excellent south korean movies

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1. The Berlin File (2013)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Thriller

54 Metascore

Jong-seong, a North Korean ghost agent, interrupts an illegal arms sale in Berlin. A notorious North Korean agent tests the loyalties of everyone involved as Jong-Seong prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Suk-kyu Han, Seung-bum Ryoo, Ji-hyun Jun

Votes: 5,985 | Gross: $0.67M

2. Gangnam Blues (2015)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Drama

Jong-Dae and Yong-Ki make a living by picking up paper and empty bottles. Both then join different gangster clan and becomes involved in a struggle of political interests over development in Gangnam, Seoul.

Director: Ha Yoo | Stars: Min-Ho Lee, Rae-won Kim, Jin-young Jung, Ji-Soo Kim

Votes: 1,311 | Gross: $0.02M

3. Sunflower (2006)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Drama

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, Yi-jae Heo, In-seong Hwang, Eun-pyo Jeong

Votes: 1,661

4. No Mercy (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: 5,028

5. The Divine Move (2014)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Crime

A professional baduk player infiltrates his local underground gambling scene to avenge his brother's death.

Director: Beom-gu Cho | Stars: Kil-kang Ahn, Sung-Ki Ahn, Greg Chun, Marc Diraison

Votes: 1,739

6. Commitment (2013)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Drama

36 Metascore

The son of a North Korean spy decides to follow in his father's footsteps to protect his little sister.

Director: Hong-soo Park | Stars: Seung-Hyun Choi, Ye-ri Han, Je-mun Yun, Sung-ha Jo

Votes: 2,544 | Gross: $0.08M

7. The Suspect (2013)

Not Rated | 137 min | Action, Thriller

63 Metascore

Betrayed and on the run, a North Korean agent tries to uncover the volatile secrets hidden inside the eyeglasses of a dead man.

Director: Shin-yeon Won | Stars: Jong-ryol Choi, Yoo Gong, Jae-yoon Jo, Sung-ha Jo

Votes: 4,699 | Gross: $0.22M

8. Under the Sun (2015)

78 min | Drama

Siwan's mother who invested her life to the church in hope of fixing his brothers illness committed suicide and his father is hiding from creditors. Siwan, all left alone, plans to revenge the church leader.

Director: Seul-ki Ahn | Stars: Yeon-woo Shin, Howon Kim, Young-sun Kim, Sophia Kim

9. The Traffickers (2013)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lynn Harrington, identical twin sister of slain kidnapped Teri, is herself taken by human traffickers who will harvest her organs for wealthy clients. Private Detective Stuart Tyrrell has ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Keeler | Stars: Andy Horowitz, James Hull, Christopher Keeler, Talia Saraceno

10. The Target (2014)

R | 98 min | Action, Thriller

An ER doctor teams up with an assassination target to rescue his wife, held hostage by corrupt criminals and, in the process, uncovers a conspiracy.

Director: Hong-Seung Yoon | Stars: Seung-ryong Ryu, Joon-Sang Yoo, Jin-wook Lee, Sung-ryung Kim

Votes: 1,573

11. Antarctic Journal (2005)

Not Rated | 115 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Strange things begin happening to an expedition deep in the Antarctic.

Director: Pil-sung Yim | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ji-tae Yu, Kyeong-ik Kim, Hee-soon Park

Votes: 1,654

12. Diary of June (2005)

105 min | Crime, Thriller

On their chase of a serial killer two cops find a diary in which all committed murders and many more to come are predicted.

Director: Kyung-Soo Im | Stars: Ki-beom Jang, Ji-min Kim, Kkobbi Kim, Yunjin Kim

Votes: 621

13. 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: 4,069

14. Running Man (2013)

127 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

A man who wrongly accused as a murderer know nothing but just running from everyone who want to catch him. Can he reveal the truth before things getting worst?

Director: Dong-oh Jo | Stars: Soo Yeon Han, Gi-seop Jeong, Seok-yong Jeong, Eun-ji Jo

Votes: 555

15. Bloody Tie (2006)

Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A low-level drug pusher is pressured by a corrupt cop to help him catch a local drug lord.

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

Votes: 608

16. Black House (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Thriller

Jun-oh, an insurance claims agent, faces off with a client who he suspects of committing murders with the intention of collecting insurance premiums.

Director: Terra Shin | Stars: Su-han Choi, Jung-min Hwang, In-gi Jeong, Shin-il Kang

Votes: 925

17. The Scarlet Letter (2004)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A detective, his 3 girls & a murder case. Complex emotional relationships and human nature's darker sides are explored in this captivating suspense drama about a cop whose lust for love threatens to get in the way of his professional life.

Director: Hyuk Byun | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Eun-ju Lee, Hyun-Ah Sung, Ji-won Uhm

Votes: 936

18. Double Agent (2003)

123 min | Action, Thriller

A North Korean diplomat defects to the South during the Cold War, but the South Koreans have their suspicions as to whether he is an actual defector or a double agent.

Director: Hyeon-jeong Kim | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, So-Young Ko, Ho-jin Chun, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 305

19. The Game (2008)

116 min | Drama, Thriller

A struggling artist Hee-do is offered a million dollars to bet his life if he loses a game against a rich old man named No-shik who is dying from a terminal disease. However if Hee Do loses... See full summary »

Director: In-ho Yun | Stars: Ha-kyun Shin, Hee-Bong Byun, Hye-yeong Lee, Hyeon-ju Son

Votes: 457

20. Green Fish (1997)

111 min | Drama

Returning home and finding his town drastically changed, a former soldier falls in with gangsters.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Seong-kun Mun, Seong-kyu Han, Suk-kyu Han, Jae-yeong Jeong

Votes: 1,277

21. Cold Eyes (2013)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A high-tech police surveillance team attempts to take down a gang of ruthless bank robbers.

Directors: Ui-seok Jo, Byung-seo Kim | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Woo-sung Jung, Hyo-Joo Han, Jun-Ho Lee

Votes: 5,527

22. Troubleshooter (2010)

Unrated | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

KANG Tae-sik, a former cop who was once the best man on the force, is now an infamous private detective who handles all kinds of dirty work from catching philanderers to collecting people's debts.

Director: Hyeok-jae Kwon | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Jung-Jin Lee, Dal-su Oh, Sung-min Lee

Votes: 327

23. No Mercy for the Rude (2006)

113 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

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-Joon Kim, Su-hee Go

Votes: 1,569

24. Jail Breakers (2002)

121 min | Action, Comedy

Two inmates successfully escape their prison only to find out that they are among those who'll get early release for the Korean National Liberation day. Now they have to get back into the prison in time to avoid further mayhem.

Director: Sang-Jin Kim | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Seung-won Cha, Yun-ah Song, Tae-seong Jang

Votes: 349

25. The Five (2013)

Not Rated | 123 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Eun-A lost her family at the hands of a serial killer. She is now mentally and physically destroyed. She then decides to get revenge by enlists the help of four people from different life to fulfill her revenge.

Director: Yeon-Sik Jung | Stars: Hak-rak Choi, In-gi Jeong, Jeong-ha, Han-chul Jo

Votes: 464

26. H (2002)

R | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A serial killer named Shin-Hyun gives himself up to police. He confesses to committing a series of particularly horrifying murders of exclusively female victims. He is imprisoned, awaiting ... See full summary »

Director: Jong-Hyuk Lee | Stars: Jung-ah Yum, Jin-hee Ji, Ji-ru Sung, Seung-woo Cho

Votes: 1,662

27. The Terror Live (2013)

Not Rated | 97 min | Action, Thriller

A newsman discovers he's been rigged with a bomb after he has an exclusive interview with a terrorist who blew up a bridge.

Director: Byung-woo Kim | Stars: Duk-moon Choi, Jin-ho Choi, Jung-woo Ha, Sung-chun Han

Votes: 4,909

28. The World of Silence (2006)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Jung-Ho a famous photographer who has a special ability to read people's minds, has just returned to Korea from abroad. Jung-Ho still can't get rid of traumatic memories of his late ... See full summary »

Director: Ui-seok Jo | Stars: Sang-kyung Kim, Yong-woo Park, Bo-bae Han, Hahm Eun-Jung

Votes: 520

29. May 18 (2007)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama

The story of events leading up to the 1980 Gwangju massacre in South Korea when thousands of students and protesters were killed by armed troops during an anti-government demonstration.

Director: Ji-hoon Kim | Stars: Sang-kyung Kim, Yo-won Lee, Sung-Ki Ahn, Tae-won Kwon

Votes: 915

30. 4th Period Mystery (2009)

86 min | Action, Crime, Drama

High school guys must find the killer of their classmate before the next class start, in 40 minutes.

Director: Sang-yong Lee | Stars: Chi-yong Ahn, In-sook Choi, Jae-sang Han, Soo-hyang Im

Votes: 317

31. Montage (2013)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

15 years ago, a mother lost her child in a kidnapping case. A similar crime happens again and she won't let him go this time.

Director: Geun-seop Jeong | Stars: Jeong-hwa Eom, Sang-kyung Kim, Young-chang Song, Hie-bong Jo

Votes: 4,589

32. A Hard Day (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

76 Metascore

After trying to cover up a car accident that left a man dead, a crooked homicide detective is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event.

Director: Seong-hun Kim | Stars: Sun-kyun Lee, Jin-Woong Cho, Man-sik Jeong, Jeong-geun Sin

Votes: 8,699

33. Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (2012)

Not Rated | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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 Yoon | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-Woong Cho, Dong-seok Ma

Votes: 4,861

34. The Client (2011)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Thriller

Elite attorney Kang Seong-Hee goes up against a top prosecutor over a case involving a man accused of killing his wife.

Director: Young-Sung Sohn | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Hee-soon Park, Hyuk Jang, Dong-il Sung

Votes: 1,201

35. The Thieves (2012)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

After a heist in South Korea, a gang of 5+1 fly to Hong Kong to look into a heist, in a Macau casino, of a $30M diamond, planned by someone unreliable. He brings in HK thieves as well. Can anyone be trusted?

Director: Dong-hoon Choi | Stars: Yoon-seok Kim, Jung-jae Lee, Hye-su Kim, Ji-hyun Jun

Votes: 8,134 | Gross: $0.69M

36. Confession of Murder (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Thriller

Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography describing murders he committed after the statute of limitations expires. A detective and one of the victim's mothers search for the author while another killer begins a spree of murders.

Director: Byung-gil Jung | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Shi-hoo Park, Hae-Kyun Jung, Yeong-ae Kim

Votes: 7,242

37. Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013)

Not Rated | 126 min | Action, Thriller

A boy with five fathers who is attached to the criminal underworld. A sinister past is about to be revealed as he is forced to join the killing spree.

Director: Joon-Hwan Jang | Stars: Yoon-seok Kim, Jin-Woong Cho, Hyun-Sung Jang, Seong-gyoon Kim

Votes: 3,360

38. Seven Days (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, Hee-soon Park, Moo-Seong Choi

Votes: 1,436

39. Voice of a Murderer (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: 1,530

40. Children... (2011)

Not Rated | 132 min | Crime, Thriller

The film is based on a true case from the early 1990s that is known among Koreans as the "disappearance of the frog children." In 1991, five elementary school students told their parents ... See full summary »

Director: Kyu-maan Lee | Stars: Yong-woo Park, Seung-ryong Ryu, Dong-il Sung, Ji-ru Sung

Votes: 1,999



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