I am a movie fanatic. On days where I have spare time, I actively research online to find any well-received films. So far, my efforts have not disappointed me. Some of the movies that I watch drive such influential themes that I introspect deeply about my life and its goals. And this is exactly what a great movie should do. But then I noticed something, a lot of the movies that touched my inner sense had one thing in common: they were all Korean.
And I would like to share some of my5 favourite Korean films with you. However, not all of them are tear-jerking, soul-searching movies because let’s get real, too much of this can be boring. That is why I mixed up my playlist.
So sit back, relax, and scroll!
5. Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War (태극기 휘날리며)
Synopsis: Two brothers are unwillingly drafted into the South Korean army at the outbreak of the Korean War.
Cast: Jang Don-gun (장동건), Won Bin (원빈)
4. The Attorney (변호인)
Synopsis: Based on a real-life courtroom case by the late South Korean president, Roh Moo-hyun. It tells the story of one lawyer going against the odds to defend a student activist who had been wrongfully arrested on fabricated charges.
Cast: Song Kang-Ho (송강호), Kim Young-Ae (김영애), Oh Dal-Su (오달수), Kwak Do-Won (곽도원), Siwan (시완)
3. The Man From Nowhere (아저씨)
Synopsis: A retired special agent befriends a young girl who is later abducted by drug and organ trafficking drug lords.
Cast: Won Bin (원빈)
2. New World (신세계)
Synopsis: A story of lies, betrayal, and loyalty. This film shows the conflict between the police and the mob through the eyes of an undercover cop (source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2625030/)
Cast: Lee Jung-Jae (이정재), Choi Min-Sik (최민식), Hwang Jung-Min (황정민), Park Sung-Woong (박성웅)
1. The Host (괴물)
Synopsis: The people of Han River are terrorized by a mutated amphibious creature.
Cast: Song Kang-Ho (송강호), Byun Hee-Bong (변희봉), Park Hae-Il (박해일), Bae Doo-Na (배두나)
I hope you get the chance to watch at least one of these astounding films. It is motion pictures like these that push the Hallyu Wave. Obviously, there is still progress to be made but if Korea continues to make films like these, I can’t wait to see what will be featured next at our local movie theater.
If you have seen any or all of the aforementioned films, let me know what your favourite scene(s) was in the comments below. But if you did not enjoy it as much as I did, let me know why and perhaps I can suggest others that will be more suitable to your taste!