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So Would you like to Know More About Korean Cinema?

  • Mar 11, 2010
South Korea has taken off to new hieights ever since Park Chan-Wook and Kim Ki-Duk had gained international fame. The door has been open to Korean cinema, to the likes of Hong Sang-soo and Lee Chang Dong among many others. Korean directors have been hailed by acclaimed dirtectors such as Scorsese and Tarantino for their awesome cinematography. I've been asked to compile a list of my favorite Korean movies so I'll give it a shot. These are the ones that come off the top of my head...
Secret Sunshine
One of the most dramatic movies I've ever seen. Winner of numerous awards including best actress.
See the full review, "A Harrowing Tale About a Woman who Lost Her Religious Faith...".
A very unusual love story...
See the full review, "Not your Standard Romeo and Juliet--POWERFUL and Awe-INSPIRING!!".
This Korean vampire movie is one of the best I've ever seen. Directed by Park Chan-Wook
See the full review, "South Korean Director Park Chan Wook's Take On Vampirism and The Seven Deadly Sins".
The Ultimate Revenge! Put Park Chan-Wook on the map!
See the full review, "A Gripping Modern tragedy and a Contemporary Classic!".
Samaritan Girl
Kim Ki-Duk claimed the title outcast director with this movie.
See the full review, "A Moving Tale of Sin, Shame, Guilt and the Lack of Communication".
The Isle (2001)
The drama of isolation and of loneliness...
See the full review, "Sexy, Erotic and Surreal--Seo Jeong Seduces and Amazes! (Plus: Fish hooks)".
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HARD-BOILED ACTION has Never Looked This damned good!
See the full review, "Revenge Has Never Looked this DAMNED GOOD!".
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Kim Ji-Woon's Oriental Western has enthralled Asia and Europe!
See the full review, "One Map, Three Villains--WINNER TAKES IT ALL!".
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The Korean Momento collides with Irreversible...
See the full review, "A "Backwards" Tale of Life and Love".
The Korean film that opened my eyes to Korean cinema! action, political intrigue and romance!
See the full review, "Blends Action, Tragic Emotions, Espionage and Political Intrigue!".
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Kim Ki-Duk's movie about the a bizarre love story...
See the full review, "Surreal, Engaging and Thought-Provoking; May Well Be One of Kim Ki-Duk's Best".
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Mystery, politics and a ghost story all rolled into one!
See the full review, "A Tense, Gripping South Korean Mystery Horror Thriller".
Shadowless Sword
The Korean wuxia film that cemented Korea's position in the martial arts genre.
See the full review, "The Killer BABE Stomps on the Killer Blade in this Korean Wuxia Swordplay Epic!".
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ONE AGAINST 10,000 demonic warriors...'nuff said!
See the full review, "Technically Astounding, this Wuxia Fantasy Film can Charm and Entertain!".
Korea does the gangster genre.
See the full review, "YOU Will REAP What You SOW...".
Lady Vengeance
Makes KILL BILL appear like Looney Tunes!
See the full review, "Park Chan-Wook's "Vengeance Trilogy" Comes in a Dish Served Cold!!".
Green Chair
A love affair between a 32 year old woman and a 19 year old guy. Based on the true incident
See the full review, "3 ½ Stars: A Moving, Endearing Erotic Drama About Forbidden Love".
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The Best Korean romatic comedy I've seen in years!
See the full review, "4 ½ Stars: An Original, Clever and Unpredictable Romantic Comedy!".
The story about love, infidelity and loneliness...
See the full review, "An "ART HOUSE" Korean Romantic Drama Filled With Beautiful Simplicity".
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Yoon-Jin Kim...'nuff said!
See the full review, "Thrilling and Fast-Paced! South Korea's Done it Again!".
J.S.A. - Joint Security Area
The Film that gave Park Chan Wook the license to make any movie he wants!
See the full review, "Park Chan Wook's Political Thriller Examines a Very REAL and Dire Situation of the Korean People".
Fighter in the Wind
Based on the manga that was inspired by the life of KARATE MASTER Choi Bae-Dul!
See the full review, ""TOUGHEST MAN in the World"...Quoted by the New York Times, 1961".

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March 12, 2010
I have seen four of these films and have a couple more already in my queue. Great list (the ones I am familiar with at least).
March 11, 2010
I was just about to get ARAHAN when it dropped off NetFlix for some reason. Boy am I pissed!
March 11, 2010
I really need to get Netflix or something. Between books and anime and American films and now foreign little time...This is a very helpful list for someone looking to get into this genre. "Secret Sunshine" sounds interesting.
March 11, 2010
I've got to watch more of these movies, especially the one that made it to the first place slot. Great list!
March 11, 2010
Very nice! I can't believe you have reviews for all of these. That's literally awesome. I realize now how many of your reviews I've yet to read, not to mention how few Korean films I've seen.
March 11, 2010
There was a time when I would buy a lot more Korean movies than any other films from any other country, this list is a mere fraction of the korean movies I've seen but these are the movies that I think most Western viewers would really like.
March 11, 2010
I've reviewed every on the titles.
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