Nowadays, all the glory of cinema belongs to American production. However, over the years, Asian cinema has attracted the attention of an increasing number of people who are looking for something new and unique in films. The goal can be reached by Korean cinema, which is gaining more and more popularity and a variety of genres. Here we have compiled a selection of the best Korean films of the last millennium. Enjoy the movies.
Train to Busan (2016)
South Korea is known for its action movies. So, fantasy horror about how difficult it is to travel by train in the midst of a zombie apocalypse is one of the bright examples. The plot surrounds a little girl named Su-an, who has her birthday. The girl lives with her father in Seoul and really wants to go to her mother in Busan. A mysterious virus hits the country on their way to the city, so unexpected things started to happen. Passengers of the train to Busan – the only city that has repelled the attacks of the virus-will have to fight for survival. 442 kilometers on the way. The film shows that staying alive isn't enough. What is much more essential is to remain human.
IMDb rating: 7.6View on Amazon
First South Korean Movie to Win Best International Film Oscar. If you still haven't seen it, the best time do do that is now.
The usual Korean Kim family does not lead a luxurious lifestyle. They have to live in a damp, dirty basement, steal the Internet from their neighbors, and survive on odd jobs. One day, a friend of the son leaving for an internship abroad offers to replace him and work as a tutor for a high school student in a rich family Park. Having forged a diploma of higher education, the guy goes to a chic designer mansion and makes a good impression on the hostess of the house. Immediately, he comes up with an unusual plan for the employment of his sister. The plot isn't that simple as it seems to be. The development of events is very quick and unexpected, so the film will definitely make you pleasantly surprised and amused.
IMDb rating: 8.6View on Amazon
The Handmaiden (2016)
It is a historic drama with an unbelievable plausibility of that time. In the 1930s, Korea under Japanese rule. The fraudster, nicknamed the Count, offers the poor girl Suk-hee to participate in the case, promising a solid income. He expects to charm a rich Japanese woman Hideko, run away with her to Japan, marry her, then declare her crazy, put her in a madhouse, and take possession of the wealth. And Suk-hee must help him by hiring herself as Hideko's servant. Which she did. But suddenly, the Count's perfect plan is in jeopardy. If you are interested in such a genre, Korean cinema is one of the best to choose.
IMDb rating: 8.1View on Amazon
I saw the Devil (2010)
A maniac brutally killed and dismembered the daughter of a retired police official. The girl was the fiancee of Special Agent Kim Soo-Hyun, and he wouldn't just let it go. Soo-Hyun checks all the perverts who are registered with the police quickly find the right one, but he is in no hurry to drag him to the police. The special agent has his plan of revenge. The film is not for the faint of heart or for those who are afraid of blood. However, the plot and acting deserve your special attention. This is the perfect story of love, revenge, suffering, and retribution.
IMDb rating: 7.8View on Amazon
Brotherhood of War (2004)
The beginning of the Korean War. Peaceful prosperity, happy expectations, dreams, and hopes are shattered in an instant when the chaos and horror of war engulf the country. Jin-Tae tries to save his loved ones by sending them to the seemingly calm south of the Korean Peninsula, but the worst thing is that his younger brother was taken to the front. Jin-Tae desperately tried to thwart the recruiters and ended up on the recruiting train himself. Untrained, poorly armed recruits are thrown into the front line. They are ordered to hold the line at the Nakton River and not to give up their positions. They are cannon fodder for the high command. The film is based on the realities and brutality of war. It is able to immerse you in the atmosphere of that time and feel all the experiences of the characters.
IMDb rating: 8.1View on Amazon
Together with his parents and adored older brother Yoo-Seok, 21-year-old Jin-Seok moves into a new home. The previous owner left his things in one room, and the father tells his sons not to go in, but Jin-Seok constantly hears strange sounds from there. The guy is studying for exams and taking pills, so the family believes that he can hear it. One day, in front of his younger brother, Yoo-Seok is kidnapped. He returns after 19 days, remembers nothing about his disappearance and seems to his brother a slightly different person. This is a wonderful detective story that will change your idea of Korean cinema. Excellent completion of our TOP list.
IMDb rating: 7.4
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