Best South Korean Movies

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1. Failan (2001)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

Kangjae, a small time gangster receive a news that his wife Failan is dead. Failan, his wife who he never met.

Director: Hae-sung Song | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Cecilia Cheung, Dae-Hoon Jeong, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 5,147

2. Painted Fire (2002)

Unrated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

78 Metascore

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.

Director: Kwon-taek Im | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Sung-Ki Ahn, Ho-jeong Yu, Yeo-jin Kim

Votes: 2,401 | Gross: $0.06M

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: 56,371 | Gross: $0.05M

4. Oldboy (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: 462,416 | Gross: $0.71M

5. 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 brutal means.

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

Votes: 64,840 | Gross: $0.21M

6. 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: 102,246 | Gross: $0.01M

7. 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: 71,559 | Gross: $2.38M

8. 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: 45,205 | Gross: $0.24M

9. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, War

64 Metascore

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Won Bin, Eun-ju Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 35,824 | Gross: $1.11M

10. The Bow (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, Ji-Seok Seo, Gook-hwan Jeon, Seong-hwan Jeon

Votes: 10,024

11. 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: 32,013

12. Battle Ground 625 (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: 6,151

13. The Host (2006)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Horror

85 Metascore

A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and begins 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: 85,612 | Gross: $2.20M

14. A Dirty Carnival (2006)

Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Crime, 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: 7,149

15. Time (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: 11,151 | Gross: $0.01M

16. 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: 50,013

17. Mother (2009)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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, Won Bin, Goo Jin, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 37,863 | Gross: $0.55M

18. A Brand New Life (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: 1,980

19. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

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, Bo-ra Nam

Votes: 94,783 | Gross: $0.13M

20. The Yellow Sea (2010)

R | 136 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

The attempt to carry out a hit on a professor goes terribly awry, triggering a series of violent events which force a taxi driver to run for his life.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Yoon-Seok Kim, Sung-ha Jo, Seok-jeong Hwang

Votes: 16,363

21. Silenced (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: 8,427

22. Pieta (2012)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Min-soo Jo, Jung-Jin Lee, Ki-Hong Woo, Eunjin Kang

Votes: 11,590 | Gross: $0.02M

23. Masquerade (2012)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama, History

A look-alike commoner is secretly hired to take the place of a poisoned king to save his country from falling into chaos.

Director: Chang-min Choo | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Seung-ryong Ryu, Hyo-Joo Han, In-kwon Kim

Votes: 5,226 | Gross: $0.92M

24. Snowpiercer (2013)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris

Votes: 241,919 | Gross: $4.56M

25. The Admiral (2014)

Not Rated | 126 min | Action, Drama, History

Admiral Yi Sun-sin faces a tough challenge when he is forced to defend his nation with just 13 battleships against 300 Japanese enemy ships in the Battle of Myeongryang.

Director: Han-min Kim | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Seung-ryong Ryu, Jin-Woong Cho, Myung-gon Kim

Votes: 8,917 | Gross: $2.59M

26. The Handmaiden (2016)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-Woong Cho, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 80,730 | Gross: $2.01M

27. The Age of Shadows (2016)

TV-MA | 140 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

Korean resistance fighters smuggle explosives to destroy facilities controlled by Japanese forces in this period action thriller.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Kang-ho Song, Yoo Gong, Richard Epcar

Votes: 6,619 | Gross: $0.54M

28. The Wailing (2016)

Not Rated | 156 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

81 Metascore

Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman, drawn into the incident, is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Do-won Kwak, Woo-hee Chun

Votes: 36,133



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