27 Must-Watch South Korean Movies
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27 Must-Watch South Korean Movies

One of the most exciting film industries right now is South Korea. Thanks to its acclaimed filmmakers, the South Korea film industry has crossed borders and gained international fans. If you want to get a great paper on screenwriting, check out https://mypaperdone.com/. Have a look at the amazing 27 South Korean movies that this cinema has produced:

A list of must-watch South Korean films and Parasite isn’t there? It is out of the question. Bong Joon Ho’s masterpiece, Parasite is a black comedy thriller that takes an engrossing stance on the strong themes of class and financial inequality. All out of work, Ki-taek’s family shows great interest in the rich Park family for their living until they get involved in an unanticipated incident.

Released in 2011 and directed by Lee Chang-dong, Poetry is an emotionally stirring movie that explores the memory, family, and mortality themes very impressively. The affecting story follows an elderly woman who, discovered the odious family crime and struggled to deal with Alzheimer’s, finds peace and strength with the help of poetry.

Oldboy from Park Chan-wook – one of Korea’s most celebrated directors - is an action-thriller tale based on punishment and vengeance. This visceral movie is about Oh Dae-su who has been imprisoned for 15 years without any reason and captors unknown. When released, he realized he is still stuck in some plan and seeks revenge while falling for a girl along the way.

Mother (Madeo)
Another Bong Joon Ho’s movie on the list, Mother (called Madeo in South Korea) is one of the country’s highest-earning movies. Released in 2010, Mother is a dramatic crime thriller that follows the story of a single mother who, after his mentally unstable son is accused of murder, desperately hunts for the real killer to prove her son’s innocence.

Burning (Beoning)
Directed by Lee Chang-dong, Burning is a psychological mystery drama that tells the story of a young novelist who reunites with a girl from his past and looks after her cat and home while she goes on a trip to Africa. But things get complex when she returns with a strange guy who holds a mysterious secret.

The Handmaiden
The Handmaiden, an erotic psychological thriller set in 1930s Korea during the Japanese control, follows the story of a rich Japanese heiress and her handmaiden who is hired by a con man. The handmaiden is secretly involved in a plot to cheat and steal the heiress’ fortune but her plans changed as her emotions got in the way.

The Host
Another masterpiece from Bong Joon Ho, The Host is a thriller whose plot is centered on the family of Park Gang-du, an average family living and employed in Seoul. When a horrific monster emerges from the Han River and takes Park’s daughter away, the family does everything to rescue the girl from the monster’s grip.

Train to Busan
Train to Busan is a thriller that presents an epic take on one of the most classic movie categories – the zombie attack. Released in 2016 and directed by Yeon Sang-ho, it is a zombie horror-thriller that follows the story of Sok-woo and his young daughter as they board a train to Busan. Entire South Korea is taken over by a zombie apocalypse and an infected person boards the train. The outbreak spreads through the carriages and the terrified passengers fight for survival.

Memories of Murder
Bong Joon Ho’s Memories of Murder is a crime film that is based on the spate of murders happened in a small Korean province in the 1980s. The movie follows the story of two detectives who struggle to solve the mystery of brutally raped and murdered women by an unknown criminal.

The Age of Shadows
Directed by Kim Jee-woon, The Age of Shadows is an action thriller movie that tells the story of Korean resistance fighters who brings explosives illegally to knock down the facilities controlled by the Japanese government during the early 20th century.

On the Beach at Night Alone
Released in 2017, On the Beach at Night Alone is a drama film directed and produced by the great filmmaker Hong Sang-soo. This movie tells us the story of a beautiful young actress who wanders around a seaside town to think about her relationship with her director. While she wonders if he misses her as much as she does, the actress explores the meaning of love and betrayal.

My Sassy Girl
My Sassy Girl is a romantic comedy that is based on a collection of true stories later turned into the best-selling book. The story focuses on a boy who saved a drunk girl standing near the train at a metro station in Seoul and developed a sense of responsibility for her as she continues to get him into trouble.

Shiri, also called Swiri in its native language, is an action film that follows two special South Korean secret agents who attempt to prevent a terrorist plot including a liquid explosion while tracking a female assassin ready to wreak havoc.

Taegugki: The Brotherhood of War is an action drama film focusing on two brothers who were conscripted into the South Korean army to fight the Korean War in 1950. The strongest of the two brothers, the elder decides to make use of his strength and bravery to take risks for ensuring the safety of his brother.

Beat is a teen drama movie that recounts the story of a teenager who forsakes school and figures out how to become a source of strength for his widowed mother. At the same time, he also tries to win over an upper-class girl who is ready to enroll in the college.

A Tale of Two Sisters
A Tale of Two Sisters is a horror movie from Kim Jee-woon and inspired by the ancient South Korean folktale Jangha and Hongryun. The story focuses on two sisters who, after spending time at a psychiatric institution, returns to her father and wicked stepmother. Once there, the entire family gets haunted by various disturbing events.

No Regret
South Korea’s first fully LGBTQ+ movie, No Regret was released in 2006 and directed by Leesong Hee-il. The movie is about the love story between two guys – an orphan trying to make a living in Seoul and his client - who faces so many obstacles on finding their way back to each other.

I Saw the Devil
I Saw the Devil is a revenge thriller that focuses on a special agent who seeks vengeance against the culprit who murdered his fiancée. He pursues revenge through a chain of captures and releases and became the monster himself to get that monstrous killer.

The Chaser
The Chaser is a crime thriller that tells the story of an ex-cop who became a pimp and runs a circle of prostitutes. Realizing several of his girls recently disappeared, he tries to track them down and notices a pattern. He finds a clue that all disappeared girls were invited by the same client, leading to a terrible end for both men.

The Man from Nowhere
Directed by Lee Jeong-beom, The Man from Nowhere is an action-thriller that tells the story of a quiet pawnbroker who goes on a killing spree to save a little girl who was his only friend.

Secret Sunshine
Secret Sunshine, from the same director who presented Poetry and Burning to the screen (Lee Chang-dong), delivers a heart-breaking drama. The story tells about a grieving widow who moved to her late husband’s hometown. As she tries to move on with her life, kismet took a savage turn which changed everything.

A Taxi Driver
A Taxi Driver, directed by Jang Hoon, is an action-drama film that covers the events of the 1980 Gwangju Uprising from an interesting perspective. The story focuses on a taxi driver who drives a German reporter to Gwangju and mistakenly gets himself into trouble.

The Wailing
The Wailing is a mysterious-thriller movie that follows the story of a cop whose daughter becomes infected with some disturbing sickness after her father sees a scary presence in the woods. The father then tries to solve the mystery to save his daughter’s life.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring, released in 2003, is a romantic drama that is made up of five segments and tells the story of a boy brought up by a Buddhist monk in an outlying temple where the time pass like the seasons.

Hotel by the River
Directed by Hong Sang-soo and released in 2018, Hotel by the River follows the story of a poet who invited his sons to a hotel for the reunion, believing he is on the verge of death.

The Yellow Sea
This movie tells the story of a taxi driver, living in China, who was assigned to murder a professor to settle some outstanding debts. But when the attempt to kill went wrong, the taxi driver ran for his life.

Thirst is a dramatic horror film centered on a priest that volunteers for a privy vaccination project to cure a deadly disease. The project goes wrong and the priest turns into a vampire, developing a taste for blood.

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