North Korea (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Pulgasari (1985)

95 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

5.3
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In feudal Korea, the evil King becomes aware that there is a peasant rebellion being planned in the country. He steals all the iron farming tools and cooking pots from the people so that he... See full summary »

Director: Sang-ok Shin | Stars: Son Hui Chang, Ham Gi Sop, Jong-uk Ri, Gwon Ri

Votes: 1,071

2. The Other Side of the Mountain (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.6
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A North Korean nurse and a South Korean soldier fall in love during a tumultuous time of the Korean War, and experience lifetimes of consequences, separation and pain, with the hope of reuniting one day.

Director: In Hak Jang | Stars: Hyang Suk Kim, Ryung Min Kim, Jung Taik Park

Votes: 16

3. Dalam-iwa Goseumdochi (1977–2012)

TV-14 | Animation, War

4.8
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Two teenagers (Geumsaegi and Juldarami) fight against an evil army.

Stars: Lim Bok Hee, Kim Dae Hong, Won Jeong Suk, Gwon Nyeong Ju

Votes: 123

4. Hong Kil-dong (1986)

108 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.8
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The illegitimate son of a nobleman defends peasants from greedy rulers, confounds local bandits, and struggles for permission to marry his tasty upper-crust sweetheart despite their vast societal differences. Then ninjas arrive.

Directors: Kil-in Kim, Sang-ok Shin | Stars: Kye-Sung Chan, Son Hui Chang, Sun-bu Choe, Yong Il Hwan

Votes: 468

5. Sea of Blood (1969)

260 min | War

7.2
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A revolutionary novel, film, and opera created in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) about the mass killings during the long period of the Japanese occupation of Korea.

Director: Ik-gyu Choe

Votes: 29

6. The Flower Girl (1972)

TV-PG | 127 min | Drama, Musical

6.0
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The country is occupied by the Japanese imperialists. Koppun is selling flowers at the market to get some money to buy medicine for her sick mother. Her brother is imprisoned, her father ... See full summary »

Directors: Ik-gyu Choe, Hak Pak | Stars: Chon Sob Han, Yong Hui Hong, Ren Rin Kim, Ryon-suk Kim

Votes: 205

7. The Enchanted Mountain (2008)

G | 101 min | Animation

6.6
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On Mount Kungang, both men and animals live in peace. Until one day when a fawn is wounded. When the animal is well again, he helps a lonely hunter obtain peace and fall in love with a beautiful fairy.

Director: Kim J. Ok

Votes: 50

8. Comrade Kim Goes Flying (2012)

81 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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A female coal miner in communist Korea aspires to be an acrobat in a circus.

Directors: Nicholas Bonner, Anja Daelemans, Gwang Hun Kim | Stars: Jong-sim Han, Chung-guk Pak, Yong Ho Ri, Son-nam Kim

Votes: 275

9. Bamboo Bears (1995–1996)

Not Rated | Animation, Comedy

7.0
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Bamboo-Lee, Dah-Lee and Slo-Lee are three bears with a goal: to save the world before more species become extinct. But can the bears stand up to the spineless villains behind Ratco Corporation?

Votes: 36

10. Playing Frisbee in North Korea (2018)

86 min | Documentary

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Director: Savanna Washington

11. Unsung Heroes (1978)

60 min | Action, Drama

5.0
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The film follows Yu Rim, a Korean expatriate in the United Kingdom working as a journalist, who is ordered by the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea to proceed to Seoul and gather intelligence on the United States Forces Korea.

Directors: Ko Hak-lim, Ryu Ho-son | Stars: Kim Ryong-lin, Jung-hwa Kim, Woon-mo Jung, Son Dae-won

Votes: 27

12. Boy Partisans (1951)

97 min | Drama, War

5.9
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"Boy Partisans", one of the first Korean films to be shot during the war, tells the story of a group of teenagers who decide to form a Partisan unit after the Americans temporarily take over cities liberated by the Communists.

Director: Yong-Gyu Yoon | Stars: Se-Yong Kim, Ye-bong Mun, Seung-min Nam, Chansook Byun

Votes: 14

13. Empress Chung (2005)

93 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

6.6
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A young princess makes a drastic decision in order to save her father's eyesight.

Director: Nelson Shin

Votes: 27

14. The Schoolgirl's Diary (2007)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

5.3
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A student experiences different conflicts as she works toward being a scientist.

Director: In Hak Jang | Stars: Mi-hyang Pak, Jin-mi Kim, Cheol Kim, Jeong-mi Kim

Votes: 180

15. Order No. 027 (1986)

77 min | Drama, War

4.7
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A group of elite soldiers is sent across the border to South Korea to destroy a military base. The soldiers are well aware of the inherent suicide nature of their mission, but are happy to ... See full summary »

Directors: Ki Mo Jung, Eung Suk Kim | Stars: Sung Chol Cha, Yong Chol Choe, Pong Ho Han, Kwang Jo

Votes: 149

16. A Broad Bellflower (1987)

92 min | Drama

6.3
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In a humble rural village, a man aspires of leaving his home behind and moving to the prosperous city, while his lover wishes to stay and transform the town into an ideal and harmonious community.

Directors: Eun-hie Choi, Kyun Soon Jo, Sang-ok Shin | Stars: Ryung Jo Kim, Mi Ran Oh, Yeon Ock Song

Votes: 71

17. Gojumong (2016– )

40 min | Animation, Action, Drama

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18. Sagwa ttal ttae (1971)

102 min | Drama

4.3
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Director: Yong-ho Kim | Stars: Yong-hui Chong, Min Hwang, Se-Yong Kim, Byung-ok Son

Votes: 7

19. Meet in Pyongyang (2012)

95 min | Drama

4.8
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Directors: Kim Hyan Choi, Xierzhati Yahefu | Stars: Alice Liu, Kim Ok Rim, Yuling Tao, Pak Jong Taek

Votes: 9

20. Wolmi Island (1982)

92 min | Action, Drama, War

5.3
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Director: Gyong-sun Cho | Stars: Hyun Chang-Gyeol, Gyong-sun Cho, Chang-su Choe, Jung Eui-Gyeom

Votes: 31

21. My Village at Sunset (1994)

63 min | Drama

7.4
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NEARI is a young nurse at Siem Reap-Angkor provincial hospital. She recalls a recent memory: She remembers the arrival of SEIHA, a young doctor came back from France. The team of the ... See full summary »

Director: Norodom Sihanouk | Stars: Norodom Sihamoni, San Chariya, Mam Kanika, Ros Sarocun

Votes: 12

22. Joseon-Kkubachinseon-ui saeloun jang-eul pyeolchin lyeogsajeogsangbong - Juche107, 2018. 11. 4-6 (2019 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary

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A historical reunion that unfolded a new chapter in the North Korea-Cuba friendship.

Stars: Jong-Un Kim, Miguel Díaz-Canel, Yo-Jong Kim, Lis Cuesta Peraza

23. A Traffic Controller on Crossroads (1986)

59 min | Drama

6.1
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A driver learns the importance of obeying traffic regulations.

Director: Che Phun Ki | Stars: Ri Sol Hee, Ko Sam He, Ri Song Il, Ri Yong Nam

Votes: 74

24. Legend of Chunhyang (1959)

103 min | Drama

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Based on an old Korean legend about the tender and beautiful love of the poor girl Chun Hyang and the son of the formidable and cruel ruler Mong Nyoung.

Director: Yong-Gyu Yoon | Stars: In-hee Woo, Chang-gyu Shin, Sun-Young Kim, Ok-suk Ten

25. The Little Bear (1988– )

13 min | Animation

5.5
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A raccoon dog is so smart that he can solve any problem he encounters, depending on adventures or incidents. He is often together with a male bear and a female cat.

Votes: 10

26. Simba Jr. And the Football World Cup (1995– )

Animation

4.8
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Votes: 32

27. The Queen of the Swallows (2008)

81 min | Animation

7.7
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Director: Kim J. Ok

Votes: 17

28. My Home Village (1949)

92 min | Drama, War

6.6
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The first full-length North Korean film portrays the glorious revolution of patriots and low-class farmers against the oppression of landlords and Japanese imperialists.

Director: Hong-sik Kang | Stars: Ye-bong Mun, Hak Pak, Ul-min Tae, Gyong-ae Yu

Votes: 12

29. Lighthouse (1983)

79 min | Drama

5.5
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The protagonist of this movie was a lighthouse keeper before the liberation of Korea. He leads a better life after liberation, and despite his advancing age, he manages lighthouse in full working order, admirably, depending on his homeland

Director: Chun-sik Kim

Votes: 7

30. Runaway (II) (1984)

100 min | Drama

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Considered by Shin to be his best North Korean film.

Director: Sang-ok Shin | Star: Jong-Il Kim

31. Sogum (1985)

Drama

8.2
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Set in Gando in the 1930s, a family hides a wealthy Chinese-Korean merchant while the father is killed in a fight between the Japanese police and Chinese bandits. The wife believes the communists are the cause of her husband's death.

Director: Sang-ok Shin | Star: Un Hui Choe

Votes: 11

32. People are the Sky (2014)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.6
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A naturalized American citizen born in North Korea, this filmmaker interweaves two themes: search for home and ordinary people, while exploring how North Korea has reached the current state... See full summary »

Director: Dai Sil Kim-Gibson | Star: Dai Sil Kim-Gibson

Votes: 5

34. Uli bundan jandibat (2016 TV Short)

14 min | Animation, Short, Family

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A group of young boys has to take care of a lawn.

35. The Kites Flying in the Sky (2008)

98 min | Drama

5.9
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Directors: Hyon-Chol Kim, Phyo Kwang | Stars: Chang-sun An, Seo Hsin-Sook, Choi Hui-Yeong, Kim Il-Hyun

Votes: 12

36. The Tale of Chun Hyang (1980)

146 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.9
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A tender hearted young noble man, Mong Ryong, falls in love with the famous Chun Hyang, the most beautiful girl of a Korean village, who is also a pure hearted artist but unfortunately from... See full summary »

Directors: Yong-Gyu Yoon, Won Jun Yu | Stars: Sun Gyu Choe, Yong Suk Kim, Jong Hwan Ko, Son Yong Kim

Votes: 24

37. The Tale of Shim Chong (1985)

100 min | Drama

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Director: Sang-ok Shin

38. From Spring to Summer (1988)

93 min | Action, War

6.1
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Set during World War 2, a female Russian soldier named Masha is on a mission to discover a secret Japanese base in Korea. Everybody who accompanies her on the mission shortly dies, and she ... See full summary »

Directors: Nikita Orlov, San Bok Pak, Sang-ok Shin | Stars: Elena Drobysheva, Chkhol Kim, Yuriy Kuznetsov, Aleksey Buldakov

Votes: 26

39. Song of Restrospection (1986)

73 min | Drama

4.7
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Mr. Komak, a musician from one foreign power, and Ra Sol Ju, Navy communicator of DPRK, who also does have a sense of music, met twice. First, on the Korean War, where she captured him, and... See full summary »

Director: Ryu Ho-son | Stars: Kim Chong-hwa, Kim Chong-nam, Sor-hui Yi, Chan Yun

Votes: 10

40. A Hedgehog Defeats the Tiger (1984)

90 min | Animation

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A tiger is angry and want to challenge the Hedgehog who once insulted him by spared his life.

Director: Sang-ok Shin

41. Pagoejeog-in daejaeang - Jigmyeonhan hyeonsil (2020 TV Short)

7 min | Documentary, Short

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43. Sangolbungyoe bachyeojin ma-eum -Deogseong-gun jungsangogeubjunghaggyo molanbungyo- (2020 TV Short)

15 min | Documentary, Short

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44. The Hero Noreturn (1984)

132 min | Drama, History

7.2
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Based on a play called "Bloody Conference" (allegedly written by Kim Il-sung). A dramatized retelling of the Hague Secret Emissary Affair from the perspective of Yi Jun, a Korean prosecutor and diplomat.

Director: Sang-ok Shin | Stars: Chang-su Choe, Son Dae-won, Min Hwang, Kim Jun-sik

Votes: 6

45. Jalyeoggaengsaeng-ui bichnaneun jeontong (2020 TV Short)

17 min | Documentary, Short

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46. Nation and Destiny 9-10: Cha Hong Gi (1995)

165 min | Drama

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The life story of Ch'oe Hong-hui. Also known as General Choi, he was a South Korean army general and martial artist who is a controversial figure in the history of the Korean martial art of... See full summary »

Stars: Hyun Chang-Gyeol, Chang-su Choe, Kim Chong-hwa, Pak Ki Ju

47. Americans in Pyongyang (2008 Video)

G | 53 min | Documentary, War

7.7
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In summer 2007 the New York Philharmonic received an invitation that was unprecedented in the orchestra's history. North Korea, the world's most isolated and secluded country and ... See full summary »

Director: Ayelet Heller

Votes: 18

48. Sekunda na podvig (1985)

135 min | Adventure, War

6.0
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Directors: Kil-son Om, Sang-ok Shin, Eldor Urazbaev | Stars: Andrey Martynov, Chhan-su Chve, Oleg Anofriev, Yon-hi Chon

Votes: 19

49. From 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. (1990)

82 min | War

3.8
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Set during the Korean War, a squadron of North Korean soldiers must scramble across dangerous terrain to cut off an American attack with only 12 hours in which to do so.

Director: Kim Yu-Sam | Stars: Hyun Chang-Gyeol, James Joseph Dresnok, Jung Eui-Gyeom, Jeong Woon Kim

Votes: 14

50. The Country I Saw (1987)

Drama

5.3
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While serving as a journalist in World War 2 for the Imperial Army of Japan, "Takahashi Minoru" (Pak Ki Ju) sees first-hand the impact on Koreans who have had their national identity ... See full summary »

Directors: Eun-hie Choi, Sang-ok Shin | Stars: Seo Gyeong-Seob, Lee Jin-Hwan, Pak Ki Ju, Rho Jung-won

Votes: 12


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