5 Awesome Korean Made Films
There is so much more going on in South Korea than amazing food, and its rapidly expanding K-POP scene. Their films are some of the greatest out there, and we are going to list our top 5 favorites!
5. The Host (2006)
Not to be confused with the horrible Stephanie Meyer movie made years later. This monster flick is SK’s top movie of 2006, and broke numerous box office records in South Korea that year. The movie is funny, suspenseful and has some pretty great CGI for its time and budget.
4. Snowpiecer (2013)
I know what you are thinking, “but Chris Evans is in this, how could it be a Korean film!?” This movie’s screenplay was written by a Korean screenwriter, directed by an amazing Korean Director and features some of Korea’s best actors, AND it was filmed in South Korea. That’s why this movie is on the list. The movie is amazing to watch due to the cinematography by Hong Kyung-pyo, and is one of the best dystopian films made to date.
3. The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008)
This was one of my personal first introductions outside of The Host to Korean Cineman, and holy what a ride! It is one of the best western/adventures made in recent years and has a ton to offer. The story is solid, the comedy is gold and features some great actors such as Byng-hun Lee (G.I. Joe, RED 2), Kang-ho Song (Snowpiecer), and Woo-sung Jung (The Warrior). This is a must see if you are into westerns and good ol desert chase scenes.
2. My Sassy Girl (2001)
This is one of the largest grossing and most popular comedies not only in South Korea, but also in most of Asia. Whem the movie was released, it became a mega blockbuster hit in the entire region, from Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, as well as Southeast Asia and parts of South Asia. If you are a fan of romantic comedies, this will be the movie for you.
1. Old Boy (2003)
How could any other movie but this be #1. Old Boy defined a genre of movies and was a cult hit since its release in 2003. There was also a sub par remake of the film starring Josh Brolin in 2013… you dont have to watch it, trust me. Do however watch the original Old Boy for some of the best film noir/revenge storytelling ever to hit the screen. The end of the film will leave you speechless.