BEST KOREAN MOVIES TO WATCH BEFORE EVERYTHING - TheLegalInternet.com | Best Online NEWS/INFO on what is and isn't LEGAL and ENTERTAINING

Sponsor

banner image

POSTS

BEST KOREAN MOVIES TO WATCH BEFORE EVERYTHING

BEST KOREAN MOVIES


LANGUAGE IS NO BARRIER

By KARTHIK – June 29, 2020




BEST KOREAN MOVIES

We all are aware of Hollywood movies since it is the mecca of movie making and English being a global language everyone around the world can come together and have an integrated experience. With the rise of internet and streaming services movies around the world are now getting the same spotlight that once only Hollywood movies used to receive.

Korean movies could be considered as the hidden gems waiting to be unearthed and admired. With a culture and heritage different from western civilization the movies and stories presented are bound to be unique and inventive.

Korean movies have a large library of versatile, artistic, beautiful as well as violent movies that are waiting to be discovered. Therefore, here I have compiled a good collection of movies ranging from genre including drama, comedy, adventure, mystery, and thriller. With stories of family values, serial killers, crime and corruption, love, and loss there is a wide array of movies for your taste.

The following are a few of the exciting and best Korean movies that you need to watch if you are a movie enthusiast.



THE KING AND THE CLOWN

THE KING AND THE CLOWN

The King and the Clown is a historical drama film directed by Lee Joon-Ik and got released in South Korean in 2005. The movie was adapted from the 2000 stage play named ‘You’ and stars Kam Woo-sung, Lee Joon-gi, and Jung Jin-young. Its story follows a Joseon dynasty king, Yeonsan, and the street entertainers Jangsaeng and Gong-Gil who mock the king.

The street performing duo eventually gets arrested for treason and the sentence for such crimes is death. Jangsaeng makes a deal for their life that they will either make the king laugh with their skit or be executed. This was one of the best Korean movies of 2006 and was the official submission from South Korea for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards.

MY RATING  7.8/10



ODE TO MY FATHER

ODE TO MY FATHER

Ode to My father is a family drama directed by Yoon Je-known and this South Korean film was released in 2014. The film is set over different periods starting from the 1950s to modern-day Korea. It follows the journey of a common man who strives to keep the promise he gave to his father despite the hardships of life.

The film follows the life of Deok-soo and his love for his family starting from a young age until he grows old. The film follows the agony of separation of a family due to the Hungnam Evacuation during the Korean War in 1950, the government policies during the Vietnam War to dispatch nurses and miners.

The film is one of the highest-grossing Korean movies and the movie is widely considered as the Korean Forest Gump.

MY RATING  8 /10



MOTHER

MOTHER

Mother is a South Korean thriller film starring Kim Hye-Ja and Won Bin directed by Bong Joon-ho released in 2009. The story follows the life of a widow who lives alone with her mentally disabled son. One day their whole life is turned upside down when the son is accused of murdering a young girl. With all the options of saving her son from prison gone, she attempts to find the true killer.

The movie has an original plot that sweeps the audience and grips them on the edge of their seats. The movie is a must-watch for the direction of Bong Joon-ho and the performance of Kim Hye-Ja alone. It was critically acclaimed as well as widely received by the audience making it one of the highest-grossing films in the 2009 South Korea box office.

MY RATING  8/10



THE HOST

THE HOST

The Host a South Korean monster film directed by Bong Joon-ho. The movie released in 2006 stars Song Kang-ho, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona, Byun Hee-bong, and Go Ah-sung. This monster movie follows the search and rescue of a man's daughter, after being taken by the monster. The film follows the family on a mission to kill the monster that had taken the youngest member of the family.

The director of the movie Bong Joon-ho is known for his masterpiece Memories of Murder released back in 2003. The movie is completely different from his previous work and for that reason doesn’t feel like the typical monster movie.

The movie became the highest-grossing South Korean film of all time when it got released and is a must-watch for all the monster movie lovers.

MY RATING  7.8 /10



TRAIN TO BUSAN

TRAIN TO BUSAN

Train to Busan is a South Korean Zombie survival film directed by Yeon Sang-ho. This 2016 action-horror movie stars Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, and Ma Dong-Seok. Just as the name suggests most of the film takes place on a train going towards Busan. Everything goes to hell with the breaks out of zombie apocalypse and threatens the safety of the passengers and in the country.

The movie follows a divorced father trying to protect his child along with few survivors who may or may not extend a hand for help set around the Korean bullet train. The movie is highly recommended for those who like Zombie apocalypse with a story that has a good mix of reality, danger, thrill, and emotion.

MY RATING  7.7 /10



I SAW THE DEVIL

I SAW THE DEVIL

I Saw the Devil is an action thriller film directed by Kim Jee-Woon and written by Park Hoon-Jung. This South Korean movie released in 2010 follows National Intelligence Service agent Kim Soo-Hyun played by Lee Byung-hun on a mission of revenge. The story is Kim Soo-Hyun's quest for the blood of the psychopathic serial killer who is responsible for the brutal murder of his fiancée.

The movie is violent and graphic portraying the primal need for revenge that is within every one of us and sometimes evoking the same reaction from its viewers. The movie due to its violent content was forced to make around seven cuts removing about eighty and ninety seconds of graphic visuals for its theatrical release by The Korea Media Rating Board.

This is a must-watch for those dark action thriller movie enthusiasts and one of the best Korean movies of the past decade.

MY RATING  7.9 /10



THE CHASER

THE CHASER

The Chaser is a South Korean action thriller film which is the directorial debut of Na Hong-jin in. The movie stars Kim Yoon-Seok and Ha Jung-woo his and was released in 2008. The film follows the life of a disgraced police officer who is working as a pimp due to his financial trouble. His new world falls apart when two of his prostitutes go missing.

With time against him, the former officer must find the evidence against the killer before he could take another life. The movie is based on real events and follows the struggle to catch the hateful serial killer. With amazing performances, music, and an intense script the viewers are always on edges of their seats making it one of the best Korean movie.

The film is inspired by real-life Korean serial killer Yoo Young-Chul and was shot in parts of Seoul where the real-life incident had taken place.

MY RATING  7.6 /10



THE ADMIRAL: ROARING CURRENTS

THE ADMIRAL: ROARING CURRENTS

The Admiral: Roaring Currents is a South Korean epic action-war film co-written and directed by Kim Han-min and released in 2014. The movie is based on the historical events surrounding the battle of Myeongnyang. The movie contains an ensemble of prominent Korean movie stars led by Choi Min-Sikas the Korean naval commander Yi Sun-sin.

The story follows Admiral Yi Sun-sin as he faces a tough challenge when he has just 13 battleships to fight against 300 Japanese enemy ships and defend his nation in the Battle of Myeongryang. The movie is considered one of the best Korean action movie. The movie is not only the most-watched but also the highest-grossing film of all time in South Korea.

MY RATING  7.6/10



THE MAN FOR NOWHERE

THE MAN FOR NOWHERE

The Man from Nowhere is a South Korean action thriller film written and directed by Lee Jeong-Beom. This 2010 movie stars Won Bin and was the highest-grossing film in 2010. The film follows the life of a mystery man who is always quiet and keeps to himself while living in an apartment alone. Everything changes when the only one he talks to, a young girl gets kidnapped by a mysterious group.

The protagonist embarks on a bloody rampage when the only person who seems to understand him gets kidnapped. This movie is brutally violent and dominated by top-notch fight scenes along with great acting and storytelling. The movie boasts high suspense and action pack thriller which forces the audience not to take the eyes off the screen throughout the movie and one of the best Korean movie.

The movie also got an official Bollywood remake named Rocky Handsome starring John Abraham and was released in 2016.

MY RATING  8.2/10



A TAXI DRIVER

A TAXI DRIVER

A Taxi Driver is a South Korean film written by Eom Yu-na and directed by Jang Hoon. This Korean historical action drama was released in 2017 and follows the story of Song Kang-ho who is assigned by German reporter to take him from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the 1980 uprising in South Korea. Based on a real-life story, the film follows the taxi driver in the backdrop of the uprising.

The movie is the second highest-grossing film of 2017 in South Korean box-office which was both commercial success and critically acclaimed and was the best Korean movie of the year. The movie was the official South Korean entry for the 90th Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film.

MY RATING  8.0/10



MASQUERADE

MASQUERADE

Masquerade is a South Korean period drama film directed by Choo Chang-min and released in 2012. The movie starred by Lee Byung-hun reprises a double role as the King Gwanghae and a lookalike a humble acrobat. The story follows the king played by Lee Byung-hun asking his general to find a lookalike because of the fear of his safety.

The fear of the king comes true and gets poisoned, now it is up to to the look-alike commoner to save his kingdom from falling into chaos. For that, the lookalike must pull off the biggest masquerade in history while avoiding assassination and following his conscience to save his kingdom from collapse. Masquerade is one of the best Korean movies becoming the ninth highest-grossing South Korean film which also became the recipient of various awards winning in 15 different categories including the Best Film.

MY RATING  7.9/10



THE WAILING

THE WAILING

The Wailing is the South Korean horror film directed by Na Hong-jin released in 2016. This horror-thriller stars Kwak Do-won, Chun Woo-hee, and Hwang Jung-min in prominent roles. The story revolves around the investigation of a series of mysterious killings in a remote Korean hamlet called Gokseong and the illnesses surrounding the area.

The villagers doubt a Japanese man living in the forest as bad things and strange murders happen in a village. With great raw performances, cinematography, and story weaving through folklore and superstitions makes it one of the best Korean horror films to date. The film makes the viewers doubt, what to believe and what not, making it both a commercial and critical success

MY RATING  7.8/10



A TALE OF TWO SISTERS (2003)

A TALE OF TWO SISTERS (2003)

A Tale of Two Sisters is a South Korean inspired by a folktale entitled Janghwa Hongryeon jeon during the Joseon era Dynasty. This is a psychological horror drama film written and directed by Kim Jee-Woon and released to 2003. The movie follows two sisters returning home from a mental health facility and there gets questioned when the ghost of their late mother begins to haunt them.

The two sisters must find a way to deal with the ghost along with their stepmother to see if it is connected to the dark past in the family. An American remake this movie was released in 2009 titled The Uninvited and the Japanese version is the better one. It is one of the best Korean movies if you are into physiological horror movies.

MY RATING  7.6/10



SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER... AND SPRING

SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER... AND SPRING

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring is a South Korean film directed by Kim Ki-Duk and released in 2003. The movie is set in a Buddhist monastery on a lake near a pristine forest that floats. The story follows the life of a Buddhist monk through different stages of life from childhood to old age each represented through different seasons of his life. Most of the best Korean movies that tend to be symbolic and this movie too used the language of the symbolism of seasons and life.

The season was represented as different phases of life where each tends stage or season represent different emotion. The movie is a drama depicting the human condition and the significance of life in the grand scheme of things and one of the best Korean movies of all time.

MY RATING  8/10



TAE GUK GI: THE BROTHERHOOD OF WAR

TAE GUK GI: THE BROTHERHOOD OF WAR

Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War is a wartime action drama film directed by Kang Je-Gyu and released in South Korea in 2004. The movie tells the story of two brothers played by Jang Dong-gun and Won Bin who are forcibly drafted into the South Korean army at the outbreak of the Korean War. The elder brother Jin-tae has always taken care of his little brother Jin-Seok and even shines shoes to raise money for his college education.

With the outbreak of the Korean War both the brothers are drafted and it is up to Jin-Tae to protect his younger sibling. He bargains with his commander for the riskiest missions for shielding Jin-Seok from battle. Everything changes when Jin-Tae shocks his younger brother with his growing blood lust. It is one of the best Korean movies that depict the harsh realities of war.

MY RATING  8.2/10



MEMORIES OF MURDER

MEMORIES OF MURDER

Memories of Murder is a South Korean crime drama film released in 2003. The movie is co-written and directed by Bong Joon-ho, based on real-life crime stories during the time between 1986 and 1991. The film follows Song Detective Park and Detective Seo played by Kang-ho and Kim Sang-Kyung respectively trying to solve the murder of a young girl.

The movie captures a realistic and dark image of society with the death of multiple women in town, the inability of the local police, and lack of evidence and means to investigate a crime. The movie is perverted, suspenseful, dark, and violent with a comical touch of reality.

Memories of Murder is considered one of the best Korean movies of all time and the best work of Bong Joon-ho till date.

MY RATING  8.6 /10



THE HANDMAIDEN (2016)

THE HANDMAIDEN

Mademoiselle AKA The Handmaiden is an erotic thriller made by Korean director Park Chan-wook in 2016. Many of you would be familiar with Park Chan-wook from his award-winning  2003 film Oldboy. The Handmaiden can be summed up as an erotic thriller that is set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the early 1900s.

Inspired by Sarah Waters' novel FingersmithThe movie starts with the con man approaching a Korean woman with a heritage of stealing to play as a handmaiden for a young Japanese lady.

The thriller follows the duo trying to con the young Japanese lady and defraud her out of her inheritance. The movie is divided into chapters each dedicated to depicting the past of the characters in the trademark Park Chan-wook style. Here Park Chan-wook is trying to best his work in OLDBOY and archives that in many ways. The film captures the innocence and beauty of the characters secluded in an estate in 1900.

Personally, the movie doesn’t overtake the 2003 film Oldboy in terms of intensity and action but still stands on its right next to his greatest work.

MY RATING  8.5/10



OLDBOY

OLDBOY

Oldboy is a neo-noir South Korean action thriller film adapted from the Japanese manga written by Garon Tsuchiya of the same name. The movie co-written and directed by Park Chan-wookand released in 2003. The movie is also part of the Park Chan-wook’s trilogy series named The Vengeance Trilogy each with an independent cast and storyline following the common theme of Vengeance.

This is the second part of the series and follows the life of a family man Dae-Su, who is one day abducted and imprisoned in a cell without knowing his captor's motives or even his captor’s identity. He is provided with daily nourishments and finally released after 15 years. Dae-Su finds himself still trapped even after his release in a web of violence, conspiracy, and vengeance.

The film is not for faint of hearts with being the recipient of many awards, boasts the best action sequences of the past generation, and one of the best action thrillers of all time.

MY RATING  8.5 /10



UPCOMING NEW LATEST HOLLYWOOD MOVIES 2020


SUMMARY


  • The above mentioned shows are some of the Best Korean Movies that you need to see before everything else.
  • here are some of the amazing movies which are of different genres for your entertainment and it is recommended not to miss these gems.
  • Did we miss some of your favorite movies what do you think are some of  the best Korean  movies, do mention in the comments.






BEST KOREAN MOVIES TO WATCH BEFORE EVERYTHING BEST KOREAN MOVIES TO WATCH BEFORE EVERYTHING Reviewed by KARTHIK on June 29, 2020 Rating: 5

No comments:

Powered by Blogger.