myung-se Lee | Stars: Dong-won Gang, Yeon-hee Lee, Hyo-Jin Kong, Won-hee Im

Votes: 399

25. Sebeun deijeu (2007)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Thriller

A successful lawyer who, in order to save her daughter, is pressured into defending the innocence of a man slated to receive the death penalty.

Director: Shin-yeon Won | Stars: Yunjin Kim, Mi-suk Kim, Hie-sun Park, Moo-Seong Choi

Votes: 1,298

26. Ma-i pa-deo (2007)

107 min | Drama

A U.S. soldier comes to Korea and tracks down his biological father in jail.

Director: Dong-hyuk Hwang | Stars: Daniel Henney, Seok-Hwan An, Martin Lord Cayce, Sarah Chang

Votes: 151

27. Jjakpae (2006)

92 min | Action

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: 3,838

28. Haebyeonui yeoin (2006)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

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.

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Seung-woo Kim, Hyun-Jung Go, Seon-mi Song, Tae-woo Kim

Votes: 910 | Gross: $0.01M

29. Biyeolhan geori (2006)

Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Drama

A small time thug collecting debts for the local triad is torn between his criminal aspirations and his devotion to family.

Director: Ha Yoo | Stars: In-sung Jo, Ho-jin Chun, Min Namkoong, Bo-young Lee

Votes: 6,552

30. 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: 79,424 | Gross: $2.20M

31. Gajokeui tansaeng (2006)

113 min | Drama

Mira is a shy, single woman who runs a small restaurant and tends her plants with love and care. Her life is thrown into mayhem when her brother Hyung Chul, shows up out of the blue after ... See full summary »

Director: Tae-yong Kim | Stars: Tae-gyu Bong, Tae-woong Eom, Heung-chae Jeong, Hie-bong Jo

Votes: 293

32. 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: 20,227

33. Sasaeng gyeoldan (2006)

Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 566

34. 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: 10,666 | Gross: $0.01M

35. Gukgyeong-ui namjjok (2006)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

Kim Sun-ho is a horn player in an orchestra in North Korea. As he belongs to a comparatively high class in his country, Sun-ho enjoys his life and has plans to marry his girlfriend Yon-hwa.... See full summary »

Director: Pan-suk Ahn | Stars: Seung-won Cha, Yi-jin Jo, Ah-Hyeon Lee, Hye-jin Shim

Votes: 137

36. 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: 5,920

37. Horobicheu-reul wihayeo (2006)

108 min | Drama

Kim Ji-su is a 31-year-old single woman who once wanted to become a famous pianist like Horowitz. Her dream was shattered but she was able to go on by teaching children to play piano. One ... See full summary »

Director: Hyeong-jin Kwon | Stars: Hyeon-jeong Ahn, Ah-reum Cha, Seon-ja Choi, Yun-ah Choi

Votes: 209

38. 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: 29,439

39. Hyeol-eui-noo (2005)

Not Rated | 119 min | Mystery, Thriller

Blood Rain tells the story of a slew of grisly murders plaguing a small, fairly isolated island village. However, it's not just the mounting death toll that's causing residents to worry, ... See full summary »

Director: Dae-seung Kim | Stars: Seung-won Cha, Yong-woo Park, Seong Ji, Se-ah Yun

Votes: 950

40. Wang-ui namja (2005)

119 min | Drama, History

Two clowns living in Korea's Chosun Dynasty get arrested for staging a play that satirizes the king. They are dragged to the palace and threatened with execution but are given a chance to save their lives if they can make the king laugh.

Director: Joon-ik Lee | Stars: Woo-seong Kam, Jin-young Jung, Seong-Yeon Kang, Joon-Gi Lee

Votes: 4,334

41. Lady Vengeance (2005)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 60,794 | Gross: $0.21M

42. Jumeogi unda (2005)

134 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Tae Sik, a troubled middle aged man and Sang Hwan, a troubled youth will meet in the ring with their respective mission. To change their life.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Seung-bum Ryoo, Kil-kang Ahn, Jeong-ah Bae

Votes: 2,556

43. Neoneun nae unmyeong (2005)

G | 121 min | Drama, Romance

Seok-joong, a farmer in his mid thirties, is desperate to find a wife and settle down. After backing out of a scheme to set him up with a Filipino bride, he falls head over heels in love ... See full summary »

Director: Jin-pyo Park | Stars: Do-yeon Jeon, Jung-min Hwang, Mun-hee Na, Seung-su Ryu

Votes: 578

44. Maraton (2005)

117 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

An autistic boy discovers he has a talent for running and with the help of the mother participates in a major marathon.

Director: Yoon-chul Chung | Stars: Seung-woo Cho, Mi-suk Kim, Gi-yeong Lee, Sung-Hyun Baek

Votes: 1,936

45. Tae-poong (2005)

R | 124 min | Action

46 Metascore

A modern-day pirate plans a massive attack on North and South Korea.

Director: Kyung-taek Kwak | Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Jung-jae Lee, Mi-yeon Lee, David Lee McInnis

Votes: 1,162 | Gross: $0.14M

46. Yeonae-ui mokjeok (2005)

121 min | Comedy, Romance

An introvert, indifferent woman joins a high school as a student teacher, under supervision of a shameless, nymphomaniac man who is a year younger than her. On a school trip, the supervisor... See full summary »

Director: Jae-rim Han | Stars: Hae-il Park, Yeong-gi Jeong, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-yeon Lee

Votes: 464

47. Domabaem (2006)

117 min | Romance

One sunny day, a young boy named Jo-kang meets a curious young girl dressed in a bright yellow raincoat. She tells everyone in school that she is an alien and whomever she touches will be ... See full summary »

Director: Ji-eun Kang | Stars: Seung-woo Cho, Hye-jeong Kang, Ju-yeon Byeon, Jin-young Jung

Votes: 752

48. April Snow (2005)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

A man and a woman meet in the hospital after their respective partners are involved in a car accident. After learning that their spouses have been having an affair, the two begin one of their own.

Director: Jin-ho Hur | Stars: Yong-jun Bae, Ye-jin Son, Kook-huan Chun, Clazziquai

Votes: 1,461

49. 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: 42,861 | Gross: $0.24M

50. 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: 18,280

51. Ineo gongju (2004)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.8